Axial Inlet And Outlet Patents (Class 222/370)
  • Patent number: 10820487
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an applicator having an agricultural product conveying system which transfers particulate material from one or more source containers to application equipment on demand, and meters the material at the application equipment. The conveying system includes an inline metering system including a number of metering devices associated with each compartment of a particulate material tank on the applicator to meter the particulate material disposed within each compartment. The individual metering devices include gates to initially enable the particulate material from a compartment to enter the metering device, and a rotary metering shaft to meter the flow of the particulate material into the conduits while limiting the passage of pressurized air through the metering device and into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Joel Denis, Rex L. Ruppert, Guillaume C. Boily
  • Patent number: 10813274
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an applicator having an agricultural product conveying system which transfers particulate material from one or more source containers to application equipment on demand, and meters the material at the application equipment. The conveying system includes an inline metering system including a number of metering devices associated with each compartment of a particulate material tank on the applicator to meter the particulate material disposed within each compartment. The individual metering devices include gates to initially enable the particulate material from a compartment to enter the metering device, and a rotary metering shaft to meter the flow of the particulate material into the conduits while limiting the passage of pressurized air through the metering device and into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Joel Denis, Rex L. Ruppert, Guillaume C. Boily
  • Patent number: 10203235
    Abstract: A device for measuring and dispensing predetermined volumes of dry powdered or dry granular materials, and methods for using the device are disclosed. The device comprises: a rotatable cap, a rotatable measuring cylinder, a rotatable cylindrical fill ring; and a base cylinder, such that the rotatable cap, the rotatable measuring cylinder, the rotatable cylindrical fill ring; and the base cylinder are mechanically or physically attached or joined, while preserving their operational, rotatable, releasable, or stationary functionality. A rotatable leaf partition and a blocker form a measuring volume between them within a predetermined volume from ¼ teaspoon (tsp.), ½ tsp, 1 tsp, or 1 tablespoon (tbsp.). A minimum measuring volume may be formed in a hollow cylindrical measuring compartment by creating a cavity that provides reproducible measurement of the granules or powders within +/?10% by volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Betty A. Gottfried
  • Patent number: 10068273
    Abstract: One variation of a method for personalizing food orders includes: from a patron, receiving a taste feedback for a first food item in a first food order submitted previously by the patron; predicting an absolute food preference of the patron from the first food order; predicting a relative taste preference of the patron based on the taste feedback and a recipe of the first food item; generating a taste profile of the patron based on the absolute food preference and the relative taste preference; from the patron, receiving a selection for a second food item in a new food order, the second food item different than the first food item; applying the taste profile of the patron to a recipe for the second food item to generate a personalized recipe; and submitting the personalized recipe with the new food order to a robotic food assembly apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Frehn, John Lawrence McDonald, Alexandros Vardakostas, Harry Shapiro Hawk
  • Patent number: 9833688
    Abstract: A line marking apparatus comprises a body (21) mounted so as to be mobile, a line marking head (29) movable relative to the body, and means (35, 37, 41, 43) for determining the distance travelled by the apparatus from a determined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FLEET US LLC
    Inventor: Iain Peter McGuffie
  • Patent number: 9185997
    Abstract: A container dispenser includes structure to support a nested stack of containers. The dispenser includes a crossbar at the lower end of the structure and a pair of spaced apart upright posts to which a retention wire clip may be removably mounted. The wire clip is designed to engage the exterior side wall or lip of the outermost cup of the nested stack, and in effect, hold the outermost container against the cross bar. This not only keeps the outermost container from falling away from the dispenser but also retains the nested stack in the dispenser. The retention wire clip is preferably formed of spring steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Woods, Bernie Ziebart, Erik Feuerstein
  • Patent number: 8985931
    Abstract: A rotating drum with elevated discharge chute to lower the height requirement of a stacked seed treatment system. The height requirement of stacked seed treatment systems can be lowered by elevated the discharge point of the treated seed without requiring additional expense transfer components. The elevated discharge drum incorporates a series of lifting flights at the discharge end of the drum. These flights elevate the seed onto a discharge chute, which facilitates transfer to the discharge conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: KSi Conveyors, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry N Kaeb, Todd William Kaeb, Paul Arthur Kaeb
