With Material Treatment Or Conditioning Means Patents (Class 222/190)
  • Patent number: 10399100
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foam dispensing unit (10) that dispenses a content liquid in a foamed state by causing the content liquid pumped out via a liquid flow channel (23) to pass through a porous member (29) provided in a foaming flow channel (24) together with air, the foam dispensing unit including a mechanism for variably positioning a passage surface (40), the mechanism rotatably holding the porous member (29) in the foaming flow channel (24) to variably position a content liquid passage surface of the porous member (29). The mechanism for variably positioning a passage surface (40) includes a loosely holding region (41) formed in the foaming flow channel (24) and the porous member (29) loosely mounted in the loosely holding region (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Ryohei Aoyama, Yoshinori Inagawa, Noboru Yashima
  • Patent number: 10391529
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an exhaust system includes a first pump unit, a second pump unit, a shaft, and a motor. The first pump unit includes a first exhaust chamber, a first intake port, a first exhaust port, and a first rotor. The first intake port, the first exhaust port, and the first rotor are provided in the first exhaust chamber. The second pump unit includes a second exhaust chamber, a second intake port, a second exhaust port, and a second rotor. The second intake port, the second exhaust port, and the second rotor are provided in the second exhaust chamber. The shaft links the first rotor and the second rotor. The motor causes the first rotor, the second rotor, and the shaft to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10376909
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present invention is a pump type dispenser which includes a pump held by a mouth portion of a container and configured to suction and pressure-feed a content liquid in the container, and a nozzle head having an internal passage through which the pressure-fed content liquid passes and driving the pump by being repeatedly pushed down and restored. The internal passage includes a vertical passage, a lateral passage, and a protrusion protruding toward an inner side in a joining portion between the vertical passage and the lateral passage, and a dispensing member disposed in the lateral passage includes a recessed portion which engages with the protrusion to prevent separation from the lateral passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizushima, Tsuyoshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10359031
    Abstract: A foam pump has dual, coaxial air and liquid cylinders, each having a respective air and liquid piston which move together during a dispensing operation. One or more air passageways between the air cylinder and a liquid-air mixing chamber are configured to impart rotation to an airstream passing from the air cylinder to the mixing chamber to increase turbulent mixing of the air and liquid in the mixing chamber. The liquid cylinder is axially aligned with the air cylinder to provide a low profile pump which does not require a dip tube or sleeve to communicate with the bottom of the liquid source when used in an inverted application wherein the foam pump is positioned below the source of liquid. A resilient valve member in the liquid outlet is biased to close on its own to prevent leaking in the event the air and liquid pistons do not fully return to the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory L. Indruk
  • Patent number: 10307195
    Abstract: Devices and methods mix a bone cement and comprise at least one cartridge, wherein the cartridge comprises in its interior a cylindrical mixing chamber, a discharge piston movable in the cylindrical mixing chamber in the longitudinal direction and sealable against the walls of the mixing chamber, a mixing device for thoroughly mixing the content of the mixing chamber, which is arranged in the interior of the mixing chamber. The mixing device is operable externally via a mixing rod and the mixing rod is guided through a passage in the discharge piston such that it can be rotated and displaced in the longitudinal direction by the discharge piston. The cartridge comprises a discharge opening opposite the discharge piston, wherein, in the mixing chamber, a first component is contained between the discharge piston and the discharge opening, wherein a monomer fluid as a second component is introducable through the discharge opening into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventor: Sebastian Vogt
  • Patent number: 10299636
    Abstract: A valvular conduit, preferably a Tesla valvular conduit, in which a plug member is coaxially received within a bore in a sleeve member and in which passageways are defined between the plug member and the sleeve member within interior walls configured to permit mixing of fluid flowing through the passageways in at least one direction, preferably, the relatively free passage of fluid through the passageways upstream but increased the resistance to downstream flow of the fluid through each passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones, Zhenchun Shi
  • Patent number: 10293991
