Totalizer For Successive Dispenser Cycles Patents (Class 222/36)
  • Patent number: 10850966
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser and process of dispensing beverages from a beverage dispenser may include causing an ingredient in the form of a fluid to be drawn from a storage container through a conduit. An electrical conductivity of the fluid ingredient may be sensed within the conduit. A determination as to whether the electrical conductivity of the fluid ingredient crosses a threshold level may be made, and if so, the beverage dispenser may be disabled from dispensing beverages containing the fluid ingredient, otherwise, the beverage dispenser may be enabled to dispense beverages containing the fluid ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Caitlin Lahey, Joshua Allen Maust
  • Patent number: 10689242
    Abstract: A pour spout, for attaching to a bottle, has a first wireless transceiver and a valve for selectively controlling flow of a beverage from the bottle. A server interface, adapted to be carried by a person who serves beverages, has a second wireless transceiver. A control unit is provided to wirelessly communicate with the second transceiver. In one mode, the pour spout transmits a spout identifier to the server interface, which responds by transmitting the spout identifier and a server identifier to the control unit. The control unit responds with a reply transmission causing the server interface to command the pour spout to open the valve. In another mode, a person selects a cocktail, that results in the control unit sending designations of a plurality of liquor ingredients to the server interface. The server interface controls dispensing each of the plurality of liquor ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Berg Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Keating, Donald R. Lamond, Ronald F. Faust, Thomas E. Giles
  • Patent number: 10643118
    Abstract: A counter for a handheld device for dispensing a pharmaceutical substance, has a housing, at least one counter wheel which has readable characters, and a drive part which is designed to rotate the counter wheel, the counter wheel being rotatably attached to a mounting part. The mounting part of the counter is designed independently of the housing, and the drive part is directly attached to the mounting part. The counter can have at least one counter wheel which has readable characters and a drive part which is designed to rotate the counter wheel. The counter wheel has readable characters and is designed in a cylindrical manner and with a central axis, and has a drive part which is designed to rotate the counter wheel, the counter wheel being provided with an engagement toothing via which the drive part acts on the counter wheel so as to rotate same, the drive part having a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Alfred Von Schuckmann
  • Patent number: 9707360
    Abstract: A source of gaseous, gas borne or droplet substance having: an inner pressurized container (1), a substance-release valve (2) device sealed across an end of the container (1), a spout (4) displaceable inwards of the container (1) against a spring of the valve (2) device for substance release; the source also includes: an outer enclosure enclosing the inner container along its length (12), at least partially its end (14) remote from the spout (4) and partially at its spout end (19), the outer enclosure and the inner container (1) being arranged to react force for displacement of the spout (4) on substance release; a counter (20) accommodated within the outer enclosure for counting substance release displacements of the spout (4); and a window (22) in the outer enclosure for viewing the count of the counter (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CLINICAL DESIGNS LIMITED
    Inventor: Raymond Bacon
  • Patent number: 9493267
    Abstract: Embodiments of an illuminated liquid container are disclosed herein. The illuminated liquid container can include a light source that, when activated, emits light, and a switch that activates the light source. Some embodiments of the illuminated liquid container include a bottle for holding a liquid and a cap through which the liquid can be passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Adam J. Citrin
  • Patent number: 9428374
    Abstract: An illuminating bottle pourer is provided having a pour spout structure and internal electrical components for measuring the amount of dispensed fluid therethrough using a visual counter. The device includes a gravity contact switch and an LED light source that is energized based on a periodic timer circuit and a pulse generator circuit. The gravity switch is closed when the bottle is inverted for pouring, which initiates the timer circuit. The timer circuit triggers the pulse generator on a periodic basis, which energizes the light source to alert the pourer of a given quantity of fluid dispensed. The device allows individual drink makers, bartenders, and establishment owners to precisely control the amount of fluid being dispensed from a bottle, wherein a specified number of light pulses is used to indicate when to stop pouring. A battery switch is further provided to preserve battery life during shipment and between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Nick Houck, Marco LoPiccolo
  • Patent number: 9292784
    Abstract: A dose counter, the counter having a base body, with a rotary counter element assembled in the base body on a pin forming the axis of rotation. The rotary counter element co-operating with an actuator member adapted to cause the rotary counter element to turn each time the actuator member is actuated. The actuator member including a fastener for fastening to the base body (460) and arranged on a first side of the pin, and a substantially rigid support portion arranged on a second side of said pin. The support portion supporting an actuator element so that, on each actuation, the actuator element is moved in translation. The support portion is connected to the fastener via an elastically-deformable portion that surrounds the pin. The support portion is extended towards the pin by a substantially-rectilinear flexible branch that supports a lug adapted to co-operate with the counter element on each actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Erwann Le Jeune
