Wall Deflecting Means Patents (Class 222/214)
  • Patent number: 10993836
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for holding an ophthalmic bottle of drops and instilling them in a patient's eye. The device rests on the boney lower orbital ridge for stability and correct delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: James F. Saviola
  • Patent number: 10905292
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device includes a bottle body configured to hold a fluid, and an extension tube, connected to the bottle body through a connector. In some embodiments, the extension tube includes a brush and an orifice configured to release the fluid. In other embodiments, the extension tube is designed to be inserted into a body cavity and does not include a brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Richard DeBlasi
  • Patent number: 10753927
    Abstract: A method for assaying a sample for each of multiple analytes is described. The method includes contacting an array of spaced-apart test zones with a liquid sample (e.g., whole blood). The test zones disposed within a channel of a microfluidic device. The channel is defined by at least one flexible wall and a second wall which may or may not be flexible. Each test zone comprising a probe compound specific for a respective target analyte. The microfluidic device is compressed to reduce the thickness of the channel, which is the distance between the inner surfaces of the walls within the channel. The presence of each analyte is determined by optically detecting an interaction at each of multiple test zones for which the distance between the inner surfaces at the corresponding location is reduced. The interaction at each test zone is indicative of the presence in the sample of a target analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ALERE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Kaiser, Klaus-Peter Mobius, Torsten Schulz, Thomas Uhlig, Alexander Von Schenk Zu Schweinsberg, Eugen Ermantraut, Jens Tuchscheerer
  • Patent number: 10413041
    Abstract: The present device pertains to a two-liquid mixing container provided with a pressing pocket, and more particularly, to a two-liquid mixing container provided with a pressing pocket wherein a cosmetic container comprises a container body, a discharge pump, a pressing button and a container lid, and wherein a first cosmetic content is received inside the container body, a lower cap is detachably coupled to the lower part of the container body, and a pressing pocket having a second cosmetic content filled therein is coupled to the inside of the lower cap such that after a user separates the lower cap from the container body and then upwardly presses the pressing pocket, thereby mixing the first cosmetic content and the second cosmetic content, the mixed cosmetic content is exhausted by the discharge pump and used. Accordingly, since the structure of the container is simple, the productivity thereof is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chang Gyu Yoo
  • Patent number: 10213062
    Abstract: A pump for dispensing a fluid product from a product container, includes a unitary pump body defining an axis and including a pump chamber, a pump inlet and a pump outlet. The pump chamber is collapsible over an axially directed pumping stroke from an initial condition to a collapsed condition and is biased to return to its initial condition in a return stroke. An axially compressible spring is arranged to at least partially support the pump body during its collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Hugo Nilsson, Peter Bergman, Håkan Lindström
  • Patent number: 10077527
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Il Back, Hyun woo Song
  • Patent number: 9643200
    Abstract: An extrusion tool includes a dispenser body having a handle portion, a container-receiving portion, and a base portion. The handle portion is connected to and extends between the container-receiving portion and the base portion. The container-receiving portion defines a forward-facing aperture and a container well extending along a container well axis, where the container well is constructed and arranged to receive and retain a squeeze container with a nozzle of the squeeze container extending through the forward-facing aperture. A trigger is operatively connected to the dispenser body and movable between a non-dispensing position and a dispensing position. The trigger has a finger portion and a contact lever portion that is oriented to move into and out of the container well when the finger portion is moved between the non-dispensing position and the dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Richard A. Belanger
  • Patent number: 9586734
    Abstract: A fluid containment and dispensing system includes a sealed, variable-volume containment device having a movable plunger slidably mounted within a barrel, and a sealing head having a seal insert retained thereon. A seal arrangement includes a self-resealing cross-slit opening, an internal sealing ring for engaging a corresponding coupling of a compatible device, and a raised peripheral seal ring for sealing engagement with a closure lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NEOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Martin Costello, Tony Doherty, Aaron N. Ingram, Anthony C. Lair
  • Patent number: 9388803