    Abstract: A pourer attachment that is selectively engageable with a bottle is provided for pouring and mixing a base liquid (e.g., liquor) and a secondary liquid (e.g., hydration concentration). The pourer includes a neck section and a base section. The base section includes a reservoir for containing the secondary liquid and is in fluid communication with a secondary liquid channel of the neck section through which the secondary liquid may be poured when a lid associated with the pourer is open. An aperture in the lid allows the base liquid to be poured when the lid is in a closed position. As such, when the lid is in its open position, both the secondary liquid and base liquid may be poured and mixed, and when the lid is in its closed position, only the base liquid may be poured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BETTER TMRW LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Schindler
  • Patent number: 10144026
    Abstract: A foamer dispenser including a mesh filter that is disposed in a mixture flow path of a jet ring to allow a mixture to pass is provided. A connecting flow path area between a liquid flow path and the mixture flow path and a connecting flow path area between an ambient air flow path and the mixture flow path have the relation 2.8?S1/S2?3.8, and/or, a smallest flow path area of the mixture flow path is located on an immediately upstream side of the mesh filter, and the smallest flow path area and a flow path area of the mesh filter have the relation 4?S4/S3?10.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizushima, Tsuyoshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10143339
    Abstract: An exemplary foam dispenser includes a housing, a drive motor and a foam pump operatively coupled to the drive motor. The foam pump is secured to the housing and the foam pump includes a housing and a molded multi-chamber diaphragm. The molded multi-chamber diaphragm includes a liquid pump chamber, two or more air pump chambers; and an outlet valve. A mixing chamber is included and located downstream of the outlet valve for mixing foamable liquid from the liquid pump diaphragm with air from each of the two or more air pump chambers. In addition, a foam cartridge and an outlet for dispensing foam are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Dennis K. Jenkins, Aaron D. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10080466
    Abstract: Refill units for foam dispensers include a container for holding foamable liquid, a foam pump secured to the container, a foaming cartridge, an outlet and an actuation mechanism. The foam pump includes a housing, a liquid pump diaphragm, a plurality of air pump diaphragms, and a mixing chamber. An actuation mechanism releasably connects to a drive system in the dispenser. The actuation mechanism sequentially activates the liquid pump diaphragm and the air pump diaphragms when the refill unit is connected to the dispenser and the drive system. Sequential activation of the liquid pump diaphragm and air pump diaphragms causes the liquid pump diaphragm to pump at least a partial dose of liquid into the mixing chamber and the air pump diaphragms to pump at least a partial dose of air into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Donald R. Harris, Dennis K. Jenkins, John J. McNulty
  • Patent number: 10065199
    Abstract: Foaming cartridge for use with a foam pump, refill unit or foam dispenser includes a housing and a foaming stage disposed within the housing. The foaming stage includes two or more mix media located within the foaming stage. At least two of the mix media are sponges and the sponges have different porosities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Twaroski, Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 10034585
    Abstract: The present application discloses liquid dispensers, refill units for liquid dispensers, liquid pumps, lost motion devices, and methods for installing a refill unit and lost motion device. In certain embodiments, a liquid dispenser of the present application comprises a container for holding a liquid, a pump housing connected to the container, a liquid or air chamber, and a piston movable in the liquid or air chamber. A connector is linked to the piston. The connector has a flexible portion for connecting to the piston and an attachment portion for attaching to an actuator of the dispenser. A restrictor is positioned between the flexible portion of the connector and the piston. Movement of the connector a first distance in a first direction results in lost motion between the actuator and the piston and continued movement of the connector a second distance in the first direction moves the piston with the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Moore, Mark Rosenkranz
  • Patent number: 10022024
    Abstract: An exemplary refill unit for a foam dispenser includes a container for holding a foamable liquid and a liquid pump connected to the container and an outlet nozzle. The liquid pump has a rigid back plate and a flexible membrane. The flexible membrane and the rigid back plate form an arcuate shaped liquid pump chamber. The rigid back plate has a liquid inlet located proximate a first end of the arcuate shaped pump chamber and a liquid outlet located proximate a second end of the arcuate shaped pump chamber. The liquid pump is actuated by progressive compression of the flexible membrane against the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, John J. McNulty, Stephen A. Levy
  • Patent number: 9962723
