Moving Relatively To Trap, Impeller Or Valve To Cause Discharge Patents (Class 222/162)
  • Patent number: 11413637
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device having a body, a reservoir including a neck, a dispenser member mounted on the reservoir, a lateral actuator system secured to the body and including a lever pivotally mounted, and a transverse projection formed directly on the reservoir and formed on or below the neck and co-operating, during actuation, with the lateral actuator system. The reservoir includes two parallel transverse projections that extend in symmetrical manner respectively on either side of the reservoir, a radial recess being defined between the two parallel transverse projections, the radial recess co-operating with the body so as to guide the reservoir axially during actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Ludovic Petit
  • Patent number: 11331849
    Abstract: A bottom-up powder conveying mechanism for a powder bed-based laser melting (PBLM) system includes a powder reservoir having a movable floor operable as a piston to convey powder towards an upper opening in the powder reservoir opposite the floor and through the upper opening to a working plane of the PBLM system. The bottom-up powder conveying mechanism further includes an external reservoir connected, via a sloping conduit, to the powder reservoir for conducting powder to the powder reservoir. The powder reservoir includes a side wall with a lower opening that is lower than the upper opening in the powder reservoir and through which the powder reservoir can be filled with the powder. The lower opening is connected in a gas-tight and releasable manner to the sloping conduit in order to be able to conduct the powder in a gravity-driven manner from the external reservoir into the powder reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Aconity GmbH
    Inventors: Yves-Christian Hagedorn, Andreas Görres
  • Patent number: 11213636
    Abstract: An assistive device for a metered dose inhaler decreases the force required to operate the inhaler. The assistive device has a body with a passage for receiving a replaceable conventional metered dose inhaler assembly that has a canister and a transverse mouthpiece with an axis of the canister aligning approximately with that of the passage. At least two symmetrically arranged levers extend in a direction away from the body and parallel to an axis thereof. A proximal end of each lever is attached to the body such that the free opposite ends of the levers may be moved towards and away from each other. An inwardly directed cam surface on each of the levers engages a closed end of a canister in use to move the canister longitudinally to cause a dose of medicament to be dispensed from the canister. An optional dose counter may form part of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: University of Cape Town
    Inventors: Sudesh Sivarasu, Giancarlo Lanfranci Beukes, Jason Dirk Voorneveld, Michael Levin
  • Patent number: 11027305
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container receiving device (10) for a dispensing container (28), in particular dispensers for liquid media, comprising a housing (12) comprising four side walls (14, 16, 18) and a housing bottom (20) for receiving the dispensing container (28) and a housing lid (22), with a securing device (47) for the dispensing container (28), with the securing device (47) comprising a latch (50) movable between a locking position and a release position, with the latch (50) in the locking position being moved into a region above a wall of a dispensing container (25) located in the container receiving device (10), so that the dispensing container (28) is secured against removal from the container receiving device (10) and in the release position is moved, in particular pivoted, out of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Bode Chemie GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Langlotz, Stefan Kuboteit
  • Patent number: 10959503
    Abstract: A robust and ergonomic fluid dispenser (1) suitable for dispensing cosmetic compositions and comprising a cylindrical outer body, an upper section having a domed applicator surface, a cylindrical lower section that forms a protective cover for a refill cartridge (13), a rotatable actuator collar (4), an axially mobile pump housing (6) carrying a pump engine inside, the rotatable actuator collar (4) and axially mobile pump housing (6) interacting by means of a cam track on one and a cam follower on the other, the pump housing (6) being reversibly attached to the refill cartridge (13), the cam follower (7) on the pump housing (6) rising on rotation of the actuator collar (4) in a first direction and thereby lifting the pump housing (6) and the refill cartridge (13) to a raised position and actuating the pump engine, the cam follower (7) on the pump housing (6) falling on rotation of the actuator collar (4) in a second direction to a rest position and thereby lowering the pump housing (6) and the refill cartridg
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Lewis Bilton, Timothy John Taylor Davies, Christopher John Jones
  • Patent number: 10837690
    Abstract: A refrigerator utilizes in some instances an icemaker having a tandem arrangement of storage bins. A first storage bin receives ice produced by an icemaker and includes a reversible ice mover that when operated in a first direction feeds an ice dispenser, and when operated in a second direction feeds a second storage bin disposed below the first storage bin. A refrigerator may also in another aspect include an externally-accessible ice dispenser having a dispenser recess portion that is removable from the refrigerator when the doors of the refrigerator are closed, e.g., for the purpose of accessing an ice storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eric Scalf
