With Casing Or Support Patents (Class 222/173)
  • Patent number: 10421086
    Abstract: The reusable dry erase spray paint can is a can having a removable base and a replaceable color cartridge. The can resembles an ordinary spray paint can with a nozzle on top. The base comprises a battery-operated compressor that draws air in through an inlet on the bottom of the can and forces pressurized air up into the can through the color cartridge. The color cartridge couples to the top of the base and contains a dry erase color medium. When the nozzle is depressed while the compressor is operating, a mix of dry erase color medium and pressurized air is expelled from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Christine Kuligowski
  • Patent number: 10399243
    Abstract: The glue injecting apparatus is configured for use with an adhesive. The glue injecting apparatus is configured for use in injecting the adhesive to a mortise and tenon joint. The glue injecting apparatus comprises a pedestal, a reservoir, a pump, and a nozzle assembly. The reservoir contains the adhesive. The pedestal supports the reservoir above a supporting surface. The pump: 1) attaches the nozzle assembly to the reservoir; and, 2) generates a pressure differential, which is used for transporting the adhesive through the nozzle assembly to the mortise and tenon joint. The nozzle assembly is a flexible structure capable of supporting a fluid under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Louis Lozier
  • Patent number: 10239681
    Abstract: A drum unloader may include a pump assembly, a motor, a plate, a piston-cylinder assembly, and a sensor. The motor drives the pump assembly. The plate is mounted to the pump assembly and includes an inlet to the pump assembly. The piston-cylinder assembly includes a housing, a piston, and a piston rod. The housing defines a bore. The piston is received within the bore and cooperates with the housing to define a first cavity and a second cavity. The piston rod is attached to and extends from the piston such that the piston rod extends through the first cavity. The piston rod is coupled to the pump assembly, the motor and the plate such that movement of the piston within the bore causes corresponding movement of the pump assembly, the motor and the plate relative to the housing. The sensor measures a pressure within the second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Knoll America
    Inventor: David L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10005655
    Abstract: A modular dispensing unit comprising a frame having a front side, back side, two sidewalls, a top wall, an intermediate wall and a bottom wall; a first enclave and a second enclave within the frame; a first beverage dispenser located in the first enclave; a second beverage dispenser located in the second enclave; an ice dispenser positioned between the first and second enclaves; and an ice dispenser housing surrounding substantially the entire ice dispenser. The ice dispenser housing may have two sidewalls and a front wall, the front wall having an opening allowing access to an ice outlet of the ice dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Broen, Stephen Lim, Christian Stolarz
  • Patent number: 9738435
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes a housing adapted to receive a refill unit having a product reservoir. A multidirectional pushbar is carried by the housing and movable in a plurality of directions to actuate the pump. The multidirectional pushbar may be carried by a collar pivotally secured around a pushbar support member in the shape of a spherical zone. Pivoting movement of the multidirectional pushbar is converted into an actuating force by a transfer mechanism, which may include a vertically movable carriage. In other embodiments, the multidirectional pushbar may include ramped surfaces and may support a carriage having rolling elements. Lateral movement of the multidirectional pushbar causes the carriage to roll up the ramped surfaces and actuate a pump to dispense a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Matthew J. Archer, Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 9643831
    Abstract: The ceramic water cooler includes a conventional refrigeration unit and an internal reservoir for storing water. The internal reservoir can be formed from a ceramic material. Air passes through the porous walls of the internal reservoir to make the water stored therein alkaline. The refrigeration unit cools the water. The cooler includes a float valve for ensuring the reservoir remains full. A tap is provided for dispensing the cool alkaline water held in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Esa M. S. E. Al-Assfoor
  • Patent number: 9604234
    Abstract: A portable airless sprayer comprises a housing, a motor, a pump, a spray tip and a trigger. The motor is mounted to the housing. The pump is mounted to the housing and is driven by the motor. The spray tip assembly receives pressurized fluid from the pump. The trigger is configured to actuate the spray tip assembly and activate the motor. A method of operating a portable airless sprayer comprises moving a lever over a stroke, displacing a valve pin, and activating a motor. The valve pin is displaced with the lever to actuate a spray valve. The motor is activated with the lever to drive a pump that provides fluid to the spray valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Thompson, Jerry D. Horning, William M. Blenkush, Eric J. Finstad, Bradley H. Hines, Marius J. Luczak, Diane Olson, Philip K. Snider, Harold D. Johnson, Jimmy Wing Sum Tam