    Abstract: A foam-dispensing pump includes an actuator, a collar, a housing, an air piston, a liquid piston, a mesh element and an air valve structure. The collar is constructed and arranged for attachment to a liquid storage container and a portion of the actuator is received by the collar. The air piston is constructed and arranged to be moveable within the housing. The liquid piston is constructed and arranged to be moveable within the housing. The mesh element is constructed and arranged to receive air and liquid for the production of foam. The air valve structure includes an annular sleeve component which is assembled onto the liquid piston and a cooperating annular valve element which is received by the air piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: RIEKE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gary M. Baughman
  • Patent number: 9949599
    Abstract: An exemplary refill unit for a dispenser includes an inverted non-collapsing container for holding a liquid. A pump housing is secured to the bottom of the inverted non-collapsing container. The pump housing includes a pump chamber for pumping fluid out of the inverted non-collapsing container. The pump housing includes an annular venting chamber. The annular venting chamber has a floor with an opening therethrough. A vent valve is located within the venting chamber. The vent valve has a first wiper seal in contact with a wall of the annular venting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Harris
  • Patent number: 9936840
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of vented refill units and dispensers having vented refill units are disclosed herein. An exemplary refill unit includes a non-collapsing inverted container. The container has a neck located at the bottom of the container. A pump is secured to the neck. The pump has a housing that has a cylindrical outside surface. In addition, the housing has an attachment mechanism for attaching the pump to a venting insert. The venting insert has a cylindrical inside surface and a cylindrical outside surface. At least a portion of the venting insert is located within the neck. An air passage is located between the pump housing and the cylindrical inside surface of the venting insert. One or more apertures are located through the venting insert. A one-way air inlet valve is located proximate the one or more apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Harris, Aaron D. Marshall, Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 9862001
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a drive unit, a detector and a controller. The drive unit is configured to operate a material dispenser. The detector is configured to detect a velocity of the material sensor. The controller is programmed to maintain the material dispenser at a constant velocity based on the velocity detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Hayden Turner, Victor Clemens, Jes Hickman, Robert Lindsey
  • Patent number: 9861555
    Abstract: The invention includes a device having a chamber within a syringe. A fluid passageway extends through a syringe piston. A valve is associated with the passageway controlling fluid passage through the piston. The invention includes a piercing structure having a head segment and a body portion, with a channel through the body portion and through at least one surface of the head without passing through the tip. In another aspect the invention encompasses a method of preparing an agent for administration to an individual. A first component is provided within a syringe and a second component is provided within a vial. A closed valve is associated with a fluid passageway between the vial and the syringe barrel through a piston. Valve repositioning allows fluid passage and sliding of the piston joins the first and second components. Repeated sliding of the piston mixes the components to produce the medication agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hyprotek, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick O. Tennican, Russell A. Michaelsen, L. Myles Phipps
  • Patent number: 9839924
    Abstract: In a foamer dispenser, a depressing head includes: a head main unit with a top wall portion arranged above the stem and with an attachment cylindrical portion that extends downwardly from the top wall portion and is attached to the stem; and an exterior cylindrical portion that is provided beneath the top wall portion and surrounds the attachment cylindrical portion and the guide cylindrical portion from an outer side in a radial direction. An inside of the exterior cylindrical portion is communicable with an inside of the cylinder for air through an inside of the guide cylindrical portion. The head main unit and the exterior cylindrical portion are formed as separate entities and are fitted to each other. In an upper end portion of the exterior cylindrical portion, intake holes are formed that penetrate through the exterior cylindrical portion in a radial direction and open toward an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mizushima, Tsuyoshi Sasaki, Yasuhito Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kato, Toshihiro Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9795256
    Abstract: The invention discloses an elastic bag foam pump, which comprises a bottle cover (1), an elastic bag (2), a piston rod (3), a piston (4), a liquid inlet one-way valve (6) and a gas inlet one-way valve (8), wherein the elastic bag (2) is a hollow thin-wall bag; the bag opening of the elastic bag is provided with a connection part (2.1); the connection part (2.1) is mounted on an annular wall (1.1) used for connection on the bottle cover (1) in a sealing way; the elastic bag (2) is provided with an inlet hole (1.8) through which an inlet pipe (2.4) is communicated with the bottle cover (1); the gas inlet one-way valve (8) is mounted at one side of the inlet hole (1.8); a piston rod upper end (3.1) is fixed to an upper wall connection part (2.3) of the elastic bag (2); the lower end of the piston rod (3) is provided with the piston (4); and a cylinder (1.2) is arranged in the middle of the bottle cover (1). The elastic bag foam pump has the advantages of simple structure, low cost and easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: King Tsang Chung