  • Patent number: 10766051
    Abstract: An apparatus for wetting one or more absorbent strips with a solution can comprise a solution tray and a dispenser tray, each comprising a base that defines opposing upper and lower surfaces and one or more openings and a sidewall extending away from the upper surface and disposed along a periphery of the base. One or more dispensers can each include a tube extending between first and second ends, the first end being coupled to the dispenser tray's base such that the tube is configured to receive solution from a respective one of the opening(s) of the dispenser tray. An applicator tray can be configured to receive the strip(s). The solution, dispenser, and applicator trays are positionable to permit solution to flow through the solution tray's opening(s) onto the dispenser tray's base, through the dispenser tray's opening(s) into the dispenser(s), and through the dispenser(s) onto the applicator tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Max Lee Horton
  • Patent number: 10442605
    Abstract: A spraying device for spraying fluid from a replaceable refill is described wherein the refill possesses a refill body containing a reservoir of fluid to be sprayed, a valve stem in fluid communication with the reservoir and a spray head mounted on the valve stem, the spray head having an exit nozzle, wherein the spray device comprises: a housing formed from an top portion and a base portion which are releasably connectable with each other through contact between engagement means on each portion, wherein the top portion comprises: a cavity configured to house at least an top portion of the refill therein; a top surface and an engagement surface having an top portion housing wall therebetween, wherein the top portion housing wall has a thickness; an actuation mechanism configured, in use, to actuate the spray head to spray fluid via the exit nozzle; a spray opening configured to permit, in use, sprayed fluid to exit the device into the surrounding environment; and wherein the base portion comprises: a cavity c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited
    Inventors: James Edward Brunt, Martin Butler, Avijit Das, Richard Gamble, David Sanders, Christopher Witty, Simon Woolley
  • Patent number: 10414578
    Abstract: An actuator for operatively engaging and dispensing a fluent medicament from a package in the form of a spray. The actuator includes a housing to receive and hold the package and further includes a force amplification mechanism that is connected to, and movable with respect to, the housing. The housing further includes a force transfer mechanism operatively engaged with a portion of the package. The force amplification mechanism is coupled with force transfer mechanism for accumulating a force sufficient to dispense the medicament from the package in the form of a spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INSYS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan R. Naylor, Lien-Lung Sheu
  • Patent number: 10377556
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus configured to couple to a valve stem of an aerosol container and to interface with a dispenser to actuate the valve stem. The apparatus includes a body portion having an internal bore configured to receive a valve stem. The internal bore has an internal diameter. A wall has a thickness defined between the internal bore and an exterior surface of the body portion. The body portion further includes an aperture having a diameter selected to avoid atomization of fluid travelling through the aperture. The wall thickness is selected to prevent collapsing of the wall when the valve stem is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Paul E. Furner, Dirk K. Nickel
  • Patent number: 10219449
    Abstract: A method for plant treatment, including: receiving a first measurement for a plant from a sensor as the sensor moves within a geographic area comprising a plurality of plants; in response to receipt of the first measurement and prior to receipt of a second measurement for a second plant of the plurality, determining a set of treatment mechanism operation parameters for the plant to optimize a geographic area output parameter based on the first measurement and historical measurements for the geographic area; determining an initial treatment parameter for the plant; and operating a treatment mechanism in a treatment mode based on the set of operating parameters in response to satisfaction of the initial treatment parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Blue River Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Redden
  • Patent number: 10105501
    Abstract: Particular aspects provide novel atomizers for generating particles over a broad range of MMAD size distributions, the eliminating the requirement for an impaction baffle in generating the desired particle sizes. In particular aspects, the atomization means communicates with a remote particle filter member configured and positioned to provide for particle size filtering. In additional aspects, the atomization means communicates with a particle dispersion chamber suitable to impart a desired particle flow pattern to particles within and exiting the dispersion chamber. In further aspects, the atomization means communicates with a nasal, ocular, oral or ‘vicinity’ adapter. The novel devices provide for targeted (e.g., nasal, ocular, oral, local vicinity), systemic, and/or topical delivery of an atomized liquid (e.g., via the nasal cavity, olfactory region, and mouth). Further exemplary aspects relate to aerosolization and delivery of perfume, fragrance, essential oil or cosmeceutical agents and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Kurve Technology, INC.