  • Patent number: 8915406
    Abstract: The invention concerns a dosing unit for a powder dispenser comprising two dosing chambers (2,3) each chamber comprising: one upstream inlet (21, 31) and one downstream outlet (22, 32), an upstream means (23, 33) for opening and closing the inlet, a downstream means (24, 34) for opening and closing the outlet, the upstream means (23, 33) closing the inlet (21, 31) when the downstream means (24, 34) opens the outlet (22, 32) and reciprocally, wherein the upstream means (23) of the first chamber closes the first chamber (2) when the upstream means (33) of the second chamber opens the second chamber (3) and reciprocally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ruguo Hu, Rong Chen, Smith Yang
  • Publication number: 20140339268
    Abstract: A closure for dispensing a metered amount of dry product from a container includes a dispensing cap and a metering drum rotatably mounted on the dispensing cap. The dispensing cap has an upper deck with a dispensing aperture and a skirt engaging the neck of the container. The metering drum has an upper deck, a lower deck, and a metering chamber therebetween. The metering chamber has an entrance aperture in the lower deck and an exit aperture in the upper deck. The metering drum is rotatable relative to the dispensing cap between a filling position, where the metering chamber is aligned with the dispensing aperture and dry product fills the chamber, and a dispensing position where the metering chamber is not aligned with the dispensing aperture and dry product can be dispensed. The dispensing cap and the metering drum include formations to index a position of the metering drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Tarozzi, Clifford Skillin, Patrick Brannon
  • Patent number: 8833614
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird, Shirley A. Webb
  • Publication number: 20140166439
    Abstract: A metering device for metering granular product into a pressurized conduit of a pneumatic conveyor has a tubular housing oriented vertically. Intake and discharge openings are defined in opposite housing walls with blank walls between the openings. Upper and lower hubs are rotatably mounted and sealed in ends of the housing above and below the intake and discharge openings. An upper surface of the lower hub slopes downward toward an outer edge thereof. The upper and lower hubs are fastened to a drive shaft extending along the housing axis and a meter drive rotates the drive shaft at a selected rotational speed. Each of a plurality of flexible blades extends between the upper and lower hubs and has an outer edge wiping the inner wall surface of the housing such that a sealed blade chamber is formed between adjacent blades and one of the blank walls as the hubs rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Dale Hughes
  • Patent number: 8714414
    Abstract: An ice-containing member having a plurality of interior chambers separated by substantially radially-extending chamber walls. A base is disposed below the ice-containing member and includes an ice-dispensing aperture. A lid is adjacent to the ice-containing member and operable between a first position. The lid is in abutting contact with the ice-containing member and a second position. The lid is spaced a predetermined distance from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bill J. Koons, David J. Olberding
  • Patent number: 8584901
    Abstract: A powder dispensing apparatus for dispensing a powder either with or without a liquid is presented. The apparatus includes a base, a dispenser, and a tower. The base is adapted for receiving a container. The dispenser includes a rotatable carriage contacting a support element with an opening. The carriage includes a plurality of compartments horizontally disposed above an optional funnel and rotatable about a central axis. A hopper is disposed above the carriage and communicates with less than all compartments. Each compartment is capable of separately dispensing a powder from the hopper through the opening into the funnel and thereafter into the container resting on the base. The tower is disposed between and attached at opposing ends to the base and the dispenser. The apparatus is useful, for example, in preparing baby formula and other food for infants, as well as in preparing food and drink for children and adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Product Spring, LLC, Taylored Concepts, LLC, Hartdesign! Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Dooley, Loren Taylor, Mark E. Hartelius
  • Publication number: 20130233894
    Abstract: A tablet cassette of tablet medicine packing apparatus is disclosed. The tablet cassette includes a tablet outlet opened such that tablets contained inside thereof to be discharged, a drum opening and closing the tablet outlet selectively, a lever controlling movement of the drum when the cartridge is separated from the cartridge installation unit, wherein the lever includes a drum contacting unit to be pressed elastically in the direction of contacting with the drum, while the drum contacting unit is separated from the drum when the cartridge is mounted on the cartridge installation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicants: Aliarx, Cretem Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 8517228