  • Patent number: 9060918
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of an attachable mouthpiece spout for use with food packaging. One example embodiment is suited for use with a food pouch that has an internal chamber for storing food, a threaded tip having a tip opening for dispensing food, and a fluid-communication path extending between the internal chamber and the tip opening. In accordance with this embodiment, the attachable mouthpiece spout includes a tube having a first end and a second end, a consumption opening disposed on the tube proximate the first end, and a thread-receiving structure disposed proximate the second end on an interior surface of the tube. The thread-receiving structure is constructed and arranged for engaging the threaded tip of the food pouch to extend the fluid-communication path to the consumption opening. In accordance with this embodiment, the attachable mouthpiece spout also includes a flared mouth guard extending from and around the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Buon Bambini LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Tomassini
  • Patent number: 9027547
    Abstract: A nebulizer which is a metered dose inhaler for use in administering medicaments with an associated does counter, which can, by way of a guide track or inclined plane and an associated guide element, cause an axial movement occurring on actuation of the nebulizer to be partly converted into a rotary movement for driving a counting ring, which can count both complete and incomplete actuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Hochrainer
  • Patent number: 8973784
    Abstract: A system of medicament dispensers includes a plurality of dispenser housings each having a unique first indicia and a plurality of containers each having a unique second indicia. The unique second indicia of each of the containers corresponds to one of the unique first indicia of a corresponding one of the dispenser housings. Methods for associating various containers and dispensers is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Winston Lu, Robert Morton, Joaquim Balles
  • Patent number: 8961781
    Abstract: A filter status module for use with a container based filtration device includes a dispensing sensor and a user interface communicatively coupled to a processing unit. The processing unit counts a number of dispensing events, duration and/or angle of tilt signaled by the dispensing sensor and outputs a filter status on the user interface as a function of the number of dispensing events, duration and/or angle of tilt. The processing unit may further track an elapsed period of time from insertion of a new filter and output the filter status as a further function of the elapsed period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brita LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Ma, Rick T. Nishijima, John W. Jamieson, Edward M. Buckley, Teruo Hishiki, David Dycher, Ho Pun Chung
  • Patent number: 8944285
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes an indicator housing having an interior and an opening communicating with the interior. A first actuator is disposed within the interior and includes a resilient arm member defining a pawl portion. The first actuator is reciprocally moveable between an actuated position and an at-rest position. A spring is disposed in the indicator housing and biases the first actuator towards the at-rest position. A ratchet gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing, and is rotatable in response to the movement of the first actuator between the actuated and at-rest positions. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the ratchet gear. A second actuator is shaped to be received through the opening in the indicator housing. The second actuator and indicator housing are moveable relative to each other between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150021357
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising a body (1), a fluid reservoir (2), a dispenser member, such as a pump or a valve, mounted on said reservoir (2), and a dose indicator device for indicating the number of doses of fluid that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from said reservoir, the dispenser being characterized in that said dose indicator device includes a first safety system for actuating the dose indicator device once the dispenser has performed a predetermined incomplete actuation stroke, even if the dispenser does not perform the complete actuation stroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Fabien POULARD
  • Patent number: 8936177
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising a body (1), a fluid reservoir (2), a dispenser member, such as a pump or a valve, mounted on said reservoir (2), and a dose indicator device for indicating the number of doses of fluid that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from said reservoir, the dispenser being characterized in that said dose indicator device includes a first safety system for actuating the dose indicator device once the dispenser has performed a predetermined incomplete actuation stroke, even if the dispenser does not perform the complete actuation stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Fabien Poulard
  • Patent number: 8905265
    Abstract: A hybrid dispenser incorporating structural elements providing the ability to alternatively dispense soap or other liquid from a container either by an electric motor or manually including a pivoted actuator member having cam surfaces spaced from one another on opposite sides of the pivot location, a rotatable member rotated by the motor engaging one of the cam surfaces, and a manually operable member engaging the other cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Todd Jeffrey Muderlak, Roland E. C. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20140346198