    Inventors: Marc Giroux, William A. DeGroodt, Joseph R. Pearce, Robert W. Kamp, Finn O. Rinne, Paul C. Leung
  • Patent number: 9969539
    Abstract: A closure cap for a container having a spout is described. The closure cap includes a tubular base, a flexible cover, and a flow restriction member. The tubular base is positionable about and sealingly engageable with the spout. The flexible cover is extends over the tubular base and movable between a non-depressed position and a depressed position. The flow restriction member is detachably mounted to the tubular base such that the flow restriction member is in a spaced, coaxial relationship with the spout when the tubular base is engaged with the spout and when the flexible cover is in the non-depressed position and such that the flow restriction member is detached from the tubular base and positioned on and engaged with the spout of the container when the flexible cover is moved to the depressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Joel Dean Genaw, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9782509
    Abstract: In-wall dispensing modules, such as room freshener modules, can reside in a housing with a cover that can be opened to access an interior space of the module to, inter alia, replace used containers. The housings are configured to reside inside a wall of a room. The front cover can be a planar cover that is flush, slightly recessed or slightly protrudes from the wall. The housings can be a “custom” housing size and/or may be configured to occupy a single gang box or a compartment of a multi-gang junction box. The modules can include an actuator that can cause a canister to emit scented fluid at desired intervals and/or on-demand. The modules can have a User Interface (UI) wireless and/or wired connection to a whole-house “smart” system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Saivaraprasad Murahari, Pramod Kumar
  • Patent number: 9420935
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Sathish A. Sundaram
  • Patent number: 9345847
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washing water spraying vessel for a nasal cavity cleaner. A pumping operation of a pumping member is performed only when a pair of buttons formed on both sides of an outer cap are simultaneously pressed, which allows enabling fundamentally blocking the pumping operation through external pressure unintended by a user, thereby not only preventing washing water from being unnecessarily consumed but also preventing an inner part of the overcap from being contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Kim, You-seob Kim
  • Patent number: 9277766
    Abstract: A semi-automatic cigarette-making machine of the tobacco-injecting type including a housing with an aperture and a compacting chamber in communication with the aperture for receiving loose tobacco, a compacting member mounted for manual reciprocal up and down motion from an initial position adjacent the top of the compacting chamber toward the bottom of the compacting chamber in response to the rotation of a pair of opposed gears, and an injection spoon mounted for automatic powered reciprocal lateral movement from a rest position within the compacting chamber across the compacting chamber to transport rod-like compacted tobacco shapes past the ejection side of the compacting chamber and into a hollow cigarette tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: REPUBLIC TOBACCO L.P.
    Inventor: Junmo Chen
  • Patent number: 9168548
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing device for a trash container spray system may be provided. In accordance with at least one embodiment, the liquid dispensing device is activated upon the trash receptacle being lifted and placed back on the ground, moving a piston and actuator component of the liquid dispensing device from a first to second position, back to the first position, and providing the force needed to spray the liquid compound into the interior of the trash receptacle. In accordance with at least one embodiment, a manually activated pump feature may be provided for spraying a liquid compound into the interior of a trash receptacle via the liquid dispensing device. In accordance with at least one embodiment, a float valve feature may be provided for spraying the liquid compound into the interior of the trash receptacle via the liquid dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Stephen Larabee
  • Patent number: 9156048
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device including a body (10), a reservoir (20), a dispenser head (100), and a dispenser member (30) mounted by a fastener ring (60). The device includes a lateral actuator system (40) secured to the body (10) and having an actuator element (41) movable between a rest position and an actuated position. The lateral actuator system (40) includes a presser element (42) mounted on the body (10) to pivot about an axis (A). The actuator element (41) is mounted on the presser element (42) to pivot about an axis (B) that is substantially parallel to the axis (A). The actuator element (41) co-operates with the presser element (42) by a multi-directional ball joint (400) that enables the actuator element (41) to pivot about the axis (B) and to move relative to the presser element (42) in at least one other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Francois Le Maner
  • Patent number: 9044522
    Abstract: A spray dispenser includes a housing for placement in a space. The housing is adapted to receive at least one container having a material therein for emission into the space in response to at least one of a timer, manual actuation and sensory input. The spray dispenser further includes at least three sensors distributed around a perimeter of the housing for the detection of sensory input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Gasper, Christopher S. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 8985397