  • Patent number: 9745114
    Abstract: A medicine bottle with a solid silica flaky drying agent is disclosed. The solid silica flaky drying agent is wrapped in a filter paper and packed inside a bubble cap on which a number of holes are provided for moisture absorption. The bubble cap containing the solid silica flake drying agent can be attached to the cap of the medicine bottle via a baseplate behind a circular locking notch for preventing the solid silica flake drying agent from falling off the cap, or placed at the bottom of the medicine bottle which has a circular locking notch to prevent the solid silica flake drying agent from falling out of the medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Shanghai Yingqu Desiccant Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xinhua Dai
  • Patent number: 9731309
    Abstract: A foam dispensing cap includes a cap body having a ceiling wall and a cylindrical side wall, and a partition member. An ejection pipe is erected on the upper surface of the ceiling wall. An air chamber is in the space below the ceiling wall. A liquid entry opening is in the partition member. In the air chamber, an air passage for flowing air within the air chamber and a liquid flow path for flowing the content liquid, which has passed through the partition wall and entered the air chamber, communicate with each other. The air passage and the liquid flow path are formed to merge, and a region ranging from the point of merging to the ejection pipe defines an air-liquid mixture flow path. When the squeeze container is tilted and squeezed, the content liquid is ejected in a foamy state from the leading end of the ejection pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON CLOSURES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motokatsu Yamada, Tomoya Igarashi, Takahiro Akaogi, Ken Hirosawa
  • Patent number: 9718069
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a non-aerosol foam pump for use in association with an unpressurized liquid container and a foaming element comprising. The pump includes a liquid pump portion and an air pump portion. The liquid pump portion has a liquid chamber with a liquid internal volume and a shuttle liquid piston. The liquid chamber is in flow communication with the unpressurized liquid container and in flow communication with the foaming element. The air pump portion has an air chamber with an air internal volume. The air chamber is in flow communication with the foaming element. The liquid pump portion and the air pump portion have an activation stroke and a return stroke. During the activation stroke the air internal volume is reduced and during a beginning stage of the stroke the liquid internal volume remains the same and during a later stage the liquid internal volume is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DEB IP LIMITED
    Inventors: David Michael Ross Creaghan, Robert Butler, Dean Philip Limbert, Christopher James Lang, Stewart Banks
  • Patent number: 9687121
    Abstract: Exemplary foam pumps, refill units and foam dispenser systems are disclosed herein. One exemplary refill unit includes a container and a foam pump secured to the container. The foam pump includes an outer housing, an inner housing and a cap. An air pump chamber is formed at least in part by the inner housing. In addition, a liquid pump chamber is formed at least in part by the inner housing. At least a portion of the liquid pump chamber is also formed by the outer housing. An air outlet is located at the bottom of the air pump chamber, which connects to an air outlet passage formed at least in part by the outer housing and the inner housing. Air and liquid dispense tubes are included as well as a mixing chamber located remotely from the foam pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Aaron D. Marshall, John J. McNulty
  • Patent number: 9687866
    Abstract: A liquid soap dispenser includes a cap adapted to be mounted onto a container. A cylinder longitudinally and rotatably extends through the cap. A tube is longitudinally connected to a lower end of the cylinder. A discharge tube is partially longitudinally received in the cylinder. The discharge tube has a lower end received in the cylinder and abutting against an inner periphery of the cylinder and is reciprocally moved relative to the cylinder. A push-button is mounted onto a top of the discharge tube. A negative pressure relative to the space in the container is intermittently formed in the cylinder such that the liquid soap in the container will sequentially pass through the tube, the discharge tube and the push-button when the push-button is reciprocally pressed and the piston of the discharge tube is reciprocally moved relative to the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LIVING FOUNTAIN PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Chung Chan