  • Patent number: 9533871
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser system is provided including a partition part to separate a fuel dispensing unit from at least one electrically powered component. The partition part can be configured and arranged to seal the at least one electrically powered component from exposure to gas vapors emitted from the fuel dispensing unit. The fuel dispenser unit can include a fuel dispensing nozzle and a hydraulic component. The system can include additional fuel dispensing units. The fuel dispensing nozzle can be configured to dispense CNG, and the additional fuel dispensing nozzle can be configured to dispense CNG or another type of fuel. The at least one electrically powered component may include a transaction terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems Sweden AB
    Inventors: Bengt I. Larsson, Eva-Lie Edvardsson
  • Patent number: 9498093
    Abstract: A soap holding bathing assistance device for holds and dispenses soap from a container usable to scrub a person when bathing includes a container having a closed end and a peripheral wall extending from the closed end defining an interior space of the container. The container has an open end opposite the closed end wherein the container is configured for receiving soap into the interior space of the container. The container is constructed of an absorptive material wherein the container is configured for applying soap to a bather. An exterior surface of the container is abrasive wherein the container is configured for removing dead skin as the container is used to apply soap to the bather. A closure inhibits the soap from passing through the open end of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Joshua Todd
  • Patent number: 9427117
    Abstract: A dispensing system is disclosed. The system includes a pump having a pump mechanism, an outlet, and an internal conduit for pumping a material through the conduit and out of the outlet. The pump also has a body portion. The system further includes a mounting mechanism having a base member sized to extend into and through an opening in a surface, the base member being configured to securely engage the surface. The body portion of the pump includes a first structure composed of a material susceptible to magnetic forces, and the mounting mechanism includes a second structure composed of a material susceptible to magnetic forces, the first and second structures adapted to act on each other through a magnetic force, such that the body portion of the pump is removably securable to the mounting mechanism through a magnetic connection. Methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Keith A. Barclay
  • Patent number: 9376309
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the inventive concept, there is provided a nozzle boot arrangement for supporting a nozzle of a fuel dispensing unit, the nozzle comprising a spout and a base portion including a grip, the arrangement comprising: a nozzle boot including means for supporting the nozzle at the base portion thereof, and a second for receiving at least a portion of the spout, and a stopper provided at said receiving section and formed separately from said nozzle boot, wherein the stopper is arranged to cooperate with the spout to prevent the nozzle from falling about from the nozzle boot arrangement by rotation of the nozzle about said supporting means. According to further aspects, there is provided a fuel dispensing unit, a nozzle boot module and method of manufacturing a nozzle boot arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems Sweden AB
    Inventors: Bengt I. Larsson, Hanna Helgesson
  • Patent number: 9370790
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shock-absorbing lower structure of an airless type dispenser, wherein a support member made of elastic material is arranged in a lower part of a piston to provide a cushioning function so as to support the lower end of the piston in the housing of the dispenser. Thus, when the piston descends and presses a housing support by the shock applied from an external source, the housing support is prevented from being separated from the housing of the dispenser. Furthermore, when content expand in volume at a low temperature, not only is a housing support or a pumping member prevented from being separated, but also the pumping member is prevented from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak-Chan Kim, Sung-Woo Cheon, Shin-Bok Jung
  • Patent number: 9357887
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) dispenser that includes low cost electronic components that can read and write to the tag of a refill cartridge. In one embodiment, the reader utilizes a multi band pass filter to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal that is processed by a controller to perform a dispensing function representative to the code of the tag. In another embodiment, the controller utilizes an internal comparator to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal that is processed by a controller to perform a dispensing function representative to the code of the tag. The dispenser in both embodiments also includes a pair of transistors that write to the RFID tag of the refill cartridge. A dispenser according to the invention also includes the capability to read and/or write to tags upon cartridges employed by the dispenser, and augmenting the operation of the dispenser as a function thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Aaron R. Reynolds, Chip W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 9049749