    Abstract: A system for spraying, according to various aspects of the present invention, includes a shuttle and a trigger switch. The shuttle and the trigger switch cooperate with discontinuous mechanical coupling. The trigger switch provides a discontinuity in bias against operation of the trigger switch by the user. Consequently, the user experiences tactile feedback before spray is released. Prior to tactile feedback, the system establishes a communication link. When spray is released, the system transmits a notice via the communication link. Such a system when equipped with pepper spray aerosol is advantageous for self-defense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian 8 Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 8944285
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes an indicator housing having an interior and an opening communicating with the interior. A first actuator is disposed within the interior and includes a resilient arm member defining a pawl portion. The first actuator is reciprocally moveable between an actuated position and an at-rest position. A spring is disposed in the indicator housing and biases the first actuator towards the at-rest position. A ratchet gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing, and is rotatable in response to the movement of the first actuator between the actuated and at-rest positions. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the ratchet gear. A second actuator is shaped to be received through the opening in the indicator housing. The second actuator and indicator housing are moveable relative to each other between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140374447
    Abstract: An improved paperboard structure to hold a fluid filled carton is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: George Coogan, Jason Ray, Stokes Smith, Bill Jones, Ron Couvillon
  • Patent number: 8893933
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inverted constant-volume injection mechanism using an actuator which comprises a valve member (5), a movable member (6), a pressing-on operation member (7), and a pressing operation lever (8). On the basis of an operation by a user to hold a container main body and press the pressing-on operation member (7) onto the scalp (13) or a pressing operation by the pressing operation lever (8), first, output valves (5a, 7d) of the actuator art closed and a flow-in valve (4b) of a stem (4) is opened so that the content in the container main body flows into a constant amount chamber (A) defined between the flow-in valve (4b) to the output valves (5a, 7d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mitani Valve Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuo Ohshima
  • Patent number: 8893927
    Abstract: A cartridge for selectively dispensing an additive to water that includes a housing, a bladder disposed within the housing, and a pump connected to the housing and in fluid communication with the bladder. The bladder is configured to contain a consumable additive such as a flavor, for water. The pump is operable to selectively dispense an amount of the additive into water. The cartridge may be connected to a water filtration system such that the cartridge may dispense the additive into filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pur Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Judd Dylan Olson, John Paul Boros, Michael Robert Schroeder, Kenneth John Edelman, David James Emmons, Richard Alan Arett, William Joseph Cruzen
  • Patent number: 8887963
    Abstract: A universal yoke for actuating an actuation head of a canister is provided. The universal yoke can include a plurality of support ribs, an actuating nub including a first triggering surface, and an actuating tab including a second triggering surface. The plurality of support ribs can be arranged to nest with a plurality of differently shaped top portions of canisters. Either one of the first triggering surface and the second triggering surface can be arranged to independently actuate an actuation head of a nested canister top portion when the canister is forced into contact with the universal yoke. The universal yoke can be implemented with a dispensing device capable of cradling various-sized canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Aziz Zizoune, Breana Therese Murphy
  • Patent number: 8844766
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for dispensing disinfectant to a user and associated monitoring systems and methods. The dispenser assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity and a container disposed within the cavity and releasably secured to the main housing. The container contains a fluid therewithin. An electronics unit is coupled to the main housing and includes a sensor for detecting an activation signal. The electronics unit includes a controller for producing a reminder signal in response to the detection of the activation signal to remind the user to dispense fluid from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sterilogy, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Zaima, Bradley Ahlgren
  • Patent number: 8833613
    Abstract: A cylindrical container for preferably foam compound cylinder is described, including a base portion separately couplable with a head portion, the head portion including an attachment flange adapted to accommodate a valved head of the cylinder and couplable with an attachment flange of an application device of the substance contained in the cylinder, and attachment part engageable with a thread of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rigo S.R.L.