    Abstract: Medical devices for extracorporeal blood treatment including tube roller pumps. Tube roller pumps including a pump housing having a bent bearing surface and a rotor being rotatable inside the bearing surface, wherein a tubing segment can be introduced between the bearing surface and the rotor in the form of a loop. A stationary first receiving portion for accommodating one end of the loop-shaped tubing segment and a rocker arm including a second receiving portion for accommodating the other end of the loop-shaped tubing segment is located at the pump housing, wherein the rocker arm is rotatable about a pivoting axis so that the second receiving portion with the tubing segment can be brought into at least two different positions and that a first position represents a threading position and a second position represents an unthreading position for the tubing segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: B. Braun Avitum AG
    Inventors: Oliver Schaefer, Andreas Iske, Bjoern Broeker
  • Patent number: 9217342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a collecting container for lubricants having a housing (1) which has an inlet opening (2) for introducing lubricant (3) and is open on the opposite side, and having a flexible membrane (4) which is fastened to the housing (1) and which delimits a lubricant collecting chamber (5) adjoining the inlet opening (2) in the housing (1). According to the invention the membrane (4) has, starting from the point where it is fastened to the housing (1), firstly a bellows section (6) and a reinforced section (7) connected at the end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: PERMA-TEC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Egon Eisenbacher
  • Publication number: 20150144659
    Abstract: A shut-off system for a dispenser includes a pinch member that moves relative to a guide and which is normally biased against a flexible outlet tube that is disposed therebetween. The flexible outlet tube that carries material, such as soap, supplied from a pump to an outlet nozzle. The pump and the pinch member are in operative engagement with an actuator, such that when the actuator is not engaged, the pinch member closes the outlet tube to prevent residual material retained in the outlet tube from flowing or drooling out of the outlet nozzle. Correspondingly, when the actuator is engaged, the pump is compressed, and the pinch member is moved away from the outlet tube, allowing the material to be pumped through the outlet tube and dispensed from the outlet nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: DAVID J. SMITH, JOHN J. McNULTY, ROBERT QUINLAN, CHRISTOPHER J. MANN, JAMES M. YATES
  • Patent number: 9038857
    Abstract: A squeezable hollow thin walled dispensing container having an open ended main body is provided with a closure plug insertable into the open end, the plug having outwardly projecting ribs engaging the inside of the peripheral wall of the body, a locking member is received exterior of the body around the plug, and the plug and locking member entrapping portions of the wall therebetween to sealingly close the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Fang-Pin Chen
  • Publication number: 20150129611
    Abstract: A dispenser machine for storing and dispensing viscous foods and beverages and provides for the efficient and safe dispensation of a viscous food or beverage product that is contained in a flexible product container and which does not come into direct contact with the dispenser equipment. The dispenser includes an evacuation system which includes a weighted roller or slidable weight in contact with one or more sides of the product container and which operates by force of gravity to pressure and direct the food or beverage product contained in the container toward and out of the bag or container tube spout. A pump unit, which is configurable to provide for the dispensation of both food and beverage products with different viscosities by the addition or removal of one or pump pins, draws product from the container as desired and the pump unit pins operate to pinch and prevent the flow of product from the container tube spout after the pump is shut off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tracy Vulpitta, Erwin Vulpitta, Scott Northuis
  • Patent number: 9016526
    Abstract: An apparatus including a fluid reservoir and a compressible metering chamber including a first end coupled to the fluid reservoir and a second end. The apparatus further including a valve coupled to the second end of the metering chamber and a nozzle coupled to the valve. A system including linearly translatable cartridge mounting assembly having a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations and a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridges mounted to respective fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations. The system further including a plurality of compression assemblies coupled to respective fluid dispensing cartridges and a receiving assembly positioned beneath the mounting assembly. A method includes positioning a fluid dispensing cartridge comprising a fluid reservoir and a metering chamber over a sample retaining member, applying a compressive force to the metering chamber to eject a predetermined amount of fluid and removing the compressive force to refill the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Evans, Wolfgang Mueller, Toshiyuki Fujimaki, Shinji Tokudaiji, Yoshitake Okabe, Yoshitada Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 9004317