    Abstract: A cap is attached to a container using a device with first and second disks mounted on opposite ends of a shaft, each disk having an opening. A cover cup is rotatably mounted on the shaft. When the container is inverted, rotation of the cover cup to a first position provokes alignment of the opening of an interior wall of the cover cup with the opening of the first disk, permitting material to flow from the container to the interior of the cover cup, and a subsequent rotation of the cover cup to a second position aligns the opening of the second disk with the opening of an end wall of the cover cup, to permit dispensing the material from the cover cup to a place of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Arch Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Luiz Attie, Marcus Vinicius Gasparotto
  • Publication number: 20130098945
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container. A rotor and a movable member rotate in conjunction with a cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The rotor, the movable member, and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Publication number: 20130087582
    Abstract: An ice portion control module is provided that includes an ice bin for storing ice having a base in the ice bin having one or more portion control compartments and one or more magnets associated with the one or more portion control compartments, the one or more portion control compartments having an interior volume to hold a predetermined portion of the ice, an actuator which moves the one or more portion control compartments between a fill position wherein the one or more portion control compartments holds the ice, and a dispense position wherein the predetermined portion of the ice is dispensed out of the one or more portion control compartments, and a sensor outside of the ice bin that detects the one or more magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: THE DELFIELD COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: THE DELFIELD COMPANY, LLC
  • Patent number: 8403188
    Abstract: A dosing device for powder has an inlet and an outlet for powder. A dosing disc rotatable from inlet to outlet has a dosing area of sintered material, which is provided with cavities for the volumetric dosing of the powder. A dosing body having open dosing cavities is provided which is movable from the inlet and outlet. By changing the speed of rotation of the dosing disc the quantity of powder to be discharged can be set in a wide range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Platsch GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans G. Platsch
  • Patent number: 8276790
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container. A rotor and a movable member rotate in conjunction with a cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The rotor, the movable member, and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Patent number: 8261951
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, Christopher J. Webb, Shirley A. Webb, legal representative, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Publication number: 20120000929
    Abstract: Packaging for a powdered beverage includes a container of powdered beverage, and a dispenser secured to the container. The dispenser includes an outer dispensing member having an exit opening, and an inner dispensing member in opposed relationship with the outer dispensing member and in part defining an interior space of the container. The inner dispensing member has at least one dispensing opening. At least one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member is moveable relative to the other one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member between a blocked position and a dispensing position of the dispenser in which the at least one opening of the inner dispensing member is at least in part aligned with the exit opening of the outer member to permit powdered beverage to be dispensed from the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: David Carl Ulstad, Wilson George Zeitler, Dean Maune, Tobe Cohen, Ilan E. Moyer, Andrew Boyce, Philip Charles Walker, Allan Lee Cameron, Elizabeth M. Kneen, Gaurav Rohatgi, Jeffrey Kalman, Bill Rabbitt, Marc Vitantonio, Craig Saunders, Keith E. Antal, Chad Lagace
  • Patent number: 8047408
    Abstract: A gravity-fed, manually-operable dispenser for sugar, creamer and other particles and granules is comprised of a particulate reservoir affixed to a dispensing base by engagement tabs and slots. The tabs and slots allow the dispenser to be easily disassembled for maintenance and cleaning. The base encloses a substantially cylindrical rotating measuring/dispensing vane that has several hollow apertures into which particulates flow from the reservoir. The vane rides on a smooth, flat surface that seals or closes off the apertures. An opening in the flat surface of the dispensing base allows particulates in a full aperture to fall through and out of the base. A soft gasket over surfaces of the vane that would otherwise make direct contact with the base portion prevent the vane from becoming lodged in place by crystalline material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Edward T. Eaton, Eric W. Larson, Brian W. Mathews, Robert Long
  • Publication number: 20110220684