    Inventor: Riccardo Rigolio
  • Publication number: 20140252027
    Abstract: A system for spraying, according to various aspects of the present invention, includes a shuttle and a trigger switch. The shuttle and the trigger switch cooperate with discontinuous mechanical coupling. The trigger switch provides a discontinuity in bias against operation of the trigger switch by the user. Consequently, the user experiences tactile feedback before spray is released. Prior to tactile feedback, the system establishes a communication link. When spray is released, the system transmits a notice via the communication link. Such a system when equipped with pepper spray aerosol is advantageous for self-defense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Guardian 8 Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Scott Lord
  • Publication number: 20140252028
    Abstract: A system for spraying, according to various aspects of the present invention, includes a a power switch, an arm switch, a trigger switch, and a communication switch. The system establishes a communication link in response to power being applied through the power switch. Before operation of the arm switch, the system establishes a communication link. After operation of the arm switch, the trigger switch activates release of spray. In further response to the trigger switch, the system transmits a notice via the communication link. Such a system when equipped with pepper spray aerosol is advantageous for self-defense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Guardian 8 Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 8783519
    Abstract: A dispenser includes an end piece defining a product dispensing orifice able to be opened downward opposite a surface located under the end piece. The end piece is able to be maneuvered between a predispensing position, in which the dispensing orifice is closed off and the volume located under the dispensing orifice opposite the receiving surface is entirely free, and a product dispensing position. The dispenser includes a device to protect the dispensing orifice, protruding below the dispensing orifice in the predispensing position and in the dispensing position, in order to hinder contact between a body surface of a user of the dispenser and the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Michel Fontaine, Léandre Lasfargues, Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 8757436
    Abstract: An ophthalmic dispenser and method of filling and dispensing fluid stored therein. The dispenser includes a rigid housing defining a fluid-receiving chamber, a flexible bladder receivable within the fluid-receiving chamber, a pump coupled in fluid communication with the fluid-receiving chamber, and a nozzle having a valve defining an annular, axially-extending valve seat, an outlet aperture coupled in fluid communication between the valve seat and the pump, and a flexible valve cover extending about the valve seat and forming an annular, axially-extending interface therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Norbert M. Assion, Julian V. Chan, Joseph M. Ting
  • Patent number: 8752543
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device for dispensing a fluid having a viscosity of from 10 to 2000 mPas at 25° C., the dispensing device having at least one finger-operable lever pivotably moveable into the housing transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the fluid discharge device, to apply a force to an actuating member connected to the neck of a container, the device having a pre-load to prevent pivoting until a pre-determined force is applied, wherein the actuating member and the lever have surfaces which slidingly interact, wherein the pre-load is formed by one of the surfaces of the actuating member or the lever having a dual-gradient profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Michael Birsha Davies, Mark Graham Hedley, Margot Jean Jones
  • Patent number: 8746238
    Abstract: An inhaler for the oral administration of a pharmaceutical medium, having a housing with a mouthpiece, a container unit accommodated in an inhalation region of the housing and including a medium container and an outlet connector having an outlet orifice, which outlet connector is capable of being moved relative to the medium container for the purpose of triggering a discharging operation, and a discharge sensor for the detection of a discharging operation. The housing has a main portion and a detecting wall portion capable of movement relative to the main portion and which is configured and/or disposed for displacement relative to the main portion during a discharging operation, and the discharge sensor detects the displacement of the detecting wall portion in relation to the main portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar Radolfzell GmbH
    Inventor: Joerg Kohnle
  • Patent number: 8734694
    Abstract: A device (1) for manufacturing a three-dimensional object by a layer wise solidification of a building material at positions in the respective layers that correspond to the object is provided. A feed (96) that supplies the building material to a building space (10) in the device (1) and at least two filler portions (98a, 98b) that are provided at the feed (96) and are independent from one another are provided, wherein one connector (99a, 99b) is provided for each building material supply container (100a, 100b) in order to supply the building material from outside of the device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Hans Perret, Thomas Halder, Jochen Philippi, Peter Keller, Gerd Cantzler, Michael Göth, Siegfried Schimitzek, Andrea Weichselbaumer
  • Patent number: 8727182
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus includes a hopper having a longitudinal axis and a wall having an external surface and an internal surface defining a thickness therebetween. The wall defines an infeed end for receipt of particulate material and an outfeed end for conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The outfeed end defines or has an outfeed aperture therein. A base disposed such that at least a portion of the base is substantially coextensive with the outfeed aperture. The base has at least one base aperture therethrough to facilitate conveyance of the particulate material from the hopper. The base aperture may be concentrically or eccentrically disposed relative to the longitudinal axis of said hopper. At least one of the base and the hopper is capable of rotation relative to another of the base and hopper, such that the base aperture is in at least intermittent in particulate flow communication with the outfeed aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Vinit Satish Murthy, John Philip Hecht, Christopher Gerold Stoltz, Christa Marie Novicki
