For Bottom Discharge Dispenser Supported On Horizontal Surface Patents (Class 222/185.1)
  • Patent number: 10167133
    Abstract: A shaker has an outer container and an inner container moveable inside the outer container. The outer container side wall has an opening through which a first portion of the inner container side wall can be grasped. A space between the outer container side wall and the inner container side wall accommodates an energy accumulator. The inner container, at rest, is pressed with the first portion of the inner container side wall against the opening in the outer container side wall by the energy accumulator and covers the opening. The inner container is movable, counter to the energy accumulator force, transversely relative to a longitudinal axis of the outer container into a displacement position. The inner container has a discharge opening which, when the inner container moves away from the rest position, is moved across a sieve provided in the dispensing opening of the outer container floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KEEEPER GmbH
    Inventors: Alex Dumler, Florian M. Witt, Johanna Königsberger, Matthias Hecker, Thorsten Plate, Andrew Ferrier
  • Patent number: 10112821
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly having a container containing a liquid to be dispensed and a dispensing tube bringing in fluid communication with ambient the volume inside the container containing the liquid. The dispensing tube has a flexible, resilient portion ending in an outlet of diameter, D, and is engaged in a pinch valve system. The pinch valve system has a squeezing member suitable for squeezing and obturating a section of the flexible portion located at a distance, h, from the outlet. The ratio, h/D, of the distance, h, to the outlet diameter, D, is not more than 2, preferably, not more than 1.5, more preferably, not more than 1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A.
    Inventors: Stijn Vandekerckhove, Daniel Peirsman
  • Patent number: 10058484
    Abstract: A measured fluid dispenser includes a moveable member coupled with a liquid containing bottle. The moveable member is preferably spherical defining an internal volume therein. The moveable member defines two openings wherein only one opening intersects the longitudinal axis at one time. This allows the internal volume of the moveable member to be filled with liquid from the bottle, then rotated, then the measured fluid or liquid is dispensed from the moveable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Battle
  • Patent number: 10047875
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an intermediate bulk container (IBC) and a valve opening/closing device therefor. The container comprises a base, side plates, and a valve installed at the bottom of the container. The valve opening/closing device comprises a handle, a motion-transferring device and a valve opening/closing mechanism. The handle is installed at the side plate and is connected with the motion-transferring device. The motion-transferring device is at least partially located in the cavity between two sidewalls of the side plate of the container or at least partially located in the groove provided on the side plate, and is used to transfer the actions acting on the handle to the valve opening/closing mechanism to open/close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNABLE TRANSIT PACKAGINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zuocheng Qian, Kai Gong, Zhengwei Fang
  • Patent number: 9909915
    Abstract: The present invention is related to dispensers for dispensing portioned amounts of substances into a container. For example, dispensers for dispensing powered drink mixes, such as baby formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Joy Farrah Haidar-Daoud, Abdullah Daoud
  • Patent number: 9797613
    Abstract: Humidifying apparatus includes a base housing an impeller and a motor for driving the impeller to generate a first air flow. A nozzle includes an interior passage for receiving the first air flow and an air outlet for emitting the first air flow. The nozzle defines an opening through which air from outside the apparatus is drawn by air emitted from the air outlet. The apparatus is configured to humidify a second air flow, which is emitted from a plurality of second air outlets. The second air flow is humidified with water supplied from a water tank mounted on the base. The water tank has an upwardly curved upper surface. The nozzle is mounted on the apparatus so that the upper surface of the water tank at least partially covers a lower section of an external surface of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Staniforth, Daniel James Beavis, Jude Paul Pullen, James Dyson, Nicholas Gerald Fitton
  • Patent number: 9784061
    Abstract: The bore hole tracer injection apparatus is a mechanical device for inserting a tracer agent into a bore hole at a predetermined depth. Outer and inner cylinders have side ports, with the side ports of the cylinders misaligned to prevent fluid escape from the inner cylinder until desired. The bottom of the inner cylinder includes a filler passage. A line passes through the top of the outer cylinder and attaches to a rod across the top of the inner cylinder, above the closed top thereof. The inner cylinder is filled with a tracer agent, and the apparatus is lowered into the bore hole to the desired depth. A weight is then dropped down the line, and jars the outer cylinder down around the inner cylinder when it contacts the top of the outer cylinder. This aligns the side ports of the cylinders to allow escape of the tracer agent therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KUWAIT INSTITUTE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