  • Patent number: 9662619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for dispensing a foam of a fluid product (P) comprising a head (3) wherein a mixing chamber (4) of said product with air (A) is formed, said head having: a passage for product (23) and a passage for air (25); a unit for foaming (5); a supply valve (30) of the mixing chamber (4) which comprises a product valve (31) and an air valve (32); a passage for return air (33) which is provided with an air return valve (34); the supply valve comprising a membrane (30) whereon the product (31) and air (32) valves are formed, said membrane being arranged in order to be reversibly mobile starting at a pressure that the source of product (24) or that the source of air (26) exerts on it, between a stable position wherein the passages of the product (23) and of the air (25) are closed by the intermediary of the corresponding valve (31, 32) and a stressed position wherein the passages for product (23) and for air (25) are open in order to supply the mixing chamber (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Twist Beauty Packaging Airspray N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Jozef Jan Albertz, Pierre Dumont, Emmanuel Mauduit, Eric Rossignol
  • Patent number: 9611839
    Abstract: A foam pump including a housing and a piston that reciprocates within the housing is disclosed herein. The piston has a hollow portion and an orifice through the wall of the piston. A first seal located proximate the upper end of the piston provides a seal between the piston and the housing. A liquid inlet is located in the side wall of the housing at a point lower than the top of the piston. A one-way liquid inlet valve is located proximate the liquid inlet and a one-way liquid outlet valve is located prior to the liquid outlet. A charge chamber is defined at least in part by the liquid inlet valve, the liquid outlet valve, a wall of the piston and a wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Robert L. Quinlan, Nick E. Ciavarella, Carrie Anne Zapka, David J. Shumaker
  • Patent number: 9596963
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of vented refill units and dispensers having vented refill units are disclosed herein. An exemplary refill unit includes a non-collapsing inverted container. The container has a neck located at the bottom of the container. A pump is secured to the neck. The pump has a housing that has a cylindrical outside surface. In addition, the housing has an attachment mechanism for attaching the pump to a venting insert. The venting insert has a cylindrical inside surface and a cylindrical outside surface. At least a portion of the venting insert is located within the neck. An air passage is located between the pump housing and the cylindrical inside surface of the venting insert. One or more apertures are located through the venting insert. A one-way air inlet valve is located proximate the one or more apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Harris, Aaron D. Marshall, Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 9596917
    Abstract: A cosmetic container having a storage container for housing a liquid- or gel-form basic cosmetic and a granulated cosmetic having a different function from the basic cosmetic, an airless pump on top of the storage container for discharging the mixed cosmetics from the storage container, and pulverization apparatus including a pulverizing member, a first pulverizing mesh and a second, finely pulverizing mesh positioned in a plurality of stages in a discharge pathway within the airless pump to cause the granulated cosmetic in the mixed cosmetics to be finely pulverized in a plurality of stages, with multistage smashing and fine pulverization of the granulated cosmetic in the pump such that discharge of the cosmetic is thereby performed smoothly when the cosmetic is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOLY KOREA INC.
    Inventor: Jun-Kuk Lim
  • Patent number: 9578996
    Abstract: Exemplary pumps, refill units and dispensers having angled outlets are disclosed herein. An exemplary refill unit for dispensing fluid on a hand includes a container and a pump. The pump includes an angled outlet passage. Fluid flowing out of the angled outlet passage is directed toward the palm of a hand when fluid is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Harris, Robert L. Quinlan, John J. McNulty
  • Patent number: 9579613
    Abstract: Exemplary foam-at-a-distance systems, refill units and foam generators are disclosed herein. An exemplary foam generator includes a body having an inlet for receiving air and an inlet for receiving liquid. The foam generator includes a plurality of baffles located within the body. A plurality of elongated spaces are formed at least in part by the baffles. The elongated spaces have a length that is greater than a width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Fawcett, Nick E. Ciavarella, Daniel M. Willis, Cory J. Tederous
  • Patent number: 9566595
    Abstract: A foam-forming assembly includes a housing having an air passage and a liquid passage, each ending in a mouth and being in communication with a dispensing passage having a dispensing opening, and a valve body which, in a rest position, covers the mouth of the liquid passage and the mouth of the air passage in a sealing manner in order to prevent a flow from the liquid passage and the air passage to the dispensing passage. During dispensing, the valve body opens the mouth of the liquid passage and the mouth of the air passage in order to allow mixing of air and liquid to take place in the dispensing passage. The mouth of the air passage is substantially annular, and the air passage includes a pressure balance chamber to divide the air pressure substantially equally over the substantially annular mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: REXAM AIRSPRAY N.V.