  • Patent number: 8727181
    Abstract: Trash receptacles are rarely cleaned. These containers can contain germs and disease in them in many situations. This liquid dispensing device will spray a liquid of choice with in the interior of the trash receptacle automatically every time it is emptied and replaced onto the support surface. These liquids may drastically reduce the amount of bacteria, germs, insects, and disease with in the container. This device will provide this sanitation service automatically. This liquid dispensing device may be attached to industrial dumpsters as well as to residential trash containers. This device does not require a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Stephen Larabee
  • Publication number: 20140097208
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid product dispenser including a tank, a dispensing head mounted at one end of the tank, said dispensing head comprising an outlet nozzle, an outer shell containing the tank, and a driving part which is capable of axially moving the tank and which is mounted so as to be rotatable between a storage position and a use position. The outlet nozzle has an outlet oriented in the longitudinal direction, and is suitable for axially engaging with a portion that is rigidly connected to the outer shell during the actuation of the dispensing head in the use position of the dispenser, and the first end of the tank is connected to a pusher via a driving mechanism suitable for selectively retracting the pusher and the outlet nozzle into the outer shell, and for axially extracting same from the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Guerlain Societe Anonyme
    Inventors: Anne-Sophie Sauvage, Marc Delmon
  • Patent number: 8651336
    Abstract: A long-life substance dispensing device for a washing machine, particularly a dishwasher, comprises: —a body (20?, 30?) designed to be sealingly fixed to a structure of the washing machine, —a support means (40) adapted to contain a total amount of a substance sufficient for performing a plurality of washing cycles, —an actuation system (47?, 50?, 61?) which is electrically controllable for causing delivery of at least one dose of the substance contained in the support means (40). The actuation system (47?, 50?, 61?) comprises at least one drive element and one driven element (47?) capable of cooperating to obtain the delivery. The actuation system (47?, 50?, 61?) is arranged for being able to take on an operative condition, wherein the drive element (61?) is operatively coupled with the driven element (47?), and an inoperative condition, wherein the drive element (61?) is decoupled from the driven element (47?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Eltek S.p.A.
    Inventors: Costanzo Gadini, Renato Gaj, Marco Moro, Chris Efstathios Housmekerides
  • Publication number: 20140008385
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to receive a container that includes a tilt-activated valve stem. The housing includes a resilient retaining structure. The resilient retaining structure is adapted to retain a portion of the container. An electric drive unit is disposed within the housing. The drive unit includes a cam for engaging a portion of the container to actuate the valve stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Paul E. Furner, Rene Maurice Beland, James F. Kimball
  • Publication number: 20140001210
    Abstract: The present invention relates a cosmetic case including an airless pump. The present invention is an improved invention over patent no. 963155 filed by this inventor and issued earlier. According to the present invention, the cosmetic case consists of three storage case bodies to more safely and hygienically store the contents of the case for a long period of time. Also, since a pump is operated in a reciprocating manner so as to pump the contents, pumping efficiency for the contents may be improved. Also, various cosmetics may be stored at the same time to enable a user to easily use the case and refill same with cosmetics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jun-Kuk Lim
  • Publication number: 20140001209
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device comprising a body (10), a reservoir (20), a dispenser head (100) incorporating a dispenser orifice (5), and a dispenser member (30) that is mounted on said reservoir (20) by means of a fastener ring (60), said device further comprising a lateral actuator system (40) that is secured to said body (10), said system including an actuator element (41) that is movable between a rest position in which said dispenser member (30) is not actuated, and an actuated position in which said dispenser member (30) is actuated, said lateral actuator system (40) including a presser element (42) that is mounted on the body (10) to pivot about an axis (A), said actuator element (41) being mounted on said presser element (42) to pivot about an axis (B) that is substantially parallel to said axis (A), said actuator element (41) co-operating with said presser element (42) by means of a multi-directional ball joint (400) that both enables said actuator element (41) to pivot about the axis (B), and also enable
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Francois Le Maner
  • Patent number: 8590750
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device for discharging a fluid having a housing, a piston pump, a biasing mechanism, and a trigger mechanism. The housing has a fluid discharge outlet. The pump has a pump chamber casing for fluid storage, a piston sliding in the pump chamber, a piston plunger, and a delivery channel leading to the housing outlet. The biasing mechanism biases the piston pump casing towards the housing outlet. The trigger mechanism has a catch member and a restraining member movable by a manually actuatable trigger from a cocked to a triggered configuration. The cocked restraining member engages the catch member to prevent movement and fluid discharge. A triggered restraining member disengages from the catch member for movement of the casing towards the housing outlet to discharge fluid from housing outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Consort Medical PLC