    Inventor: Khaled Gh. M. Al-Fahad
  • Patent number: 9752912
    Abstract: The dispenser disclosed herein serves a single serving of a powdered nutrient contained within a container having multi-servings of the powdered nutrient. The dispenser has a metering device that operates as a ball valve or guillotine to dispense a single serving of the powdered nutrient into a water container. The dispenser also has a support surface that can be lowered and raised back up in order to fit a water container under the metering device and a distal tip of the metering device into a mouth of the water container so that no powdered nutrient spills out of the water container during transfer of the powdered nutrient from the metering device to the water container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9624085
    Abstract: An unimpeded pourer device for allowing unimpeded movement of the valve member in the bore of the tubular member. The unimpeded pourer device includes a pourer assembly adapted to be in fluid communication with a bottle and including a tubular member having a bore disposed therein, and also including a spout in fluid communication with the tubular member and having passageway extending therethrough in communication with the bore; and a valve assembly in communication with the pourer assembly for dispensing measured amounts of liquid through and from the pourer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Arganius E Peckels
  • Patent number: 9591943
    Abstract: An automated dispenser for dispensing spices, condiments, herbs, teas, ground coffees, or powdered beverages, comprising a plurality of cartridges mounted on a carrier respectively containing said items, having a dispensing means with relative movement capable between said dispensing means and said cartridges. A look-up table, containing a plurality of separate, discrete dispensing programs is provided for operation of the dispensing means to dispense a particular variety of mixtures and quantities from said cartridges. When a spice blend and associated dispensing program is selected by a user, the dispensing program aligns the dispensing means relative to the cartridge carrier and cartridge, to dispense a particular quantity and, in the case of a mix, to subsequently align with other selected cartridges to provide, from said cartridges, the mix of spices, herbs, condiments, powdered beverages or ground coffees. A specialized cartridge adapted for use in said automated dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: TASTETRO INC.
    Inventors: James Bruce Murray, Carlos Eduardo Salazar, Francis James Giunta, Kenneth Scott Hanna
  • Patent number: 9580292
    Abstract: A tap dispenser having a main body, said main body having a main body interior portion and an opposing main body exterior portion; a liquid flow pathway passing through the main body; a vent pathway passing through the main body, wherein air transport through the vent pathway is separated from liquid transport through said liquid flow pathway and wherein the vent pathway has a vent pathway inlet and an opposing vent pathway outlet; a vent valve operably engaged with the vent pathway outlet; and a liquid flow valve operably engaged with the liquid flow pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Lawrence Smith, William Kater Lasala
  • Patent number: 9565977
    Abstract: Exemplary dispensers and refill units having collapsible outlet tubes are disclosed herein. An exemplary refill unit includes a container, a pump having an outlet that is movable in a reciprocating motion and a flexible tube. A first end of the flexible tube is in fluid communication with the outlet of the pump and a second end connectable to a dispenser. When the second end is connected to a dispenser, the second end is stationary and movement of the pump outlet away from the second end causes the pump to dispense fluid and movement of the pump outlet toward the second end causes the flexible tube to collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Harris
  • Patent number: 9511929
    Abstract: A proppant storage vessel has a container having a first end wall, a second end wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a top wall and a bottom wall. The first and second end walls extend between opposite ends of the first and second side walls. The walls define an interior volume of the container. The walls have a rigidity suitable for retaining no less than 30,000 pounds of proppant therein. A top hatch is formed centrally on the top wall and is movable between an open position and a closed position. A bottom hatch is formed generally centrally on the bottom wall of the container and is movable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: OREN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Oren
  • Patent number: 9481511
    Abstract: A silo de-bridging device (100), comprising: a rotary shaft (11) and at least one de-bridging unit (10) connected to the rotary shaft (11); each de-bridging unit (10) includes a fixed sleeve (101), a movable sleeve (102) and at least one de-bridging arm (103) connected to the movable sleeve (102), and a cam structure is formed between two end surfaces of the movable sleeve (102) and the fixed sleeve (101) adjoining each other. The silo de-bridging device can de-bridge the materiel in the silo effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Hongyan Yu
  • Patent number: 9452105