    Abstract: This invention relates to a liquid pour metering device (21, 51, 81, 101) as well as a system (111) and method of monitoring dispensing of liquid from a liquid container (113). The device (21, 51) comprises a body defining a liquid passageway (7) having an inlet (9) at one end and an outlet (11) at the other end, the liquid passageway having a mechanical portion controller (1) therein comprising a ball bearing (13) moveable along at least portion of the length of the liquid passageway. There is provided a motion sensor (23) to detect when a pour operation has commenced and a ball bearing sensor (25) operable to detect the end of the pour operation. There is further provided a timer (29) and a transmitter (31) for transmitting data relating to the length of time required to perform the pour operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Precisionflo Limited
    Inventor: Shane Bond
  • Patent number: 8857666
    Abstract: A wine dispensing system comprises a cabinet with refrigerated compartments for maintaining bulk wine in boxes and dispenses any one of a number of wine varieties upon pressing an appropriate button. Check valves in the system prevent air from spoiling unused wine, and a computer measures each pour, updates inventory, and accepts demographic information to assist in marketing and sales promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Edward L. O'Keefe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8740014
    Abstract: A dose counter for use with an inhaler comprising a container for medicament equipped with a reciprocal actuation means to dispense a dose of medicament therefrom, the dose counter comprising: a fixed ratchet member, a trigger member constructed and arranged to undergo reciprocal movement coordinated with the reciprocal movement between the actuation means and the container, said reciprocal movement comprising an outward stroke and a return stroke, a counter member constructed and arranged to undergo a predetermined counting movement each time a dose is dispensed, the counter member being biased towards the ratchet and trigger members and being capable of counting motion in a direction generally orthogonal to the direction of reciprocal movement of the trigger member, the counter member comprising: a first region for interaction with the trigger member which comprises at least one inclined surface which is engaged by the trigger member during its outward stroke causing the counter member to undergo counting m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Graham R. Purkins, Lee A. Kristensen, Sarah Jones, David J. Greenleaf
  • Patent number: 8739790
    Abstract: An electronic display device (20) including a display member (21). The display member (21) is permanent so that no energy is required to keep the display unchanged. The display device (20) operates without a battery, the energy required to change the display being created by interaction between two elements, such as by friction or by an impact, thereby creating an electric pulse that is processed by an electronic circuit (25) before being applied to the display member (21) in order to change its display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Pascal Bruna
  • Publication number: 20140124531
    Abstract: A hybrid dispenser incorporating structural elements providing the ability to alternatively dispense soap or other liquid from a container either by an electric motor or manually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventor: Dispensing Dynamics International
  • Patent number: 8702977
    Abstract: A water distribution system configured for control by a remote control system is disclosed comprising of a water filtration unit for filtering water and a water storage unit for storing the filtered water and including a water dispenser. A control unit is provided that is configured to control the operation of the water filtration unit and includes a sensor system to measure the quality and the quantity of the water filtered, and to monitor the functioning of one or more components of the water filtration unit. A point of sale device is also provided comprising of a service management device mounted on the water dispenser and is configured to control the operation of the water dispenser and a user interface to receive user inputs and is configured to process user payments for the dispensing of water at the remote control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Piramal Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Anand Shah, Naman Shah, Sameer Kalwani
  • Patent number: 8689785
    Abstract: The present invention provides dispensing apparatus for delivering metered doses of product from a pressurized dispensing container comprising: a housing for receiving a pressurized dispensing container; a dose counting mechanism comprising indication means for displaying to a user an indication associated with the number or quantity of doses dispensed from, or the number or quantity of doses remaining in, the received pressurized dispensing container; the dose counting mechanism further comprising an indexing mechanism for advancing the indication means on actuation of the received pressurized dispensing container; wherein the dispensing apparatus comprises an indexing member capable of moving within the housing in sync with the received pressurized dispensing container; wherein on actuation of the received pressurized dispensing container in a normal mode of operation the indexing member is able to interface with the indexing mechanism to apply a force to the indexing mechanism sufficient to incrementally a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Consort Medical PLC
    Inventors: Andrew Wright, Martin Swain, William Southby, Richard Warby
  • Patent number: 8621879
    Abstract: A method of charging or recharging an air conditioning wherein an initial amount of refrigerant is introduced, followed by additional introductions of refrigerant during injection pulses. The pulse periods are adjusted dynamically during the charging/recharging process based on feedback obtained after each pulse related to how much refrigerant was transferred during the previous pulse. Also, a system for implementing the above-mentioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: William Brown, Mark McMasters