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container. A rotor and a movable member rotate in conjunction with a cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The rotor, the movable member, and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Patent number: 7984694
    Abstract: An animal feeder includes at least one fodder bin, a fodder mixing device, a control module, a radio frequency identification (RFID) system and an audio frequency device. The fodder bin is provided for storing and outputting fodder. The fodder mixing device is provided for controlling the output of fodder in the fodder bin. The control module is provided for controlling the operation of the animal feeder. The radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes at least one electronic tag and at least one reader. The electronic tag is tagged onto animals. The reader is installed at the control module. The audio frequency device is provided for inputting and outputting an audio frequency. The aforementioned elements constitute an animal feeder that can provide fodders to a specific animal, issue a calling audio frequency, and controlling a fixed quantity of different fodders outputted at a fixed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Claridy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuo-Eng Wu, Jyh-Ren Yan, Horng-Ji Chen
  • Patent number: 7975882
    Abstract: A dispenser of a product in powder from, composed of: a case delimiting a housing; a reservoir removably installed in the housing, the reservoir being adapted to contain the product in powder form and having a dispensing orifice; and a device for obturating the dispensing orifice. The device has a blocking member in the form of a shutter mounted to the reservoir for movement between a position for closing the dispensing orifice and a position for opening the dispensing orifice. The housing, the reservoir and the device are constructed to enable the reservoir to be installed in the housing by a vertical linear movement and to cause automatic movement of the shutter from the position for closing to the position for opening in response to the vertical linear movement of the reservoir into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: SEB S. A.
    Inventors: Gilles Morin, Séverine Miu
  • Patent number: 7959031
    Abstract: A method for a metering and dispensing device for free flowing materials includes a volume body having first and second ends, and a volumetric channel extending therethrough. The second end of the volume body is adapted for attachment to the opening of a container holding the free flowing material. The device further includes a measuring partition operatively associated with the second end of the volume body. The measuring partition includes a barrier lip portion extending therefrom into the volumetric channel, and a measuring opening selectively movable from a closed position to an open position relative to the volumetric channel, wherein the selective movement of the measuring opening simultaneously causes the barrier lip portion to vary the volume of the volumetric channel relative to the measuring opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Fredrik J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 7950550
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Publication number: 20110101033
    Abstract: An ice-containing member having a plurality of interior chambers separated by substantially radially-extending chamber walls. A base is disposed below the ice-containing member and includes an ice-dispensing aperture. A lid is adjacent to the ice-containing member and operable between a first position. The lid is in abutting contact with the ice-containing member and a second position. The lid is spaced a predetermined distance from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: BILL J. KOONS, DAVID J. OLBERDING
  • Patent number: 7891527
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding a dry particulate solid into a pressurized vessel including: a solids reservoir; a rotating metering disc below the solids reservoir; a non-rotating component adjacent to the metering disc; a surface of contact between the metering disc and the non-rotating component, wherein the surface of contact comprises a low friction material; a drive shaft, a drive motor; a pickup section; and an injection tube is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Univation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Dentler, Charles J. Whatley
  • Patent number: 7886938
    Abstract: A powder and granular material feeder constantly feeding powder and granular material with poor fluidity that is discharged to an annular passage between inner and outer tubes through a clearance between a lower end of the inner tube and a bottom plate from a fall opening, outside of the feeder, by scraping plates immediately below the fall opening. The fall opening has an arcuate configuration starting on an outer side of the outer tube to the inner tube or to an inner side of the inner tube. The scraping plates are located on a small cylinder around the center of curvature. The scraping plates and spokes rotate in opposite directions from each other at a portion of the fall opening, and the powder and granular material transferred by the spokes and inward claws into the fall opening is discharged in a direction opposite to the feeding direction and leveled by an lower edge of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Yoshikawa Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 7882992