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dosing dispenser having a dosing piston, for dosing formulations of a drug or nutritional supplement in the form of a free-flowing bulk material having a particle diameter in the range of 100-1000 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Müller, Sölen Siemers, Wolfgang Wiehl, Sabine Göttke
  • Patent number: 9414568
    Abstract: An improved manual portion control feeder includes a food delivery mechanism that is in communication with a food reservoir and which, when actuated, dispenses a predetermined amount of food from the reservoir into another vessel. Advantageously, the feeding apparatus further includes a feedback mechanism which, responsive to an actuation of the food delivery mechanism, provides at least one of an acoustic indication and a tactile indication that is representative of the dispensing of a predetermined quantity of food by the food delivery mechanism. The acoustic and/or tactile indication enables the feeding apparatus to remain disposed on, for example, a floor and alerts the user that a predetermined amount of food has been dispensed from the reservoir since the acoustic and/or tactile indications are detectable with relative ease. This enables an animal to be provided a predetermined amount of food with minimal attention being required of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: David Veness, Vasitha Obeyesekere, Melaney Northrop
  • Patent number: 9315294
    Abstract: A transportable container apparatus includes an elongate container with a base. The container and base are substantially symmetrical about the central axis, typically cylindrical, and oriented substantially vertically when in a working position. The container has an upper container section and a lower container section, where the upper container section has an upper cross-sectional area that is greater than a lower cross-sectional area of the lower container section. Typically the upper section has a diameter 1.5-2.0 times the diameter of the lower section. The upper section includes a sloping hopper at a bottom thereof, configured to direct granular material into the lower container section. An outlet port is defined in a ported wall of the lower container section, and a floor of the container is sloped toward the outlet port such that granular material stored in the container slides down the floor to the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: QUICKTHREE SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Alvin Herman, Erin Herman
  • Patent number: 9181075
    Abstract: A water container includes a bottle body containing water and a bottle mouth, a cup body detachably assembled to the bottle body, and a valve assembly secured to the bottle mouth. The valve assembly includes a ball and an elastic member. The ball and the elastic member are received in the receiving cavity. The elastic member is pressed between the ball the upper case and biases the ball towards sealing the opening. When the cup body is pushed toward the bottle body, the cup body drives the ball to unseal, to allow flow of water into the cup with no risk of spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei-Chih Hsu
  • Patent number: 9038861
    Abstract: An improved seed metering wheel assembly is provided to deliver a substantially constant flow of seed to a downstream treating device or the like, without any substantial surging of seeds. The seed metering wheel assembly includes an axially rotatable metering wheel having a plurality of strategically sized and arranged seed metering openings therethrough, arranged in circular arrays of differently sized metering openings. In another embodiment, the seed metering wheel includes a central hub section and an outermost rib, with a series of ribs between the hub section and rim, which lie along respective non-diameter chords. Incoming seed is delivered from a seed hopper outlet by gravitation to the metering wheel, which preferably provides a substantially constant open area while preventing wholly unobstructed flow of seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Patent number: 9033194
    Abstract: A dispenser including a chamber having a cavity, a spout in communication with the cavity and having an inner surface, a rotatable dial in communication with the spout and having an outer surface, and wherein the dial is positioned at least partially within the spout and rotates coaxially with the spout for dispensing a product within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Al Grabowski, James Kusbel
  • Publication number: 20150122844
    Abstract: A beverage containment assembly may include a disposable liner assembly for dispensing fluids with a vessel. The liner assembly may comprise a flexible liner configured for the vessel, a flexible tube; and a cuff having an interlock surface. The cuff may be received in at least a portion of the tube thereby securing the liner and the tube. The interlock surface may be configured to provide a seal between at least the cuff and the liner. A method of manufacturing same is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Plascon Group
    Inventors: Matthew P. Klein, David E. Peterson
  • 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: 9016525
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for use with a beverage container containing an alcoholic beverage includes a base with an upper outside surface, a vertically-inclined bore within the base, a valve bore in fluid communication with and transverse to the vertically-inclined bore, and a vent formed in the base to maintain fluid communication between the vertically-inclined bore and the atmosphere external to the base where the vertically-inclined bore extends a first pre-defined distance into the base from the upper outside surface and defines an upper opening in the base for receiving a neck portion of an inverted beverage container and where the valve bore extends a second pre-defined distance into the base and fluidly communicates with a lower portion of the vertically-inclined bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20150102066