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing a flowable product comprises a casing comprising a nozzle for dispensing the product and a container designed to contain the product to be packaged. The casing comprises a rigid bottom, an air renewal and filtration assembly, a filter element, and an air inlet passage located in said rigid bottom. The nozzle comprises a tapered portion that defines a free end of the nozzle, an actuating portion resiliently movable between an engagement position and a rest position. A dose-defining chamber may be isolated from the air contained in the container and may have a determined volume in the rest position. The engagement position may be obtained by engaging the actuating portion against a stationary wall portion, so as to empty the chamber and expel a dose exactly corresponding to the determined volume of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sivel
    Inventor: Jacques Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8991660
    Abstract: A vessel for use in rinsing a user's nasal cavity provides a resiliently collapsible main body, a self-sealing nozzle that increases in internal pressure when the vessel is squeezed, and a check valve in the nozzle to reduce back-wash into the vessel. A collar connects the nozzle and check valve to the main body. The check valve includes a first opening that provides fluid communication between the main body and a void formed in an interior of the nozzle and may allow pressure within the nozzle to increase upon deforming the main body. A second opening may provide fluid communication between an exterior of the main body and a fluid reservoir formed in the main body. The second opening may cooperate with a valve that allows selective fluid communication between the exterior of the main body and the reservoir formed in the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Hair, Kurt M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8991648
    Abstract: A shut-off system for a dispenser includes a pinch member that moves relative to a guide and which is normally biased against a flexible outlet tube that is disposed therebetween. The flexible outlet tube that carries material, such as soap, supplied from a pump to an outlet nozzle. The pump and the pinch member are in operative engagement with an actuator, such that when the actuator is not engaged, the pinch member closes the outlet tube to prevent residual material retained in the outlet tube from flowing or drooling out of the outlet nozzle. Correspondingly, when the actuator is engaged, the pump is compressed, and the pinch member is moved away from the outlet tube, allowing the material to be pumped through the outlet tube and dispensed from the outlet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Smith, John J. McNulty, Robert Quinlan, James M. Yates
  • Publication number: 20150083756
    Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are provided for dispensing fluid from a dispenser that includes a flexible membrane having different levels of pliability according to a voltage applied to the flexible membrane. According to some embodiments, a biasing device, such as a spring, is disposed on a first side of the flexible membrane and is configured to apply pressure to the flexible membrane. When a first voltage is applied to the flexible membrane, the flexible membrane becomes sufficiently pliable to enable the spring to flex the flexible membrane, pushing the flexible membrane into a pumping chamber disposed on the opposite side of the flexible membrane relative to the spring. The fluid is stored in the pumping chamber and the flexing of the flexible membrane causes the pumping chamber to compress. Such compression of the pumping chamber forces the pumping chamber to dispense the fluid through a pump outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Nick Ermanno Ciavarella, Jackson William Wegelin
  • Patent number: 8985395
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual servings of a cold beverage, either having a refrigeration unit to chill the beverage or a removable pitcher that may be put in a refrigerator. A special disposable beverage cartridge or beverage pouch fits into the holder. This cartridge or pouch may have pressure rupturable seals or diaphragms and contain beverage concentrate. A dispensing mechanism puts pressure on the cartridge or the pouch to break the pressure rupturable seal or diaphragm to discharge the concentrate into a mixing structure. The mixing structure also receives chilled liquid from the refrigeration unit or the pitcher, and ensures that the concentrate mixes with the liquid without contacting the walls of the mixing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fountain Master LLC
    Inventor: Francis X Tansey
  • Publication number: 20150053717
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing sprayable material such as paint and other liquefied products. The system includes a dispenser such as a marking stick or other commercially available dispenser. The dispenser is configured to accept a container housed inside a cartridge and filled with sprayable material. The sprayable material is sprayed through a valve and spray tip at one end of the cartridge. An electrically powered motor assembly is removably coupled to the cartridge. The motor is used to power a pump that is incorporated in the cartridge to draw the sprayable material from the container. The material is pumped from the container and delivered through a tube to a spray head. The pressure generated by the pump inside the container and the tube are sufficient to spray the product through the valve and spray tip when valve is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: AERVOE INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mark Williams, Michael Joseph Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150041497