    Abstract: This invention is about crimping-fixed, remotely regulated electric heater, which includes a heater tube body to hold the heating elements of PTC and heat sinks that are attached to the heater tube. The heater tube is a long strip-shaped metal tube and has flanges attached to the upper surface and lower sides of this metal tube that forms grooves at the corner between these flanges and the upper/lower surface of the metal tube body. Inside the metal tube is a cavity to hold the PTC heating element with insulation layers are applied in the cavity. Heat sink is first placed on the left and right side of the heater tube, the flanges are folded to clamp the heat sink firmly to the heater tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Ji Huang
  • Publication number: 20150144651
    Abstract: Refrigerator appliances for use with single serve dispensers, and methods for operating refrigerator appliances, are provided. A refrigerator appliance includes a dispensing assembly. The dispensing assembly includes an outlet conduit configured for flowing a liquid therefrom, the outlet conduit disposed in the dispenser recess, a housing for supporting the single serve dispenser, the housing disposed in the dispenser recess, and a flow control device upstream of and in fluid communication with the outlet conduit, the flow control device outputting liquid at a generally constant pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Justin Daniel Berger, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Christopher Francis Bird, Robert Lee Lewis, JR.
  • Patent number: 9027794
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a liquid control mobility receptacle for storage, filtration, distribution, and transportation of liquids. The liquid control mobility receptacle has a main body that encloses a front security enclosure, a pump enclosure, and a main enclosure for storage of liquids. The main enclosure is disposed between the pump enclosure and the front security enclosure. An internal power source is enclosed within the front security enclosure and is electrically coupled to a pump, which is enclosed in pump enclosure. A fill line is provided to pump liquid from a liquid source into the main enclosure. A recirculation line is provided to recirculate fluid in within the main enclosure. A supply line is provided for pumping fluid out of the main enclosure. In some examples, the liquid control mobility receptacle has an internal power source that is a diesel engine, and the security enclosure further houses a fuel enclosure that is fluidly coupled to the diesel engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Mahar
  • Publication number: 20150122841
    Abstract: Various containers are provided that include a resiliently deformable product volume and a dispenser configured to dispense fluent product from the product volume. When no dispensing force is applied to the product volume, the product volume has an undeformed state and a first interior volume. When a dispensing force is applied to the product volume, the product volume is resiliently deformable to a deformed state in which the product volume is reduced to a second interior volume less than the first interior volume, and the dispenser can dispense at least some of the fluent product from the product volume. When the dispensing force is released, the product volume fully restores itself to the undeformed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Ken McGuire, Scott Stanley, Lee Arent, Jun You
  • Publication number: 20150122842
    Abstract: Various containers are provided that have a product volume and one or more standoff structures coupled to the product volume. The standoff structures are configured to protect the product volume. The standoff structures may, for example, prevent damage (e.g., denting, rupture, scuffing, etc.) to the product volume, such as to indicia or information disposed on the product volume, that occurs when, for example, the container is dropped, falls, is placed into contact with another object, or is placed into a confined structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Berg, JR., Scott Stanley, Ken McGuire
  • Publication number: 20150108168
    Abstract: A dispenser (2) for a pumpable fluid (3), such as dishwashing detergent, soap or cooking oil, arranged at a sink unit, a work top, a cupboard, a wall, a sink, a bathtub or another similar surface (4), and that includes a movable discharge mechanism (5) for the fluid (3). The discharge mechanism (5) is receivable in an inserted concealed storage position (I) inside the surface (4) and in a projected, from the outside (6) of the dispenser (2), freely accessible discharge position (II), respectively, the discharge mechanism (5) including a pump (7) that is arranged to take a locked pump position and an unlocked pump position, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Santosh Truedsson
  • Publication number: 20150108160
    Abstract: A novel canister storage system, mixing system, canister assembly, dispensing system, and tracking system. In one or more embodiments, the systems are used for storing, mixing and dispensing fluids. In one application, the fluid includes one or more paint toners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Santrach, Bruce Funk, Barry Hines, Christopher Herman