    Inventors: Marcus Cornelis Jacobus Tepas, Shivan Ramdhiansing, Arjen Haisma, Kim Deiman, Peter Jozef Jan Albertz
  • Patent number: 9554675
    Abstract: A foam dispenser includes a dispensing outlet, a pre-mixing chamber receiving liquid from a liquid source and air from an air source, a mixing chamber downstream of the pre-mixing chamber and proximate the dispenser outlet, and a first conduit coupling the pre-mixing chamber to the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Dikran Babikian, Branko Bem, Epitacio Davila
  • Patent number: 9505016
    Abstract: Manually operated dispenser for media, with a reservoir (1), with a pump part (2) which is mounted on the reservoir (1) and comprises a nozzle-shaped discharge portion (3) with a discharge portion end (5) having a discharge opening (4), with an actuation mechanism (6) assigned to the pump part (2), and with a protective cap (7) covering at least the discharge portion end (5), wherein a soft porous insert (8) is inserted into the protective cap (7) and can be pressed when the protective cap (7) is fitted from above onto the discharge portion end (5), and the discharge portion (3) forms a stand surface (9) for a free end (10) of a torsion spring (11), which is clamped in the protective cap (7) and whose loading introduces a torque that turns the protective cap (7) relative to the discharge portion (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: WestRock Dispensing Systems Hemer GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Thiede, Thomas Gratzfeld, Gisbert Welp
  • Patent number: 9427761
    Abstract: A nozzle cap-equipped discharge container (10) includes a container body (11) that is to contain content liquid, and a nozzle cap (12) that is mounted on a mouth neck section (11a) of the container body (11) and includes a discharge section (13) discharging the content liquid fed by the pressurization of the inside of the container body (11). The nozzle cap (12) includes a longitudinal discharge flow passage (16) that sends upward the content liquid fed from the container body (11), and a tip-side discharge flow passage (17) that allows the longitudinal discharge flow passage (16) and the discharge section (13) to communicate with each other. The nozzle cap (12) includes a body part (12a) and a lid part (12b), and the body part (12a) includes the longitudinal discharge flow passage (16) therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yamada, Yoshinori Inagawa
  • Patent number: 9399009
    Abstract: The present invention is a composition and method of treatment for skin disorders, conditions, and severe skin dryness in general through topical systematic and periodic application of a formulation that generally may include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, urea, dimethyl isosorbide, ethoxydiglycol, barrier repair agents, anti-irritants, humectants, and also has an acidic pH formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: CLARK PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen W. Clark, Natalie Barger
  • Patent number: 9384956
    Abstract: A nebulizer characterized in being provided with: an inner tube, which is disposed coaxially with an outer tube in which a nebulizing outlet is formed and which, together with the outer tube, forms a gas channel therebetween; a sample channel, which is formed inside the inner tube and through which a liquid sample to be nebulized flows; and a reticular membrane disposed with a gap from the sample outlet that is formed at one end of the inner tube and in which multiple holes, through which liquid sample drops flowing out from the sample outlet pass along with a gas, are formed. Using the nebulizer, the particle size of the nebulized liquid droplets can be made uniformly fine over a broad range of sample liquid flow volumes while retention of sample liquid in the nebulizer is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, S.T. Japan Inc.