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a flowable substance, in particular glue, such as instant glue, includes a receiving body which has a circumferential wall and a main axis extending in the longitudinal direction of the receiving body. The bottom of the receiving body is formed either by a plug inserted into an open end of the receiving body or by an end wall formed integrally on the circumferential wall. A nozzle or dispensing tip for discharging the flowable substance is arranged at an end side of the receiving body facing away from the receiving body bottom. The nozzle or dispensing tip has an outlet opening. A lever is arranged on the circumferential wall and extends along the main axis forming an acute angle with the circumferential wall so that a slit-like intermediate space is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Schniedenharn, Simone Silvery, Aurelia Liar, Karl Sermersheim
  • Publication number: 20150041493
    Abstract: A container containing a substance, comprises a preformed deformable body defining a filling cavity. The body has an opening and an integral planar circumferential rim surrounding said opening. The opening is closed by a cover sheet which is sealed to the circumferential rim by means of a circumferential sealing seam, wherein the circumferential rim has a dispensing part which is covered by the cover sheet. The cover sheet is sealed to the dispensing part by at least one rupturable sealing seam and outlet seams defining an outlet passage from the rupturable sealing seam towards a dispensing edge of the dispensing part of the circumferential rim, such that, when the rupturable sealing seam is broken, the substance is allowed to flow through the outlet passage between the surface of the dispensing part and the cover sheet towards the dispensing edge of the dispensing part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: MDS Global Holding p.l.c.
    Inventors: Michiel Olivier SCHÖLVINCK, Roeland Petrus Maria VAN OIRSCHOT, Edouard STERNGOLD, Sebastiaan Willem HEKKENBERG, Robert WILLEMSEN
  • Patent number: 8953986
    Abstract: A powder container includes: a powder containing unit which has an opening portion formed at one end portion thereof, contains a powder therein, and is formed of a flexible material; a discharging unit which is provided in the end portion provided with the opening portion, is fixed to a powder conveying apparatus, and discharges the powder delivered from the opening portion out to the powder conveying apparatus; and a portion to be locked which is provided in an end portion opposite to the opening portion and is locked to a locking portion of the powder conveying apparatus while a delivery member is biased in a direction opposite to the movement direction. When the delivery member is pressed inward from the outside of the powder containing unit so as to move toward the opening portion, the powder is delivered out from the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Keiichi Yoshida, Shunji Katoh, Hiroshi Ikeguchi
  • Publication number: 20150034677
    Abstract: A shroud cover for a dispenser comprising in a first aspect a flexible sheet disposed about an open framework. Preferably, the flexible sheet is resiliently stretchable and stretched over the frame work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: David Duncan, Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8919394
    Abstract: A sanitary guard is disclosed which is attached to the dispensing spout of an automatic toothpaste dispenser with an interference fit. Toothpaste is dispensed through the sanitary guard onto a toothbrush positioned in a slot below the guard to assure the toothpaste will be on the toothbrush bristles. The sanitary guard helps prevent the toothbrush from touching the dispensing spout for sanitary protection. In addition, the sanitary guard is made from a plastic having nanosilver compounds therein that give it germicidal properties for sanitary protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mary Marefat
  • Patent number: 8910836
    Abstract: A valve assembly for dispensing liquid from a container. A manifold includes a first channel extending downwardly from a first inlet to a first side outlet, and a second channel extending downwardly from a second inlet on the manifold to a second outlet. The first side outlet and the second inlet are located on the same horizontal plane in reference to the longitudinal axis of the manifold. An elastic membrane sheathed around the manifold extends over the first side outlet and the second inlet. External fluid pressure causes the membrane to expand under fluid flow to provide for fluid communication through the manifold. In alternate embodiments fluid pressure flowing through the first and second channels causes the elastic membrane to expand enabling fluid communication between the first side outlet and the second inlet. A sealing sleeve extends around the elastic membrane is movable from a first to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ambrosios Kambouris
  • Publication number: 20140326753