  • Publication number: 20150097005
    Abstract: A device for housing and dispensing hand sanitizers and other dispensable products in proximity to computers and other user technology. One embodiment of the device is a dispenser for hand sanitizer or other dispensable products that can be attached to a standard computer keyboard. In one embodiment, the device is a housing structure of similar size, appearance and feel as the standard “Enter” key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas Stone Mireles
  • Patent number: 8998037
    Abstract: A drink preparing device that includes a box and a holding and drip-collecting system that comprises a holding part positionable beneath a drink outlet in order to accept a first, relatively small receptacle, and being configured and dimensioned to be moveable between a deployed holding position suitable for accepting the small receptacle and a second position in which the part is moved at least partly out of the way of the drink outlet to create an unoccupied space in which a second, larger receptacle can be positioned, in place of the first receptacle, beneath the drink outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Cahen, Philippe Cahen, Christophe S. Boussemart
  • Patent number: 8991657
    Abstract: Dispensers are provided including pumps for dispensing a foamed product out of an outlet provided in a dispensing tube. The foam is created from the mixing of a foamable liquid and air, with separate pumps being provided for each component. The dispensing tube is stationary, although the pumps themselves have parts that must move to dispense the foamed product. A single actuator operates both the liquid and air pumps. Additionally, in some embodiments, the air pump advances air before the liquid pump advances liquid. These pumps are particularly suited to the dispensing of a foamed skin care or skin sanitizing product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, David D. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8985381
    Abstract: A tank for storing fluid, especially hydrocarbons including low temperature liquefied natural gas. The tank comprises tank walls defining an interior tank space, wherein at least one beam is provided in the interior tank space having at least one beam end connected to the tank wall. The at least one recess is provided in the tank wall for receiving the beam end for anchoring to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Aker Engineering & Technology AS
    Inventors: Arne Sele, Kåre Dybwad, Michal Stanislaw Przybylski
  • Publication number: 20150060494
    Abstract: A mouthwash dispensing system includes a bottle having a neck defining a top opening and a reservoir having side surfaces and a bottom surface that curves downward towards a center point, a pump mechanism having a pump and a tube extending from the pump and into the reservoir, the tube defining an axis that is coincident with the center point, a base having a top portion for connecting to the bottom surface of the bottle, a front portion defining a cup opening, and left and right protrusions located within the cup opening, and a cup having a top rim portion, a fluid portion and a handle having a flat surface portion extending from the top rim portion and a front holding portion, the cup configured to fit into the cup opening such that the top rim portion is positioned inside the left and right protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Doug Corbett, David Louis Keener, III, Huy Kha Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150041348
    Abstract: A medical instrument holding apparatus (stand) that holds a medical instrument having a functional unit, includes: an instrument housing unit capable of housing at least a part of the instrument; and a coordination unit which coordinates with the functional unit when at least apart of the instrument is housed in the instrument housing unit. Thus, as the medical instrument is housed in this medical instrument holding apparatus, coordination between the two is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hirokazu SEKINO, Atsuya HIRABAYASHI, Daisuke KAWAKAMI
  • Patent number: 8950628
    Abstract: A through surface hybrid apparatus for dispensing a fluid either in an automatic mode or a manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Muderlak, Kenneth J. Muderlak
  • Publication number: 20150034672
    Abstract: A system for displaying and dispensing has a plurality of dispensers each having a hollow body formed with at least one wall of flexible material, and a dispensing opening through a wall of the body, the body providing a default internal volume, such that deforming the hollow body reduces the internal volume, increasing pressure within the internal volume, and a support structure to which the plurality of dispensers is joined, the support structure presenting the plurality of dispensers in a specific three-dimensional pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua Wettergreen
  • Patent number: 8940163
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispersing additive into a fluid stream is disclosed. Also disclosed are systems comprising a fluid handling apparatus and an additive pod configured to disperse additive into a fluid stream. In some embodiments, the additive pods are easy to install into an outlet portion of a fluid handling apparatus, and do not require special training or the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Laurence W. Bassett