    Abstract: A cellular wheel sluice embodied as a blow-through sluice is suitable for dosing secondary fuel, for example. The blow-through sluice includes a supply chute (2) in the top area and a cylindrical housing (1) which is disposed below the supply chute (2) and in which a cellular wheel (4) is arranged. The cellular wheel (4) includes radial webs (3), in the rotational area of which a blow-in hole (10) and an opposite blow-out hole (11) are provided on the side faces (26) of the housing. An injector nozzle (15) which blows the transport air into the rotating dosing chambers (5) so as to empty the same, is integrated into the housing in the area, of the blow-in hole (10). Thereby pressure differences result in the dosing chamber (5) that is to be emptied such that only small pressure loads act upon the metallically hard gap seals, which have a long useful life and allow only small quantities of leakage air, and which are arranged on the radial end areas of the cellular wheel webs (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Schenck Process GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Faber, Klaus Kohlmueller, Robert Weinand
  • Publication number: 20100314407
    Abstract: An ice portion control module includes an ice bin for storing ice. A base in the ice bin has one or more portion control compartments. The one or more portion control compartments has an interior volume to hold a predetermined portion of the ice. An actuator moves the one or more portion control compartments between a fill position wherein the one or more portion control compartments holds the ice, and a dispense position wherein the predetermined portion of the ice is dispensed out of the one or more portion control compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, William E. Smith, Jan Claesson
  • Publication number: 20100282781
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a flowable material in a predetermined amount includes a metering wheel member for delivery of the flowable material from a supply reservoir to a dispensing port. The apparatus includes an agitator assembly mounted within the supply reservoir to maintain and promote flow of the material to be dispensed. A motive power source is provided to effect rotation of the metering wheel member and agitator assembly within the supply reservoir. Another embodiment further provides a liquid supply system for introducing liquid for rinsing or mixing. The apparatus may be further contained within a cabinet for security and maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: KINZIE & PAYNE BIOCHEMICAL CORP.
    Inventors: Robert KINZIE, Layton J. REPROGLE, Layton T. REPROGLE, III, Stephen M. REPROGLE
  • Publication number: 20100264170
    Abstract: A quantitative powder material dispenser includes a base frame having a center coupling hole and an eccentric dispensing hole, a dispensing wheel rotatably supported on the base frame and having equiangularly spaced through holes and a bottom pivot shaft that is inserted through the center coupling hole of the base frame, a barrel fastened to the base frame around the dispensing wheel to hold a powder material and having an inside scraper blade kept in contact with the dispensing wheel above the through holes, and a driving device connected to the pivot shaft and controlled to rotate the dispensing wheel relative to the base frame for enabling the powder material to be dispensed through the dispensing hole quantitatively at a predetermined time interval subject to the speed of rotation of the dispensing wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Hui-Peng Chiu
  • Patent number: 7815072
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, Christopher J. Webb, Shirley A. Webb, legal representative, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Publication number: 20100176159
    Abstract: A powder and granular material feeder constantly feeding powder and granular material with poor fluidity that is discharged to an annular passage between inner and outer tubes through a clearance between a lower end of the inner tube and a bottom plate from a fall opening, outside of the feeder, by scraping plates immediately below the fall opening. The fall opening has an arcuate configuration starting on an outer side of the outer tube to the inner tube or to an inner side of the inner tube. The scraping plates are located on a small cylinder around the center of curvature. The scraping plates and spokes rotate in opposite directions from each other at a portion of the fall opening, and the powder and granular material transferred by the spokes and inward claws into the fall opening is discharged in a direction opposite to the feeding direction and leveled by an lower edge of the outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: YOSHIKAWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Yoshikawa
  • Publication number: 20100140301
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding a dry particulate solid into a pressurized vessel including: a solids reservoir; a rotating metering disc below the solids reservoir; a non-rotating component adjacent to the metering disc; a surface of contact between the metering disc and the non-rotating component, wherein the surface of contact comprises a low friction material; a drive shaft, a drive motor; a pickup section; and an injection tube is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: UNIVATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Dentler, Charles J. Whatley
  • Publication number: 20100012684