    Abstract: A beverage server with conveniently separable barrel body and base comprising a barrel body, a base, an upper connecting plate disposed at a bottom surface of the barrel body, and a lower connecting plate disposed at an upper surface of the base. The lower connecting plate and the upper connecting plate are removably connected with each other via a rotary clamping unit. The present invention has a simple structure, and its barrel body and base can be separated without the need of using external assisting tools, and its rotary clamping unit is not easy to fall off and lost, and its rotary clamping unit will not wobble after the barrel body and the base are separated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GUANGZHOU HEKOUMEI HOUSEWARE DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Wei HUANG
  • Patent number: 8998036
    Abstract: A dispenser including a base unit with an actuation mechanism for dispensing liquid and a refill unit insertable into the base unit in an inverted configuration with its outlet lowermost for the supply of liquid to the base unit. The refill unit includes an annular wall projecting into the refill unit and defining an outlet from the refill unit, the annular wall being closable at its innermost end by a valve element biased onto the annular wall. The base unit includes a hollow spigot and an annular seal surrounding and spaced from the top of the spigot whereby insertion of the refill unit into the base unit causes the spigot to enter the annular wall and to lift the valve element from the annular wall to define a flow path from the refill unit, and the annular seal to seal between the spigot and the annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Xianzhi Zhou, Dong Xiao You, Christopher Leonard Padain, Jacobus Simon Petrus Van Diepen
  • Patent number: 8991656
    Abstract: A weighing hopper includes a tubular main body having an upper end opening constituting a loading port and a lower end opening constituting a dispensing port and a gate provided on the main body swingably in such a way that the gate opens/closes the dispensing port, wherein the main body and the gate are formed by bending components after joining the components by diffusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Welcon Inc., Yamato Scale Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Suzuki, Takayuki Nagai
  • Patent number: 8985932
    Abstract: In a multi-silo distribution and storage system, the regions between the stationary and transport batchers, and between transport batcher and storage bin are isolated during asphalt discharge with a bellows automatically deployed when clamshell gates of the stationary and transport batchers are opened. The storage bin is provided with a sealing door that lifts vertically for unsealing and slides horizontally to permit access to the bin interior for receiving asphalt discharged from the transport batcher. After registry above the top bin opening, the sealing door is forced downwardly to create a tight seal. For prolonged storage, a fluid seal isolates the lower discharge gate of the storage bin. Steam is delivered to the stored asphalt and bin interior to displace atmospheric oxygen vented through a valve in the bin top. An oxygen sensor linked to a process controller monitors the oxygen level within the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Michael R Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8973787
    Abstract: The dispensing device (1) has a beverage receptacle (2) with holes (200) in the base thereof, said holes being stopped with valves (3); a supporting base (4) that supports the receptacle; serving mechanisms (5) for opening the valves; and a cooling element mounted between the receptacle and the stand. The base (20) of the receptacle has, within, a convex central portion (201) and a peripheral portion (202) with the emptying holes, and the outer part thereof has a concave central portion (203) and a peripheral zone (204) with housings (205) for mounting a respective valve. The stand has an upper portion (40) in which the receptacle fits, and supporting legs (41). The serving mechanisms (5) are mounted in the upper portion of the stand, operationally facing the respective valve. The cooling element (6) is designed to be fitted inside the upper portion of the stand, with the base of the receptacle located above said element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Luis Benayas-Perez, Javier Perez Perez
  • Patent number: 8967433
    Abstract: A capture mechanism for a dispensing spout of a bag-in-box liquid dispenser. The dispenser is adapted to enable the dispensing spout protrude through at least the base of its box. The capture mechanism contains a component for capturing a dispensing spout of a bag-in-box liquid dispenser. When in use with at least a portion of the capture mechanism cooperating with the box of a bag-in-box liquid dispenser adapted to enable its dispensing spout protrude through at least the base of its box, the capturing component is positioned to maintain the dispensing spout in a low dispensing position relative to the level of the base of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Aqueduct Invest
    Inventor: Kieran McKenna
  • Publication number: 20150041494