    Abstract: A multi-part sterilant system (12) comprising: a first part (4) comprising a first reagent in a carrier medium in a first container (6); a second part (8)comprising a second reagent in a carrier medium in a second container (10); wherein the first reagent and the second reagent will react to provide a sterilising composition when the first part (4) is mixed with the second part (8); a pump head (2) having a peristaltic pump member (22); the first container (6) having a first-part dispensing tube (16) extending from its interior and disposed through the pump head (2); the second container (10) having a second-part dispensing tube (18) extending from its interior and disposed through the pump head (2); wherein the peristaltic pump member (22) when actuated acts on both the first-part dispensing tube (16) and the second-part dispensing tube (18) so as simultaneously to pump substantially equal volumes of the first part (4) and the second part (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: TRISTEL PLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Turner
  • Patent number: 8870025
    Abstract: A method and a device for dispensing multiple portions of a fluid, the fluid being stored in a container comprising a port and a flexible dispensing tube having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being integrally sealed to the port and viscoelastic valve is mounted in the outlet. The method comprising a compression step and a step of terminating compression wherein the method comprises a further step implemented at the end of the compression step of releasing the pressure in the tube portion between the first tube portion and the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Balakrishna Reddy, James Tuot
  • Patent number: 8844771
    Abstract: This specification describes technologies relating to a pump for dispensing precise quantities of fluids. In some implementations, a pump includes a rotatable portion including one or more recesses configured to receive one or more corresponding roller components; and a base portion including a fluid channel including an input aperture and an output aperture, the fluid channel being configured to receive the one or more roller components, and a flexible membrane that provides a seal between the roller components and the fluid channel, wherein, the rotatable portion is rotatably coupled to the base portion such that the fluid channel includes one or more portions sealed by the flexible membrane and one or more roller components and wherein rotation of the rotatable portion causes the one or more roller components to traverse the fluid channel pushing fluid trapped within the fluid channel and the membrane in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Piranha Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: Charles A Centofante
  • Publication number: 20140284358
    Abstract: An apparatus including a fluid reservoir and a compressible metering chamber including a first end coupled to the fluid reservoir and a second end. The apparatus further including a valve coupled to the second end of the metering chamber and a nozzle coupled to the valve. A system including linearly translatable cartridge mounting assembly having a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations and a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridges mounted to respective fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations. The system further including a plurality of compression assemblies coupled to respective fluid dispensing cartridges and a receiving assembly positioned beneath the mounting assembly. A method includes positioning a fluid dispensing cartridge comprising a fluid reservoir and a metering chamber over a sample retaining member, applying a compressive force to the metering chamber to eject a predetermined amount of fluid and removing the compressive force to refill the metering chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Robert E. Evans, Wolfgang Mueller, Toshiyuki Fujimaki, Shinji Tokudaiji, Yoshitake Okabe, Yoshitada Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 8794959
    Abstract: A completely disposable cooking apparatus used for filling and decorating of foods, that is a one-piece disposable construction, comprising a one-piece, funnel-shaped bag with a soft side wall, having an open first end at the “top” or wider end of the funnel through which food material can be inserted into the bag and a closed second end at the “bottom” or narrow end of the funnel, with an integral, malleable, conical shaped, discharge orifice (also sometimes referred to as a nozzle or a tip). The orifice has serrations or ridges extending inwardly from the internal wall of the orifice, running longitudinally or parallel to the cone axis for all or a part of the length of the orifice. The orifice can either be initially closed or manufactured with a small opening or hole. The orifice is made of a material so that it is capable of being cut at any point along its longitudinal axis to yield an exit opening or hole with a desired size. Regardless of the point of cut, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Brenda Marie Grimes, Charles Wilson Grimes
  • Patent number: 8794858
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser handle for use with tubular containers, especially unit dose or single use containers, of various liquids or viscous fluids, which provides enhanced flow and locus control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: OptMed Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Dallas Kirk, III, Paul J. Mulhauser
  • Patent number: 8790110