  • Patent number: 8596495
    Abstract: A dose counter (100) for counting the number of doses of fluid or powder that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from a fluid dispenser device (200), said counter including a first rotary counter element forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element forming a tens wheel, said first and second counter elements co-operating with each other to define and to display, in a viewing window (151), said number of doses, said first counter element co-operating with an actuator member that is adapted to cause said first counter element to turn each time said actuator member is actuated, said counter including a base body that incorporates a pivot pin for said first and second counter elements and an opening, said counter possibly being pre-assembled in said base body so as to form a pre-assembled counter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Antoine Laut
  • Patent number: 8573442
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for controlling and reconciling a liquid inventory, such as a volume of liquid dispensed from a container. The device secures a pour spout for dispensing a predetermined amount of liquid to a container opening, such that the spout may not be removed without detection. The device includes a counting mechanism to count and indicate the total number of pours from the container for use in sales and inventory reconciliation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Pera Odishoo
  • Patent number: 8561839
    Abstract: A machine for making and dispensing iced food products such as granitas, sorbets or slush drinks and the like includes a tank for containing and processing the product to be dispensed. A dispensing tap is mounted near the bottom of the tank and a power-driven stirring mechanism and an evaporator of a cooling circuit are both located inside the tank. A counter for counting an amount of product dispensed includes a unit for measuring the amount of product dispensed and a unit for enabling measurement. The measurement enabling unit includes a temperature sensor located at the dispensing tap, along the product dispensing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ali S.p.A.—Divisione GBG
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 8528790
    Abstract: A dispensing system is presented for providing power generation from the actuation that occurs to provide product. The dispensing mechanism includes a plunger and magnet. The magnet is secured to the dispensing mechanism so that it moves with the plunger. Surrounding the dispensing mechanism is a housing that includes a coil. The coil is positioned such that as the pump is actuated, the magnet moves relative to the coil, generating power to the coil. The generated power that is produced can be applied to electronic devices that include, but are not limited to, light-emitting diodes and controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Jackson W. Wegelin
  • Patent number: 8528782
    Abstract: A grease gun includes a housing, a motor positioned within the housing, a pump assembly coupled to and driven by the motor, and a chamber supported by the housing in fluid communication with the pump assembly. The chamber is configured to store a liquid. The grease gun also includes an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and a measurement system operable to measure an amount of liquid being dispensed through the outlet. The measurement system monitors a change in current of the motor over a cycle of the pump assembly, compares the change in current to a predetermined value, and, if the change in current is greater than the predetermined value, increases a pump cycle counter to indicate that liquid was dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mergener, Jonathan A. Zick, Scott D. Eisenhardt, Troy C. Thorson, Brandon L. Verbrugge
  • Patent number: 8505773
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes a dispenser housing having a support block defining a longitudinal axis and an indicator housing disposed at least partially around the support block. An actuator includes a central, cylindrical hub portion adapted to be engaged by the container and centered about the longitudinal axis. The actuator is moveable along the longitudinal axis relative to the indicator housing and includes a resilient arm. A drive gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to successive engagements by the resilient arm. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the drive gear. The indicator includes dosage indicia. A dispensing system and indicating device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8459253
    Abstract: A dose counting device for use with a medicinal metered dose dispensing device, the device including an actuator having at least one finger that is designed for reciprocal movement comprising an outward stroke and a return stroke, an annular member having a helical thread segment formed about a circumferential arc on a part of its surface, and a drive nut positioned around a radial cross-section of the annular member and having an internal helical rib engaged with said helical thread segment on the annular member whereby rotation of the drive nut about the circumferential arc of the annular member results in rotational movement of the annular member, the outer surface of the drive nut comprising one or more driving surfaces for engagement by said at least one finger on the actuator during said reciprocal movement to cause rotation of the drive nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Stephen J. Howgill
  • Patent number: 8430271