    Abstract: A bag in box packaging including a flexible bag and an outer carton. The flexible bag defines a cavity, with a spout coupled thereto providing access to the cavity. The outer carton has a first sidewall and a second sidewall opposite the first side wall. A front wall extends therebetween. The inner spout retaining member further includes an inner spout retaining member. The inner spout retaining member includes a first panel that extends between the first sidewall and the second sidewall and is spaced apart from the front wall. The first panel includes a spout receiving slot extending thereinto. The spout of the bag is positionable within the spout receiving slot of the first panel, so as to position the spout between the first panel and the front wall. A spout locking member is structurally configured to maintain the spout within the spout receiving slot of the first panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Brooks
  • Patent number: 8944094
    Abstract: This invention relates to an adaptor that is used with a valve fitment assembly used to dispense fluids or flowable materials from a container. The adaptor is utilized in conjunction with the valve fitment assembly to allow the fitment assembly to be used with a spout and valve assembly attached to a container holding fluid. This invention also relates to a process for dispensing fluid using the adapter described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8944288
    Abstract: A container collapsible during dispensing of the contents therein includes a front wall, a rear wall, right and left side walls, a bottom wall, and a top wall defining a container volume holding product. A first right side wall fold line is provided in the right side wall, and a first left side wall fold line is provided in the left side wall. A rear wall fold line separates the rear wall into a first facet and a second facet. The container is sealed such that the removal of the product from the container causes the container volume to decrease, and the container folds along the first right side wall fold line, first left side wall fold line and rear wall fold line such that the first facet folds down toward the second facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Aaron R. Reynolds, Stephanie Killion Schneider, Anthony R. Marchetta
  • Patent number: 8919619
    Abstract: A portable liquid applicator system and a method for applying liquid directly from an original package container, e.g., a five-gallon bucket, to a surface. The system includes a wheeled platform onto which the container is positioned such that fluid within the container flows toward a pour opening. A extended actuating handle engages a valve at the pour opening and allows the valve to be opened and closed by a user in an upright position, rather than having to bend to operate the valve. A method includes positioning the container on the platform, opening the valve, and then moving the platform to disperse the liquid onto a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fas-Trak Industries
    Inventor: Mark Scott Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 8905267
    Abstract: A bag-in-box type of assembly is disclosed where numerous features are provided. One of the features helps to lock the drainage tube of the bag in a predetermined position at the bottom of the box. Another feature is directed to a ramp inside the box that aid drainage of the bag's content, e.g., concentrate for a postmix beverage. Yet a further feature is directed to structures that prevent slippage of the bag when placed on the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush
  • Patent number: 8881952
    Abstract: An ice dispensing assembly includes a hopper, a metering disk, a shelf member, and a separating wall. The hopper includes an outlet opening defined in a bottom end of the hopper, and an ice inlet defined in a top end of the hopper. The metering disk is positioned in the hopper and includes a plurality of cavities. The shelf member is arranged to at least partially shield the cavities from a supply of ice held in the hopper. The metering disk is rotatable relative to the hopper between a first position wherein at least one cavity is exposed to the supply of ice to be filled with ice, and a second position wherein the cavity is separated from the supply of ice by the separating wall and ice in the cavity is dispensed through the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr., Sterling O. Kingdon, Mark W. McLane, David J. Throckmorton, Kory B. Robins, W. Reid Stout
  • Patent number: 8875944
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser is proposed which includes a soft raw water container and which makes it possible to spontaneously use up drinking water in the container. A water passage tube (12) of a container connecting portion (10) includes a tubular partitioning wall (13) dividing the interior of the water passage tube (12) into a water passage (14) communicating with a water passage hole (14a), and an air passage (15) communicating with the water passage (14) through a small air passage hole (15a). A water passage pipe (16) is connected to the water passage (14). The water passage tube (12) has a base portion (12a) formed with an opening (15b) communicating with the air passage (15). An air passage pipe (17) is connected to the opening (15b) and hangs vertically downwardly into a low-temperature tank (2). An on-off valve (19b) is provided at the free end of the air passage pipe (17) which is adapted to open when the water level in the low-temperature tank (2) lowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Cosmo Life
    Inventors: Nana Shiotani, Masaru Shiotani
  • 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: 20140312066