    Inventors: Kazumi Inagaki, Shin-Ichiro Fujii, Akiko Takatsu, Koichi Chiba, Takao Nakagawa, Masaaki Abe, Nobuyoshi Kitagawa, Yosuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9327253
    Abstract: A foam pump includes a fluid cylinder, an air cylinder, and a mixing chamber, in which the fluid cylinder is adapted to draw a fluid therein in a priming stroke, and to pump the fluid into the mixing chamber in a dispensing stroke, in which the air cylinder is adapted to draw air therein in a priming stroke, and to pump the air into the mixing chamber in a dispensing stroke, in which the mixing chamber includes a fluid throughflow axis, in which the fluid cylinder and the air cylinder are co-axial with one another and are aligned on a second axis which is substantially normal to the fluid throughflow axis, in which the fluid cylinder and the air cylinder are provided with a common piston member, and in which the foam pump includes spring means adapted to bias the common piston member to perform a priming stroke of the fluid cylinder and the air cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Brightwell Dispensers Limited
    Inventors: Etienne Bunoz, Jeremy Rossall, Caryi Kwong
  • Patent number: 9204766
    Abstract: A spray head assembly includes a press head, a mount, a netted member, an air valve, a first piston, a rod, a main part, a resilient member, a restriction member, a second piston, a vale, a cylinder and an urging member. The press head is connected with the air valve which is connected to the netted member, the first piston and the second piston on one end of the rod and main part. The rod extends through the main part and is located in the cylinder. The valve is engaged with an opening of the cylinder. The mount and the cylinder are connected to each other. Liquid and air are mixed to generate fine foam which is obtain from the press head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Ya-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 9180417
    Abstract: A discharging device (1), for mixing and discharging a product, comprising a housing (110) with a reservoir (112). An advancement element (120), displaceable in the housing (110), has a product mixing element (112). A piston (140) displaceable in housing longitudinal direction, serves to eject the product from the reservoir (112) through an outlet opening. The piston (140) has an uncoupled state, in which it can be displaced in the longitudinal direction through the advancement element (120), and a coupled state in which it is coupled to the advancement element (120), and in which it can be displaced in the longitudinal direction relative to the housing (110) by the advancement element (120). In the coupled state, the piston (140) and advancement element (120) airtight seals the reservoir (112) and, in the uncoupled state, the piston (140) and/or the advancement element (120) free/frees at least one proximal venting opening (144) outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: MEDMIX SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Andy Greter
  • Patent number: 9169055
    Abstract: The container for storing a desiccant material includes a flexible housing having a front panel, a back panel, a sealed end, and an opened end. The side edges of the front panel attach to side edges of the back panel so as to form a sleeve. An insert member mounted within the sleeve forms a first chamber and a second chamber. The desiccant material is stored in the first chamber, and water absorbed from the atmosphere is collected in the second chamber. A drain connects the first chamber and the second chamber through the insert member. The top of the first chamber can have a lid member and vapor permeable membrane for exposing the desiccant material of the first chamber to the atmosphere. A retractable hook in the lid member supports the container when hanging. The container is foldable and flexible for convenient storage for re-use or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Gwen
  • Patent number: 9101952
    Abstract: A modular liquid pump operable as a liquid pump when used by itself and as a foam pump when combined with a modular air pump is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the modular liquid pump includes a housing for forming a least a portion of a liquid pump chamber; an inlet valve for allowing liquid into the liquid pump chamber; an outlet valve for allowing liquid out of the liquid pump chamber; and an attachment mechanism configured to secure the liquid pump housing to a modular air pump. The modular liquid pump operates alone to output a liquid or operates in combination with an air pump to output a foam. One embodiment includes a modular air pump configured to be secured to the modular liquid pump. In such a combination, the modular liquid pump and the air pump operate together to output a foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Nick E. Ciavarella, Todd A. Spiegelberg, Robert L. Quinlan
  • Patent number: 9084510
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser comprising: a frame (1) for supporting the components of the dispenser, a whipper assembly (2) comprising a whipper 9b housing (21), a whipper device (22) and a back wall (23), the whipper housing and the back wall forming a whipper chamber (24) in which is lodged the whipper device, a drive shaft (3) for driving the whipper device (22), said drive shaft being supported by the frame (1), detachable connection means (4a, 4b) for attaching the back wall to the whipper housing, wherein it further comprises detachable connection means (5) for attaching the whipper housing to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Lucio Scorrano, Richard Luke Murphy, Cedric Rey, Albert Zsolt, Larry Sacha Baudet, Jonathan Gebs
  • Patent number: 9072412