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device comprising: a reservoir (1) of fluid to be dispensed; a dispenser member (2), such as a pump or a valve, mounted on said reservoir (1); and a body (3) that is suitable for receiving said reservoir (1), said body (3) being provided with a dispenser orifice and with an opening (310) via which said reservoir (1) can be inserted into the body (3), said reservoir (1) being displaceable between a working position, in which said dispenser member (2) co-operates with said body (3) between a rest position and a dispensing position, and a withdrawn position in which said dispenser member (2) does not co-operate with said body (3), said reservoir (1) being secured to said body (3) in all positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Fabien Poulard
  • Patent number: 8424719
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser provides numerous inventive features in its refrigeration system, diluent delivery system, concentrate delivery system, mixing and dispensing system, and control system. The refrigeration system employs a plate heat exchanger to provide on demand refrigeration of an intermittent water flow. The diluent delivery system includes a flowmeter/solenoid/check-valve assembly. The concentrate delivery system employs a positive displacement pump. The mixing and dispensing system includes a mixing nozzle that has a locking feature such that an elevated blocking surface directly faces the inlet of pressurized diluent to create turbulence. The control system receives package-specific information from a scanner and diluent flow rate information from the flowmeter, and then determines the pump speed in order to set a desired mix ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush
  • Patent number: 8413844
    Abstract: A fluid container for dispensing a first fluid and a consumable additive. The fluid container includes a first chamber for containing a first fluid and an additive dispensing system. The first chamber is configured such that the first fluid may be dispensed from the first chamber. The additive dispensing system selectively operable to dispense an amount of additive and is not in fluid communication with the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Pur Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Alan Arett, Norman Scott Broyles, Dimitris Ioannis Collias, William Joseph Cruzen, David James Emmons, John Andrew McDaniel
  • Patent number: 8408208
    Abstract: The dispenser has a body (1), with a mouthpiece cover (2). Opening of the cover urges a junction member (3) towards a source (4) of a medicament to be released as a dose by pressing a spout (5) of the source inwards of the source. The source is supported by a cap (11) clipped to the end of a source-enclosing barrel (12) with intern al splines (10). The barrel is welded (15) to the main to part (16) of the body at a position determined by the extension of the source towards the distal end (17) of the barrel when the cover is open, the welding position being determined by a plug (18) simulating the cap and its bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Clinical Designs Limited
    Inventor: Raymond John Bacon
  • Patent number: 8348095
    Abstract: A dose counter for a fluid dispenser device, said counter including a first rotary counter element (410) forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element (420) forming a tens wheel, said first counter element (410) co-operating with an actuator member (430) that is adapted to cause said first counter element (410) to turn each time said actuator member (430) is actuated, said first rotary counter element (410) including means (418, 419) that are adapted to cause said second counter element (420) to turn on every tenth actuation of said actuator member (430), said actuator member (430) including an opening that is mounted in rotary manner on said pivot pin (461), a substantially rigid and substantially rectilinear tab (431) extending radially from said opening, said tab (431) co-operating with the first counter element (410) on each actuation, said tab (431) being extended on the other side of said pivot pin by a substantially rigid and substantially rectilinear portion, that is itself connected to a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Antoine Laut, Lila Graine
  • Patent number: 8342362
    Abstract: A dose counter for counting the number of doses of fluid or powder that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from a fluid dispenser device, said counter including a first rotary counter element (110) forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element (120) forming a tens wheel, said first and second counter elements co-operating with each other to define and to display, in a viewing window, said number of doses, said first counter element co-operating with an actuator member (130) that is adapted to cause said first counter element to turn each time said actuator member is actuated, said counter including an intermediate rotary element (140) that is adapted to cause said second counter element to turn on every tenth actuation of said actuator member, said first and second counter elements turning about a common first pivot pin (161), and said intermediate element turning about a second pivot pin (162) that is offset and parallel to said first pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Antoine Laut
  • Publication number: 20120318788
    Abstract: Improvements in a nestable sports bottle are disclosed to allow a person to keep track and consume eight ounces of water eight times a day. Accounting for the eight bottles is made with an adjustable indicator ring that is located on the bottle to identify how many times the bottle has been filled and consumed. The bottle is separable in two portions to improve the ability to clean the interior of the bottle and where the separable sections can nest inside, and be secure to one another for reduced storage space. The bottle has a closure to open and close the bottle with one hand using their mouth. The bottle has a tether loop to retain the housing(s) and prevents accidental dropping, loss or to carry the bottle with one finger. The cap can be removed to fill the bottle through the opening created by the removed cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: MICHAEL AUSTIN
  • Publication number: 20120238963