    Abstract: A completely disposable cooking apparatus used for preparing, filling assembling and decorating of foods, that is a one-piece disposable construction, comprising an elongated bag with a soft side wall, an open first end through which food material can be inserted into the bag and a second end that is closed by a tapered discharge orifice (also sometimes referred to as a nozzle or a tip). The orifice has a first end in contact with the second end of the bag and a distal end away from the bag. The cross-sectional area of the orifice at the first end is greater than the cross-sectional area of the orifice at the distal end. The orifice is made of a material so that it is capable of being cut at any point along its longitudinal axis to yield an exit opening or hole with a desired size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Brenda M. Grimes, Charles Grimes
  • Patent number: 8789725
    Abstract: A chemical mixing device. The device includes a flow generator operative to provide at least two streams of chemicals and a mixing chamber, including at least two inlets adapted to receive the at least two streams of chemicals and an outlet through which a mixture of the streams of chemicals is ejected from the mixing device. The mixing chamber has an open state in which the chemicals are mixed and a closed state in which the volume of the mixing chamber is less than a fifth of the open state volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: P G United States Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Malik, Shalom Levin, Shlomo Nevo
  • Patent number: 8783517
    Abstract: A chemical mixing device. The device includes a flow generator operative to provide at least two streams of chemicals and a mixing chamber, including at least two inlets adapted to receive the at least two streams of chemicals and an outlet through which a mixture of the streams of chemicals is ejected from the mixing device. The mixing chamber has an open state in which the chemicals are mixed and a closed state in which the volume of the mixing chamber is less than a fifth of the open state volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: P G United States Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Malik, Shalom Levin, Shlomo Nevo
  • Patent number: 8752732
    Abstract: An apparatus including a fluid reservoir and a compressible metering chamber including a first end coupled to the fluid reservoir and a second end. The apparatus further including a valve coupled to the second end of the metering chamber and a nozzle coupled to the valve. A system including linearly translatable cartridge mounting assembly having a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations and a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridges mounted to respective fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations. The system further including a plurality of compression assemblies coupled to respective fluid dispensing cartridges and a receiving assembly positioned beneath the mounting assembly. A method includes positioning a fluid dispensing cartridge comprising a fluid reservoir and a metering chamber over a sample retaining member, applying a compressive force to the metering chamber to eject a predetermined amount of fluid and removing the compressive force to refill the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Evans, Wolfgang Mueller, Toshiyuki Fujimaki, Shinji Tokudaiji, Yoshitake Okabe, Yoshitada Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 8740019
    Abstract: An exemplary foam dispenser includes a housing, a plate located in the housing, a first dispensing wheel located proximate the plate. The first dispensing wheel has a plurality of pinch members and is rotatable about an axis. The exemplary dispenser includes a second dispensing wheel located proximate the plate. The second dispensing wheel having a plurality of pinch members and rotatable about the same axis as the first dispensing wheel. Rotation of the first dispensing wheel is configured to pinch a first flexible tube against the plate and to move a first liquid through the first tube; and rotation of the second dispensing wheel is configured to pinch a second flexible tube against the plate and to move a second liquid through the first tube. The exemplary dispenser includes a motor for rotating the first and second dispensing wheels and a motor controller for starting and stopping the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, Michael J. Gallo
  • Patent number: 8733597
    Abstract: The liquid dispenser comprises a ratchet assembly, a rotor assembly, a reservoir assembly, and a drive mechanism. The reservoir assembly includes a reservoir and a reservoir tube; and the rotor assembly includes a drive gear and at least one compression element. The ratchet assembly includes a pawl configured to engage the drive gear when the drive mechanism is actuated. Optionally, the liquid dispenser includes a venting assembly and/or a dose control assembly. The venting assembly automatically vents the reservoir when the reservoir is mounted in the liquid dispenser. The dose control assembly allows the user to control the distance the drive mechanism may be actuated and thereby control the amount of liquid that is dispensed. The liquid dispenser of the invention provides accurate control over the amount of liquid that is dispensed as well as ease in replacing the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Fitzpatrick, Bryan Scott Ritchie, Matthew Scott Kepner
  • Patent number: 8708194