    Inventors: Richard Warby, Graham Hately, Kevin Chilvers, John Olley, Paul Allsop
  • Patent number: 8585393
    Abstract: An edible product is made from a castable mass such as chocolate in a casting device that includes a container for receiving the castable mass and a metering unit. The metering unit has a nozzle block having nozzles facing away from the container and a valve block facing the container. The volume of a metering chamber between the nozzle block and the valve block can be changed by moving the nozzle block relative to the valve block. The casting method comprises steps of a) filling the mass container with the castable mass; b) drawing the mass into the metering chamber by enlarging the metering chamber volume by a first relative motion between the nozzle block and the valve block, and c) discharging the mass from the metering chamber by reducing the metering chamber volume by a second relative motion between the nozzle block and valve block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Bühler AG
    Inventors: Boris Ouriev, Ralf Bömmels
  • Publication number: 20130270298
    Abstract: A child resistant container with inverting cap bottom lift features has a container main body adapted to receive a sprayer container with a vertical spray nozzle top-positioned spray actuator, and has at least one lift rod slot on its bottom; an inner cap for permanent connection to the open top of the container after a spray container is placed therein; and an outer cap with at least one downwardly projecting lift rod. The inner cap has a spray actuator orifice large enough to permit a vertical nozzle of a spray container to pass therethrough and small enough to prevent a spray container spray actuator from passing therethrough. A user removes the outer cap, inverts it and pushes up through the bottom to raise up the spray container nozzle and to push on the spray actuator to dispense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Stuart W. Dejonge
  • Patent number: 8556127
    Abstract: An additive dispensing system for a refrigerator that includes a reservoir configured to contain an additive and an additive outlet in fluid communication with the reservoir. The additive dispensing system is configured to be connected to a refrigerator and is operable to selectively dispense an amount of additive to water dispensed from the refrigerator. The additive dispensing system may be connected to a water filtration system of the refrigerator such that the additive dispensing system may dispense the amount of additive into filtered water dispensed from the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: PUR Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Judd Dylan Olson, John Paul Boros, David James Emmons
  • Patent number: 8556122
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to receive a container, wherein the container includes a tilt-activated valve stem with a discharge end. The discharge end of the valve stem is adapted to be in fluid communication with a discharge orifice of the housing. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit includes a bi-metallic actuator, a piezo-linear motor, an electro-responsive wire, or a solenoid, which is adapted to impart transverse motion to a body of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Paul E. Furner, Rene Maurice Beland, James F. Kimball
  • Patent number: 8511515
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device including a body, a reservoir, a dispenser head, and a dispenser member. The dispenser member includes a dispenser-member body and a movable member that moves axially in the dispenser-member body during actuation. The device includes a lateral actuator system secured to the body and having an actuator element that co-operates with the reservoir, with the dispenser member, or with an element secured to the reservoir and/or the dispenser member. The actuator element is movable between a rest position and an actuated position. The body includes a guide surface for guiding the actuator element, the guide surface is stationary relative to the dispenser head, and substantially parallel to the movement axis of the movable member in the dispenser-member body during actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Francois Lemaner
  • Patent number: 8505773
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes a dispenser housing having a support block defining a longitudinal axis and an indicator housing disposed at least partially around the support block. An actuator includes a central, cylindrical hub portion adapted to be engaged by the container and centered about the longitudinal axis. The actuator is moveable along the longitudinal axis relative to the indicator housing and includes a resilient arm. A drive gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to successive engagements by the resilient arm. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the drive gear. The indicator includes dosage indicia. A dispensing system and indicating device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8444015
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus is configured to dispense a predetermined volume of fluid, and includes a fluid reservoir to hold a fluid to be dispensed, a dispense tube to dispense the fluid, and an elevator mechanism. The fluid reservoir receives a fluid from a fluid supply. A dispense tube has a dispense outlet, and is connected to an outlet port on the fluid reservoir. The elevator mechanism changes a relative vertical displacement between the dispense outlet and the outlet port. Particularly, a processor controls the elevator mechanism to raise the dispense tube to a raised filling position to prevent fluid flow from the dispense outlet, and lower the dispense tube to a lowered dispensing position to dispense the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Denis E. Keyes, John R. Randall