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes a dispenser housing having a support block defining a longitudinal axis and an indicator housing disposed at least partially around the support block. An actuator includes a central, cylindrical hub portion adapted to be engaged by the container and centered about the longitudinal axis. The actuator is moveable along the longitudinal axis relative to the indicator housing and includes a resilient arm. A drive gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to successive engagements by the resilient arm. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the drive gear. The indicator includes dosage indicia. A dispensing system and indicating device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8215523
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus including a product dispenser in which product is dispensed by manual movement of an activation mechanism as, for example, by moving a lever with a person's hand, arm or foot. The dispensing apparatus includes an electrical generator for generating electrical energy as a result of the manual movement of the activation mechanism, preferably by electromagnetic induction or electrochemistry. The electrical energy from the generator is utilized in the dispensing apparatus to power a data communication unit for receiving information about the product dispenser and transmitting the information to a receiver, preferably but not necessarily wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8201707
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus including a product dispenser in which product is dispensed by manual movement of an activation mechanism as, for example, by moving a lever with a person's hand, arm or foot. The dispensing apparatus includes an electrical generator for generating electrical energy as a result of the manual movement of the activation mechanism, preferably by electromagnetic induction, electrochemistry or piezoelectricity. The electrical energy from the generator may be utilized in the dispensing apparatus to power a data communication unit for receiving information about the product dispenser and transmitting the information to a receiver, preferably but not necessarily wirelessly. The relative amounts of electrical energy generated may be used to estimate the amount of fluid dispensed and the extent to which a fluid reservoir is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8181591
    Abstract: An indicating device includes a first housing component adapted to be mounted to a container and a second housing component moveably connected to the first housing component. The second housing component is moveable relative to the first housing component along an axial path. The second housing component includes an exposed actuation surface having a substantially convex domed shape. The exposed actuation surface of the second housing component can include a lubricant. A method of actuating an indicating device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Noel Gulka, Greg Lawrence, Michael Nuttall
  • Patent number: 8157128
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing metered dosages of a substance from a container includes a dispenser housing having a top, a bottom, and a wall defining an elongated cavity open at the top and extending along a longitudinal axis. An indicating device includes a face member defining a viewing window. The face member is snap-fitted to the dispenser housing wall. The indicating device further includes an indicator member having a surface visible through the viewing window. The surface includes dosage indicia. The indicator member is rotatable about an axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. An indicator actuator has at least a portion disposed in the cavity. The actuator is adapted to be moved by an actuation of the container, with the actuator adapted to rotate the indicator member upon a predetermined number of actuations of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120018447
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing metered dosages of a substance from a container includes a dispenser housing having a top, a bottom, and a wall defining an elongated cavity open at the top and extending along a longitudinal axis. An indicating device includes a face member defining a viewing window. The face member is snap-fitted to the dispenser housing wall. The indicating device further includes an indicator member having a surface visible through the viewing window. The surface includes dosage indicia. The indicator member is rotatable about an axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. An indicator actuator has at least a portion disposed in the cavity. The actuator is adapted to be moved by an actuation of the container, with the actuator adapted to rotate the indicator member upon a predetermined number of actuations of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: RICHARD BLACKER, DANIEL K. ENGELBRETH, JAMES N. SCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20120012612
    Abstract: A dose counter for a fluid dispenser device, said counter including a first rotary counter element (410) forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element (420) forming a tens wheel, said first counter element (410) co-operating with an actuator member (430) that is adapted to cause said first counter element (410) to turn each time said actuator member (430) is actuated, said first rotary counter element (410) including means (418, 419) that are adapted to cause said second counter element (420) to turn on every tenth actuation of said actuator member (430), said actuator member (430) including an opening that is mounted in rotary manner on said pivot pin (461), a substantially rigid and substantially rectilinear tab (431) extending radially from said opening, said tab (431) co-operating with the first counter element (410) on each actuation, said tab (431) being extended on the other side of said pivot pin by a substantially rigid and substantially rectilinear portion, that is itself connected to a