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser that is enabled for on demand, gravity fed dispensing of a pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage that has been thermally regulated through natural convection. More specifically, the beverage dispenser enables pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage containers (i.e., beverage containers with beverage contents that are pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink) to be installed on the beverage dispenser and, without the aid of electricity or electro-mechanical devices, dispense a thermally regulated beverage on-demand to an intended customer. The beverage dispenser may comprise a thermal regulation compartment that facilitates regulating the temperature of beverage contents through natural convection. The beverage dispenser may also comprise a thermally regulated and thermally insulated beverage enclosure in which to install the beverage containers. The thermal regulation compartment may be carried within the beverage enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, Quande Gui, Feiyun Ma, Xiaoliang Tan, Javier Verdura, Jesse S. Kruska, John Kevin Clay, James McCay
  • Patent number: 8857669
    Abstract: A water dispenser is disclosed having a housing for a reservoir in communication with a faucet to draw water therefrom. A water bottle is positioned spout-down at the top of the housing or in the top section of the reservoir. Water flows to the faucet via gravity without the use of pumps and the like. The configuration of the reservoir and the positioning of conduits provides to place the faucet closer to the top of the water dispenser again without the use of pumps and the like. The faucet includes separate compartments as well as inlets and outlets so as to divert water towards a variety of water treatment apparatuses such as hot tanks, carbonators, chillers and the like. The faucet includes controllable valves which provide the user to choose between hot, cold, carbonated or otherwise treated water. The faucet and reservoir can form an assembly which can be removed from the housing without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cardomon Holdings Limited
    Inventors: German Algora, Tyler Nickerson, Shusheng Liu, Bohong Zeng
  • Publication number: 20140291356
    Abstract: An inner container for transporting and storing liquids includes an outlet neck and a bottom wall. The bottom wall connects two side walls, one rear wall and one front wall of the inner container to one another. The outlet neck is arranged in a funnel bottom of an outlet funnel embodied in the bottom wall, and includes one front funnel wall, two lateral funnel walls and one rear funnel wall, wherein the lateral funnel walls are inclined from a lower edge of a side wall towards the funnel bottom in each case, in such a way that the outlet funnel has the shape of a truncated pyramid above the funnel bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Protechna S.A.
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 8844772
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary agitation beverage dispenser in which an agitator impeller is mechanically rotated when a user operates a beverage discharge valve to agitate a beverage in a container, the dispenser being usable everywhere without requiring electricity. The dispenser includes a container in which a beverage is received, an agitator impeller mounted in the container and adapted to agitate the beverage by rotation thereof about a rotating shaft that is rotatably mounted on a surface of the container, a discharge valve mounted to one side of the container so as to communicate with the interior of the container and adapted to discharge the beverage out of the container when operated by a user, and an agitator drive unit connected to the discharge valve and the rotating shaft of the agitator impeller and adapted to rotate the agitator impeller in linkage with operation of the discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tiger Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Doojin Kim
  • Patent number: 8844767
    Abstract: An inverted flexible food containment and delivery system is disclosed. Embodiments disclosed herein include a flexible pouch that is configured to contain a food product. A spout fitment is coupled to the flexible pouch proximate a dispensing end. The spout fitment supports a cap assembly that includes a valve. An exterior support surface of the cap assembly is configured to support the flexible food containment and delivery system and the food product in an inverted/cap-down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Daisy Brand, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bates, Kristin Heist, Christine Horan, Julie King, Elizabeth Kneen, Jason Robertson, David M. Sokolsky, Jung Geun Tak, Vincent Taylor, Craig Ziemkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140284357
    Abstract: A gravity-feed bin includes a generally hollow main bin that has a storage reservoir and an open end. A first generally hollow extension section is selectably coupled to the open end of the main bin. The first extension section is in communication with the reservoir, and the storage capacity of the reservoir is increased by the first extension section. In some embodiments a seal element is intermediate the open end of the main bin and the first extension section, the seal element providing a substantially air-tight seal between the main bin and the first extension section. A plurality of extension sections and seal elements may be selectably coupled together in a stacked arrangement upon the main bin to increase the storage capacity of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: TRADE FIXTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Brundick