    Abstract: The present invention relates a device for storing and dispensing a fluid. The device includes an elongated container, an outlet component, and a movable dispensing component. Also disclosed is a kit that includes the device and a filling attachment for refilling the device with a fluid. Also disclosed is a kit that includes a compilation of component parts comprising the elongated container, the outlet component, and the movable dispensing component of the device. The kit can further include a filament for directly or indirectly anchoring the movable dispensing component to the elongated container. The kit can also include a filling attachment comprising an attachment end and an adapter end. Also disclosed is a method for storing a fluid, a method for dispensing a fluid, and a method for storing, dispensing, and refilling a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Amanda R. Pascatore
  • Patent number: 8701942
    Abstract: A disposable dispensing system includes a collapsible container for liquid material sealingly connected to a pump. The pump includes a housing forming a chamber and a dispensing opening, wherein the pressure in the chamber may be varied for pumping liquid from the container to the chamber, and from the chamber to the dispensing opening. A regulator is fixedly arranged in the chamber for regulating flow of liquid between the container and the chamber, and between the chamber and the dispensing opening. The pump may assume a closed position, in which a volume of liquid is drawn from the container to the chamber by a negative pressure created in the chamber, and a dispensing position, in which a volume of liquid is drawn from the chamber to the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Hugo Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20140103072
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of dispensers for dispensing a liquid from a refill unit that has a container and a resilient dome pump are disclosed herein. Some embodiments include a plurality of rollers that rotate about a common axis to compress a dome pump and a holder for holding a refill unit having a container and a resilient dome pump. During operation, when a refill unit is located within the holder, rotation of the rollers about the common axis causes a roller to compress the resilient dome pump as the roller passes over the resilient dome pump to dispense liquid, and the resilient dome pump expands to its original position once the roller passes to draw in liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith A. Pelfrey
  • Publication number: 20140103073
    Abstract: A substance dispensing system comprising in combination: a disposable container filled with a portion of a substance, the container having a preformed and deformable body with a bottom, a peripheral wall adjoining said bottom and having a top end remote from said bottom, an integral circumferential rim extending outwards from the top end of the peripheral wall and defining a filling opening of said container, said disposable container being closed by a cover sheet which is sealed to the circumferential rim by means of a circumferential seal, and a dispensing apparatus comprising a compression device having a cover sheet side support member for the cover sheet side of the container as well as a bottom engaging member for engaging on the bottom of the container, said compression device being adapted to compress the container by reduction of the distance between the cover sheet side support member and the bottom engaging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: MDS GLOBAL HOLDING LTD.
    Inventors: Lucas Alphonsus Maria EVERS, Robert WILLEMSEN, Roeland Petrus Maria van OIRSCHOT, Michiel Olivier SCHÖLVINCK
  • Patent number: 8690018
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted for mounting to a surface is disclosed, and includes a bracket to which a container of material to be dispensed is connected. The bracket can have at least one arm to support the container and to which the container is releasably and rotatably connected. The container can be lifted by a user and squeezed to dispense material from the container. Alternatively, the container can be pressed by a user against the bracket to dispense the material. In some embodiments, the container is provided with a cover substantially covering a front surface of the container. The cover can be coupled to the bracket via the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Lambertus van der Heijden, Arnoud Gengler, Bekie Riley
  • Patent number: 8690019
    Abstract: A head for dispensing liquid as a drip, includes a nozzle onto which a channel for ejecting the liquid leads. Air sucked in from the outside is returned through the channel in the opposite direction. In the nozzle, on the ejection channel, the drip dispensing head of the invention includes a valve functioning as a non-return valve for the circulation of the liquid being ejected. A mobile disc of the valve is produced so as to selectively enable air to pass through the valve when the disc is bearing against the seat thereof in a position for closing the liquid ejection channel. The disc is returned to the position by negative pressure applied upstream, which tends to suck in outside air. The disc is advantageously made of a microporous material, which provides antibacterial filtering of the return air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Laboratoires Thea
    Inventors: Alain Defemme, Fabrice Mercier
  • Patent number: 8678236