  • Patent number: 8936178
    Abstract: An adhesive melter includes a melter support frame with a spring-loaded support and a manifold for receiving molten adhesive. The melter also includes a pump pack assembly having a rigid frame carrying a pump for directing flow of molten adhesive through the manifold, a motor, and a drive coupling operatively connecting the pump and motor. The pump pack assembly is collectively mounted as a unit on the melter support frame by positioning the rigid frame on the spring-loaded support, moving the pump into abutment with the manifold, and fastening the pump into fluid-tight engagement with the manifold, the support adjusting in position during fastening to assist with carrying the pump pack assembly as a cantilever load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Charles P. Ganzer
  • Publication number: 20150013581
    Abstract: A planting unit for a seeding machine is disclosed having a frame member and a seed meter mounted thereto. The seed meter has a housing and a metering member rotatably mounted therein. The metering member has a sidewall with an inner surface and an outer surface and a rim portion adjacent an outer edge of the sidewall. The inner surface of the side wall and the housing form a trough at a bottom portion of the metering member to hold a seed pool. A mechanical seed delivery system takes seed from the metering member and moves seed to a discharge location adjacent a seed furrow formed in soil beneath the seeding machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150014359
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present teachings provide, among other things, stabilizing apparatus, methods, and systems for pump-type dispensers, such as standing, hand-operable, pump-type dispensers. For example, according to various embodiments, a stabilizer for pump-type dispensers can comprise a base that includes one or more sidewalls defining an internal orifice including an open top. A pump-type dispenser can be received in an upright fashion within the orifice of the base, such that a pump at the top of the dispenser extends upward, above the open top, so it is directly accessible for operation by a user. In various embodiments, a majority of the dispenser, but not the entire dispenser, can be received within the orifice of the base. In a variety of embodiments, the base is more resistant to tipping than the dispenser it is configured to hold, alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Karen SVIDLER
  • Publication number: 20140346193
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device having a trigger actuated sprayer assembly for dispensing a liquid with features such as a bottle with a concavity, a clip around the bottle neck, a sprayer assembly with a bottle filling conduit and a translucent neck window on the sprayer assembly for viewing the bottle filling conduit. The fluid delivery system includes a bottle with a concavity in the side wall attached to a body. A pump in the body receives fluid from the bottle via a fluid inlet conduit and discharges the fluid from a fluid discharge conduit. Also provided is a kit including (i) a fluid delivery device with a bottle, and (ii) one or more fluid refill containers, wherein the bottle and the container(s) include matching indicia of the fluid such that the bottle is only filled from a container with the fluid indicated by the matching indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon M. Conway, Linda J. Babinski, Kate Schreiber, Robert T. Wosewick, Aaron B. Eiger, Evan P. Thompson, Trevor Wesolowski
  • Patent number: 8893928
    Abstract: A counter-mounted dispensing system includes a refill housing mounted above a counter. A refill unit is selectively received in the refill housing in order to deliver a fluid within the refill unit to an end user. The refill unit includes a container holding fluid to be dispensed, and a pump communicating with the fluid in the container. A spout is also mounted above the counter and may be provided as part of the refill housing. An actuation unit having pump actuator mechanisms is mounted at a position below the counter. A passage extends through the counter, and the pump and the pump actuator mechanisms operatively communicate through the passage when the refill unit is installed in the refill housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. Proper
  • Publication number: 20140339262
    Abstract: A holding stand for a multicoupling for filling and/or emptying a chemical plant container is provided, having a mounting device for the essentially stationary fastening of the holding stand and at least one compensating device, couplable indirectly or directly to the multicoupling, for varying a position of the multicoupling in relation to the mounting device in the vertical direction and/or in the horizontal direction and/or for varying an angular position of the multicoupling in relation to the mounting device about a vertical and/or horizontal axis of rotation. It thereby becomes possible for a multicoupling to be coupled simply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Florian Lipski, Gerhard Monscheuer, Lars Frye, Oliver Reinold, Yasar Guendogan, Reinhard Engelstaedter
  • Publication number: 20140332561