  • Publication number: 20140252040
    Abstract: The invention discloses a carrier stand for a sports cooler having a travel closed position on a taller dispensing position. The stand can be integrated or removable from the cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Derek Ray Shoup
  • Patent number: 8827118
    Abstract: A proppant storage vessel has a first container with an interior volume, and a second container supported in spaced relation above the first container. The first container has a bottom hatch affixed to a bottom wall thereof. The bottom hatch is movable between an open position and a closed position. The first container has an opening at a top wall thereof. The second container has bottom hatch formed on a bottom wall thereof. The bottom hatch of the second container is aligned with the opening of the first container such that a proppant in the second container can flow through the hatch thereof into the interior volume of the first container. Each of the containers includes first, second, third and fourth inclined surfaces positioned in the interior volume and extending from the respective side walls and end walls thereof toward the bottom hatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Oren Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Oren
  • Patent number: 8820577
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a liquid is connectable to a container containing the liquid and detachably connectable to a base station having a drive member, the device including a liquid duct and a pump actuated by the drive member for effecting passage of liquid through the duct, characterized in that the device includes a cutter for piercing a tamper resistant foil positioned across the outlet of the container and that a push pin for actuating the cutter is operable from outside the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfenstein, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Publication number: 20140239012
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container assembly for use with a reusable urn or vessel. The assembly includes a (1) flexible pouch, (2) a fitment connected to the pouch and having a flexible flange and a first fluid passageway therethrough in fluid communication with the chamber, (3) a tubing adapter having a first end connected to the fitment and a second end having a member for connecting to a tubing and a second fluid passageway in fluid communication with the first fluid passageway; and (4) wherein the flexible flange is capable of bending to conform to an interior wall of the urn or vessel to place the second fluid passageway in alignment with an axis of a through hole in the urn or vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark A. Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Patent number: 8800817
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser that is enabled for on demand, gravity fed dispensing of a pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage that has been thermally regulated through natural convection. More specifically, the beverage dispenser enables pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage containers (i.e., beverage containers with beverage contents that are pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink) to be installed on the beverage dispenser and, without the aid of electricity or electro-mechanical devices, dispense a thermally regulated beverage on-demand to an intended customer. The beverage dispenser may comprise a thermal regulation compartment that facilitates regulating the temperature of beverage contents through natural convection. The beverage dispenser may also comprise a thermally regulated and thermally insulated beverage enclosure in which to install the beverage containers. The thermal regulation compartment may be carried within the beverage enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, Quande Gui, Feiyun Ma, Xiaoliang Tan, Javier Verdura, Jesse S. Kruska, John Kevin Clay, James McCay, Jon Crawford-Phillips, Rony Zibara, Viresh Chopra, Georgina Louise Clarke
  • Patent number: 8800814
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage pouch or bladder supporting container having a plurality of elements for the purposes of efficiently dispensing, storing and preserving the beverage contained within the pouch, all while presenting an outward appearance that is tasteful and decorative. The container comprises an enclosure having an internal volume and a base, wherein the volume is actively cooled using a refrigeration system or alternatively is insulated for retaining a plurality of freezable blocks or a quantity of ice therein. Along the forward face of the enclosure is an aperture adapted to accept the spout of the beverage pouch, while an attachable or pull-out drip tray is positioned therebelow. Within the interior of the enclosure may further be provided a bladder support element adapted to suspend, compress or elevate the bag for more efficient and constant-flow dispensing of its contents through the externally-mounted spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Cathy Braun, Holly Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20140203046
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container unloader having an expandable supporter, a pallet receiver supported by the extendable supporter, and a material director supported by the pallet receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Arrows Up, Inc.
    Inventor: C. John Allegretti