    Abstract: A gravity-fed, manually-operable dispenser for sugar, creamer and other particles and granules is comprised of a particulate reservoir affixed to a dispensing base by engagement tabs and slots. The tabs and slots allow the dispenser to be easily disassembled for maintenance and cleaning. The base encloses a substantially cylindrical rotating measuring/dispensing vane that has several hollow apertures into which particulates flow from the reservoir. The vane rides on a smooth, flat surface that seals or closes off the apertures. An opening in the flat surface of the dispensing base allows particulates in a full aperture to fall through and out of the base. A soft gasket over surfaces of the vane that would otherwise make direct contact with the base portion prevent the vane from becoming lodged in place by crystalline material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Edward T. Eaton, Eric W. Larson, Brian W. Mathews, Robert Long
  • Publication number: 20090145931
    Abstract: A dispenser for measuring and dispensing powder materials includes a slide housing, a slide, and an elastic element. The slide housing is provided with a powder inlet slot. The slide is provided with a measure slot. And the slide is pressed against the slide housing by the elastic element to make the slide move relative to the slide housing. The slide can move between the first position and the second position. On the first position, the measure slot of the slide is in alignment with the powder inlet slot of the slide housing and the powder is filled into the measure slot; on the second position, the measure slot moves away from the powder inlet slot of the slide housing and the powder is discharged from the measure slot. By use of the elastic element, it makes the slide press against the slide housing during moving to reduce the clearance between the slide and the slide housing, makes the slide move smoothly, and reduces the precision demand of manufacture and assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Shi Peng
  • Publication number: 20080054014
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, Christopher J. Webb, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird, Shirley A. Webb
  • Patent number: 7320415
    Abstract: Substantially cylindrical condiment containers with extendable and retractable pouring spouts are provided. A dispensing mechanism in each container can be actuated by simply rotating the lower portion of the body of the container, without the need for separate knobs or levers. The dispensing mechanism uses a stainless steel ring-shaped spring in a detent structure which properly aligns an outlet opening with a compartment from which material is to be dispensed, creates a discernable “click” to indicate proper alignment, and serves as a ratchet to prevent rotation of the mechanism in the wrong direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Robbins Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Carter W. McGuyer
  • Patent number: 7311265
    Abstract: A liquid reservoir of a hand-held, air-assisted spray apparatus is characterized by a plurality (i.e., two or more) of liquid-holding compartments. Each liquid-holding compartment is connected through an outlet port into fluid communication with the flow channel of the hand-held spraying apparatus. The liquid-holding compartments are isolated from fluid communication with each other such that a liquid introduced into one of the compartments is held apart from a liquid introduced into the other compartment. A rotatable element is associated with each liquid-holding compartment. Each rotatable element has a predetermined displacement. The rotatable elements are coupled together for rotation by a common shaft, so that, in use, the relative volumes of liquids dispensed from the respective liquid-holding compartments into the flow channel remain in a predetermined ratio regardless of the rate at which the liquids flow from their respective compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Kamlesh Kumar Bhatia
  • Patent number: 7090098
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: JohnsonDiversey, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Livingston, M. Rinley Deeds
  • Patent number: 6971554
    Abstract: This device for the controlled distribution of pulverulent products includes a feed container (1) for said product having an outlet aperture sealed by a rotor (6) provided with a plurality of transfer cavities (7, 8), each of which comprises an inlet aperture and an evacuation aperture, the paths of said inlet apertures successively passing opposite said outlet aperture in order to be filled with said product and said evacuation apertures passing successively opposite a distribution aperture (13, 14) connected to device (12) to evacuate said pulverulent product from said transfer cavities (7, 8), for emptying therein, of sealing surfaces (5a, 5b) of said inlet and evacuation apertures, disposed along said respective paths and means (M, 15) to drive said rotor (6). Said rotor comprises device to link said cavities to said rotational axis, arranged to give said cavities a degree of freedom in a substantially perpendicular direction to said sealing surfaces (5a, 5b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: EXA SA
    Inventor: Pierre Rochat
  • Patent number: 6817487