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventors: Antoine Laut, Lila Graine
  • Publication number: 20120012106
    Abstract: The invention is for a waterproof Inhaler Usage Indicator with or without a replaceable battery (6), to provide a count of the amount of drug remaining inside the canister (4) with the counter (1) still attached to the canister (4). It is not limited to inhalers alone, but any type of canister (4) that dispenses through a nozzle (24) when placed inside an housing (2) in order to count the number of displacements between the canister (4) and housing (2). The status of the drug can be checked at any time by a quick movement of the inhaler in any axis to allow the motion sensor (40, 41) to initiate the display of the amount of remaining drug uses. The counter assembly (1) is attached to the top of the canister (4) and uses the displacement between the canister (4) and housing (2) to count the number of uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Naseem Bari
  • Patent number: 8082873
    Abstract: An indicating device includes a drive member and a driven member. The driven member is non-rotatably immobilized by the successive engagement of a convex surface on the drive member with a plurality of concave surfaces on the driven member. The driven member further includes a plurality of protrusions that are successively received in a recess of the drive member as an engagement member engages the driven member and rotates the driven member. The driven member has dispensing indicia. In another aspect, an indicating device includes an indicator member having dispensing indicia. A stop member is selectively engaged with successive ones of a plurality of stop surfaces on the indicator member such that the indicator member is non-rotatable. Methods for indicating the amount of substance that have been dispensed from or remain in a container are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventor: Michael Nuttall
  • Patent number: 8079362
    Abstract: A method for displaying dosage indicia includes engaging a dispenser housing with a container in an engaged position, moving the container relative to the dispenser housing along a longitudinal axis while the container and the dispenser housing are in the engaged position, moving a valve between a closed position and an open position in response to moving the container relative to the dispenser housing and thereby dispensing metered dosages of substance when the valve is moved to the open position, moving the container relative to the dispenser housing to a disengaged position, moving an indicating portion with the container as the container is moved relative to the dispenser housing between the engaged and disengaged positions, and moving the indicator member relative to the container along the longitudinal axis while the container is in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Winston Z. Lu, Robert W. Morton
  • Publication number: 20110283997
    Abstract: A manually operated metered dose inhaler includes a dose counter chamber including a dose display tape driven by a ratchet wheel which is driven in turn by an actuator pawl actuated by movement of a canister, the tape unwinding from a stock bobbin during use of the inhaler, a rotation regulator being provided for the stock bobbin and including a wavelike engagement surface with concavities which engage against control elements in the form of protrusions on resilient forks of a split pin thereby permitting incremental unwinding of the stock bobbin yet resisting excessive rotation if the inhaler is dropped onto a hard surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicants: IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS IRELAND (a trading name of IVAX International B.V.), TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS IRELAND (a trading name of IVAX International B.V.), NORTON WATERFORD (a trading name of IVAX International B.V.)
    Inventors: Declan Walsh, Derek Fenlon, Simon Kaar, Jan Geert Hazenberg, Dan Buck, Paul Clancy, Robert Charles Uschold, Jeffrey A. Karg
  • Publication number: 20110266306
    Abstract: A dose counter (100) for counting the number of doses of fluid or powder that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from a fluid dispenser device (200), said counter including a first rotary counter element forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element forming a tens wheel, said first and second counter elements co-operating with each other to define and to display, in a viewing window (151), said number of doses, said first counter element co-operating with an actuator member that is adapted to cause said first counter element to turn each time said actuator member is actuated, said counter including a base body that incorporates a pivot pin for said first and second counter elements and an opening, said counter possibly being pre-assembled in said base body so as to form a pre-assembled counter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Antoine Laut
  • Publication number: 20110266305
    Abstract: A dose counter for counting the number of doses of fluid or powder that have been dispensed or that remain to be dispensed from a fluid dispenser device, said counter including a first rotary counter element (110) forming a units wheel, and a second rotary counter element (120) forming a tens wheel, said first and second counter elements co-operating with each other to define and to display, in a viewing window, said number of doses, said first counter element co-operating with an actuator member (130) that is adapted to cause said first counter element to turn each time said actuator member is actuated, said counter including an intermediate rotary element (140) that is adapted to cause said second counter element to turn on every tenth actuation of said actuator member, said first and second counter elements turning about a common first pivot pin (161), and said intermediate element turning about a second pivot pin (162) that is offset and parallel to said first pivot pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Antoine Laut