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser comprising: at least one beverage ingredient processing assembly (1a, 1b, 1c) presenting one outlet (2a, 2b, 2c) for evacuating a beverage, at least one conduit (8a, 8b, 8c) removably connected to the outlet (2a, 2b, 2c) of the at least one beverage ingredient processing assembly for dispensing the beverage in a container (9), wherein: the dispenser comprises a drawer assembly (3) comprising a drawer (4) composed of an upper part (4a) and a lower part (4b), said both parts being at least partly removable one from the other, at least one of said parts presenting at least one groove (50a, 50b, 50c, 51a51a, 51 b, 51c) on its internal surface so that when the two parts are connected together the at least one groove forms at least a part of the least one conduit (8a, 8b, 8c) for dispensing the beverage from the beverage ingredient processing assembly outlet (2a, 2b, 2c) to the container (9), and the upper part (4a) and the lower part (4b) of the drawer assembly are made
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Cedric Rey, Roberto Angelo Calderone, Lucio Scorrano
  • Patent number: 8870031
    Abstract: A dispenser for a liquid or pasty media contains a replaceable container at a bottom of which a pump is mounted, and a holder for the container. The dispenser further contains a holding element having a part formed from a transparent plastic material which at least partially encloses the upper region of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Publication number: 20140305769
    Abstract: An intermodal container for transporting frac proppant, such as frac sand, and/or other types of granular material is disclosed. The intermodal container is designed to receive frac sand from a quarry or other frac sand supply source. Once the container is filled with material, the container is loaded onto a transportation device and transported to a well site. Once received at the well site, the containers can be stacked and the frac sand stored until needed. Once the frac sand is needed, the containers are placed on a base unit and the container discharges its contents onto a conveying system formed as part of the base unit. The conveying system directs the frac sand to a blending location. The empty intermodal containers can be removed from the base unit and loaded onto a transportation device to be refilled at a mine site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Eiden, III, Brian Andrew Hunter, Mathew Carley, Timothy Stefan, Mark D'Agostino, Scott D'Agostino
  • Patent number: 8839939
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an ice vending machine with a water vending teller that is mounted on an exterior side of the ice vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Ray Brown
  • Publication number: 20140263458
    Abstract: A medication dispensing station is provided. The medication dispensing station includes a support base and a cradle pivotally attached to the support base in an elevated position relative to the support base. A medication dispenser may be releasably attachable to the cradle. Therefore, a patient may easily attach the medication dispenser to the cradle, and pivot the cradle to dispense the medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Erik Solvell
  • Publication number: 20140263421
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of dispensing systems and refill units for dispensing systems are provided. One exemplary refill unit for a counter mount dispenser includes a collapsed bag and a tube extending down into the collapsed bag. A fitment is secured to the collapsed bag. The fitment has a filling orifice. A pump for pumping fluid out of the bag is also provided. The collapsed bag fits through an opening in a countertop so that the collapsed bag may be inserted from above the countertop through the opening and at least a part of the collapsed bag extends below the countertop. The collapsed bag is configured to be filled with a liquid after being inserted through the opening in the countertop and the volume of the collapsed bag expands when the collapsed bag is filled with liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Urban, Paul R. Metcalfe, Eric M. Chalko, Nick E. Ciavarella, Gregory L. Sliwinski, Rick J. Henry
  • Publication number: 20140239014
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing fluid to large numbers of people are disclosed. One embodiment of a portable apparatus for treating and dispensing fluid includes a housing that is fluidly attached to a fluid source. Several fluid delivery components are disposed within the housing to dispense fluid to a user. The fluid delivery components may include a pressure regulator, a backflow preventer, filters, cooling misters and dispensing valves such that the such that the fluid source integrity is protected, the fluid purity is improved, and the air within the housing is cooled which in turn provides cooling to the fluid delivery components and the fluid itself. This embodiment also includes a mechanism for providing ballast in the lower portion of the housing in order to stabilize the device and keep it from moving when bumped into by people (accidentally or intentionally) or in windy conditions, and a mechanism to empty the ballast for removal of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Back Road Ventures, Inc., dba Zip 2 Water
    Inventors: Bruce Douglas Gallaher, Pamela McCarty Gallaher, George Arthur Gallaher, Gail Hannah Gallaher, Grant William Gallaher
  • Publication number: 20140239011