    Abstract: A dual rotor, ram fed metering pump is especially suited for pumping high viscosity fluids, such as methacrylate resins, used in heavy duty adhesives In addition to pumping viscous materials, this metering pump also pumps a less viscous reactive fluid in proper proportion to a mixing zone or mixing gun where the two material are mixed. A rotary lobe pump is used to pump the viscous material and a rotary pump driven by the same gearbox delivers the secondary fluid. This fluid delivery apparatus also includes an intake that can be mounted on a standard pressure primmer ram to pump viscous material from a storage drum or container A single compact all-in-one metering pump package can be mounted directly to the ram eliminating the need for a separate ram mounted pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Rimcraft Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Ross
  • Patent number: 6796457
    Abstract: A material feeder is provided that includes a drum having a number of compartments that receive material that is to be output by the feeder. The material can be any one of many different materials that are usually light and/or smaller in size, such as insulation, powders, grains and the like. At least a first seal is provided adjacent to the drum to close off an end of each compartment during some of its rotation. The first seal is preferably stationary during rotation of the drum and its compartments. The position of the seal relative to the drum can be adjusted to provide desired positioning between the seal and the drum. In one embodiment, the first seal is in contact with at least portions of the first end of the drum. The material is delivered to each compartment in the drum preferably using first and second fillers that are mounted adjacent to and outwardly of first and second ends of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Ark Seal, LLC
    Inventor: Henry Sperber
  • Publication number: 20030215292
    Abstract: A material feeder is provided that includes a drum having a number of compartments that receive material that is to be output by the feeder. The material can be any one of many different materials that are usually light and/or smaller in size, such as insulation, powders, grains and the like. At least a first seal is provided adjacent to the drum to close off an end of each compartment during some of its rotation. The first seal is preferably stationary during rotation of the drum and its compartments. The position of the seal relative to the drum can be adjusted to provide desired positioning between the seal and the drum. In one embodiment, the first seal is in contact with at least portions of the first end of the drum. The material is delivered to each compartment in the drum preferably using first and second fillers that are mounted adjacent to and outwardly of first and second ends of the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Henry Sperber
  • Patent number: 6612347
    Abstract: A metering and packaging device includes several cups fixed to rotate about a shaft. These cups are positioned under hopper outlets during a portion of their rotation to receive bulk material, and over passages through a bottom plate during another portion of their rotation to dump bulk material into weigh buckets. The outlets, cups and passages through the bottom plat are angularly displaced from one another such that the cups drop measured portions of bulk material in an alternating fashion into the weigh buckets, and the weigh buckets drop the portions into a packaging machine in an alternating fashion into a packaging machine which separately packages each successive and alternately dropped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Hill
  • Patent number: 6550640
    Abstract: A container top includes rotatable elements that are used to dispense matter from the container. The top includes a drum with chambers of varying volumes, and a rotatable disc on opposing ends of the drum to allow material to flow into and out of selected chambers of the drum. A spout is rotatably connected to one end of the drum with one disc connected to rotate with the spout, and a cap is rotatably connected to an opposing end of the drum. The drum and spout are rotated to control the filling of the chambers and the emptying of selected chambers. Latches extend between the parts to hold them together while allowing the rotation. Resilient rings are interposed between the drum and mating parts to allow resilient sealing of the chambers during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: William G. Smith
  • Patent number: 6491188
    Abstract: A revolver valve includes a housing with a cylindrical inner chamber, and a pair of end caps respectively attached to each end of the housing. One of the end caps includes an inlet opening and the other end cap includes an outlet opening. A cylindrical rotor body is rotatably disposed within the inner chamber of the housing. The rotor body includes a pair of end faces respectively positioned closely adjacent to the end caps, and a plurality of longitudinally extending cylinders extending between the end faces. Each cylinder is positioned generally concentrically about an axis of rotation of the rotor body, whereby the plurality of cylinders are sequentially disposed in communication with the inlet opening and the outlet opening during rotation of the rotor body within the inner chamber during use. The revolver valve is preferably used in a fiber stock preparation system in conjunction with a fiber loading apparatus having a pressurized vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Paper Technology North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Klaus Doelle