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing serving portions of topping onto beverages and desserts comprises a first compartment portion and a second compartment portion hingedly connected to the first compartment portion. One of the compartment portions includes a backing surface and a bag holding member operable to releasably attach a product bag to the compartment portion adjacent the backing surface. The other compartment portion includes a squeeze member, for example a cylindrical roller, mounted for travel in upward and downward directions. The squeeze member is arranged to contact the product bag when the second compartment portion is closed relative to the first compartment portion. The dispenser also comprises an actuating lever mechanically connected to the squeeze member, for example by a one-way advancing mechanism, wherein the actuating lever is operable by a user to advance the squeeze member in the downward direction to dispense product. The dispenser facilitates cleaning and product replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah Jane Burke, Diego Viana, Christopher Tirone, Donald Fuchs, Jeffery Kalman, David Boll, Robert Soreo
  • Patent number: 8678247
    Abstract: A creamy foam beer dispensing system includes a coupler removably securable with a keg, a transportation tube, and a faucet having a handle coupled with a plunger communicating with the transportation tube. The handle is movable among a closed position, an open position, and a creamy foam position. In the closed position, the handle maintains the plunger squeezed against the transportation tube such that no beer flows from the faucet. In the open position, the handle lifts the plunger substantially, completely off the transportation tube such that beer flows smoothly from the faucet. In the creamy foam position, the handle lifts the plunger off the transportation tube a distance such that an aperture created in the transportation tube produces creamy foam flow from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Haskayne, Robert W. Shettle, Donald W. Smeller, Jarrell L. Jennings, III, Merrill R. Good
  • Publication number: 20140034681
    Abstract: This specification describes technologies relating to a pump for dispensing precise quantities of fluids. In some implementations, a pump includes a rotatable portion including one or more recesses configured to receive one or more corresponding roller components; and a base portion including a fluid channel including an input aperture and an output aperture, the fluid channel being configured to receive the one or more roller components, and a flexible membrane that provides a seal between the roller components and the fluid channel, wherein, the rotatable portion is rotatably coupled to the base portion such that the fluid channel includes one or more portions sealed by the flexible membrane and one or more roller components and wherein rotation of the rotatable portion causes the one or more roller components to traverse the fluid channel pushing fluid trapped within the fluid channel and the membrane in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Charles A. Centofante
  • Patent number: 8640926
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser including a backplate and a flexible cover fixedly secured to the backplate. A refill unit including a product reservoir and a pump is positioned within the dispenser and is carried by the backplate. The flexible cover is adapted to flex or deform when pressed by a user to actuate the pump, thereby alleviating the need for separate actuating members or pivoting of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John James McNulty, Robert L. Quinlan, David James Smith
  • Publication number: 20140027473
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for a liquid container is arranged in liquid communication with an outlet mechanism. The dispensing mechanism is adapted to translate a user force applied to a user operated portion into a transfer force applied from a user lever to an actuation part. A relationship between a first length and a second length forms a lever ratio. The first length extends from a first pivot axis to a user operated portion and the second length extends from the first pivot axis to a point of action of the transfer force on the actuation part. The lever ratio is adapted to increase from a non-actuated position over at least the first 50% of a dispensing stroke of the actuation part such that the transfer force increases over the at least first 50% of the dispensing stroke when a constant force is applied to the user operated portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Joonas JOKITALO, Marcus KULLMAN, Erik HJORT
  • Publication number: 20140021223
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for a liquid container includes a hollow flexible dispensing portion and a dispenser. The dispensing mechanism includes a first lever arranged to pivot about a first pivot axis and a second lever arranged to pivot about a second pivot axis and includes a user operated portion. The first lever includes a first sliding surface and the second lever includes a second sliding surface. The first and second sliding surfaces bear in sliding abutment against each other at an abutment point. The first and second pivot axes are substantially parallel to each other, and a first plane extends through the first and second pivot axes. In a non-actuated position of the dispensing mechanism, the user operated portion of the second lever and the abutment point are arranged on a first side of the first plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Joonas JOKITALO, Erik HJORT