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container for flowable material configured to be installed in a counter below an access hole. The container includes a first deformable portion and a second deformable portion. The first deformable portion defines a first cavity and has a sealable first cavity inlet. The second deformable portion defines a second cavity and is in flow communication with the first cavity. The first deformable portion is configured to deform to fit into the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein and the second deformable portion configured to deform to fit through the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein. The disclosure also includes a method of installing a container of flowable material in a counter below an access hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: PIBED LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert BUTLER, Laura Anne HAY, Efthimia IOANNOU, Adela WALCZAK, Stewart BANKS, Christopher James LANG, Dean Philip LIMBERT
  • Patent number: 8814001
    Abstract: A nozzle module for a fuel dispensing unit is described. The nozzle module has a top section attachable to a column module of the fuel dispensing unit, a bottom section attachable to a base module of the fuel dispensing unit, at least one nozzle boot for holding a nozzle, which nozzle boot is arranged between the top section and the bottom section. The nozzle module has an internal channel enabling fluid communication through the nozzle module. A fuel dispensing unit is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Annika Birkler, Paul De La Port, Bengt I Larsson, Neil Thomas, Kevin Christopher Burnett, Hanna Helgesson, Scott R Negley
  • Publication number: 20140231451
    Abstract: Temporary support structures for holding fluid dispensing systems and removable refill units are disclosed herein. The temporary support structures are formed out of flat stock that is cut into desired shapes and has predetermined fold lines. The flat stock may be folded along the predetermined fold lines and assembled into a temporary support structure that includes a base and a tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hammond, Andrew J. White, Bradley T. Schellhase, Doug Zlatic, Matthew Archer, Carl W. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8800815
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container for flowable material configured to be installed in a counter below an access hole. The container includes a first deformable portion and a second deformable portion. The first deformable portion defines a first cavity and has a sealable first cavity inlet. The second deformable portion defines a second cavity and is in flow communication with the first cavity. The first deformable portion is configured to deform to fit into the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein and the second deformable portion configured to deform to fit through the access hole when substantially no flowable material is therein. The disclosure also includes a method of installing a container of flowable material in a counter below an access hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pibed Limited
    Inventors: Robert Butler, Laura Anne Hay, Efthimia Ioannou, Adela Walczak, Stewart Banks, Christopher James Lang, Dean Philip Limbert
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140166057
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a hydraulically actuated dispenser for dispensing an additive into a treating chamber of the dishwasher. The dispenser includes a storage chamber, a lid, and a hydraulic cylinder that is fluidly connected to a water source external to the dishwasher. The hydraulic cylinder opens the dispenser lid at a predetermined point in a washing operation such that the additive is released into the treating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140172523
    Abstract: A vertical elongated kiosk with a floor-engaging portion is equipped with a handle and optional wheels adjacent a rear surface to facilitate is mobility. A deck region has a dispenser which may include a spout from which hand/surface sanitizer is dispensed in response to a motion sensor. Electrical power is provided alternatively by a storage battery which may be recharged by a solar panel or an ac outlet plug. A wireless receiver/transmitter communicates with a remote base computer to control and monitor the operation of the kiosk. Informational displays, both video and placard, can be accommodated and a business card dispenser provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: David J. Stob, Keith Haluska
  • Publication number: 20140144191
    Abstract: A detergent supply apparatus, and a washing machine including the same The washing machine includes the detergent supply apparatus which includes a detergent container accommodating housing installed in the cabinet and having an opening in the front portion of the cabinet, a detergent container configured to store the detergent and to be removably inserted into the detergent container accommodating housing through the opening of the detergent container accommodating housing, a pump unit installed outside the detergent container, and configured to pump the detergent stored in the detergent container to the detergent container accommodating housing, and a connector unit configured to supply power to the pump unit, and including a first body attached on an outer portion of the pump unit and a second body attached on the detergent container accommodating housing, the first body is electrically connected to the second body by being removably attached to the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Il Back, Hyun Woo Song