    Abstract: A foam dispenser having an actuator and a dispenser housing. The actuator releasably mates with a pomp of a refill unit and is moveable from a first position to a second position. Wherein the second position is further from the refill unit than the first position. Movement of the actuator from the first position to the second position causes the foam dispenser to dispense foam when a refill unit is inserted in the foam dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, David D. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20150144661
    Abstract: The invention provides a dispensing assembly to dispense a foam, comprising: •—a double cylinder element (2) mounted or to be mounted in an opening of a container (100), comprising a liquid cylinder (3) and an air cylinder (4), wherein the liquid cylinder has a smaller diameter than the air cylinder, and wherein the liquid cylinder and the air cylinder are arranged substantially concentrically, and •—a piston assembly (10) comprising a liquid piston (11) and an air piston (12) for reciprocal movements in the liquid cylinder and air cylinder, respectively, and a common operating part for operating the liquid piston and air piston, • wherein a liquid pump chamber (14) is at least delimited by the liquid cylinder and the liquid piston, said liquid pump chamber having a liquid inlet (15) and a liquid outlet (16), • wherein an air pump chamber (25) is at least delimited by the air cylinder, the air piston and the liquid piston, said air pump chamber having an air inlet (26) and an air outlet (27), • wherein the pi
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Marcus Cornelis Jacobus Tepas, Arjen Haisma, Peter Jozef Jan Albertz
  • Publication number: 20150144662
    Abstract: A cosmetic container having a storage container for housing a liquid- or gel-form basic cosmetic and a granulated cosmetic having a different function from the basic cosmetic, an airless pump on top of the storage container for discharging the mixed cosmetics from the storage container, and pulverization apparatus including a pulverizing member, a first pulverizing mesh and a second, finely pulverizing mesh positioned in a plurality of stages in a discharge pathway within the airless pump to cause the granulated cosmetic in the mixed cosmetics to be finely pulverized in a plurality of stages, with multistage smashing and fine pulverization of the granulated cosmetic in the pump such that discharge of the cosmetic is thereby performed smoothly when the cosmetic is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jun-Kuk Lim
  • Patent number: 9038862
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of pumps, refill units and dispensers are disclosed herein. Some embodiments include a container for holding a fluid and a pump housing secured to the container. The pump housing includes an annular collar for securing the pump housing to the container. The pump housing includes an air chamber and a vent valve located at least partially within the air chamber. One or more air passageways are provided in the collar for providing air to the air chamber. A compressible liquid pump chamber is also located in the housing. The exemplary embodiment includes a liquid inlet valve for allowing liquid to flow from the container into the compressible pump chamber; and a liquid outlet valve located downstream of the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Nick E. Ciavarella, Robert L. Quinlan, Cory J. Tederous
  • Publication number: 20150136807
    Abstract: A spray head assembly includes a press head, a mount, a netted member, an air valve, a first piston, a rod, a main part, a resilient member, a restriction member, a second piston, a vale, a cylinder and an urging member. The press head is connected with the air valve which is connected to the netted member, the first piston and the second piston on one end of the rod and main part. The rod extends through the main part and is located in the cylinder. The valve is engaged with an opening of the cylinder. The mount and the cylinder are connected to each other. Liquid and air are mixed to generate fine foam which is obtain from the press head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ya-Tsan Wang
  • Publication number: 20150136808
    Abstract: Embodiments of lost motion foam pumps are disclosed herein. One exemplary embodiment includes a liquid chamber, a liquid piston movable in the liquid chamber, an air chamber and an air piston movable in the air chamber. The air piston is linked to the liquid piston. A connector is linked to the air piston or the liquid piston. The connector includes an engagement member for connecting to an actuator of a foam dispenser. Movement of the actuator in a first direction moves the liquid and air pistons to contract the liquid chamber and the air chamber. Movement of the actuator a first distance in a second direction does not move the liquid piston or the air piston; however, continued movement of the actuator a second distance in the second direction moves the liquid piston and the air piston and expands the liquid and air chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella E. Ciavarella, Cory J. Tederous, John J. McNulty, Mark E. Rosenkranz
  • Publication number: 20150141469
    Abstract: A kit for the production of an antimicrobial foam includes: a) a liquid composition which includes a1)one or more bispyridinium alkane and a2)one or more surfactants selected from non-ionic surfactants, amphoteric surfactants and cation-active surfactants, wherein the composition is formulated so that a foam can be produced therefrom, and b) a device for producing the foam from the composition. By using the bispyridinium alkanes the foam stability of liquid and surfactant-containing compositions is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: L'AIR LIQUIDE, SOCIETE ANONYME POUR L'ETUDE ET L'EXPLOITATION DES PROCEDES GEORG
    Inventors: Petra KOLDITZ, Sabine BEHRENDS, Anja BEHRENDT, Andreas DETTMANN, Thomas SPUIDA