Nonrigid Follower Patents (Class 222/386.5)
  • Patent number: 11981457
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a spacecraft are provided. The spacecraft includes a main structural member that extends between end panels of the spacecraft, and that defines a first interior volume. A fuel tank is disposed within and conforms to at least a portion of the first interior volume. The fuel tank can itself include a central void that defines a second interior volume. The main structural member and the fuel tank can be cylindrical. Payload items or components of the spacecraft can be disposed within the second interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Gordon Wu, Derek Chan, Christopher Lao, Clifford Lester
  • Patent number: 11920654
    Abstract: A soft-to-hard goods connector is provided which includes an elastomeric bladder having a preform layer and an outer textile layer enclosing the preform layer. The outer textile layer has at least one skin extension layer extending beyond a periphery of the elastomeric bladder. The skin extension layer has a chord attached at a distal end with the chord being perpendicular to the skin extension layer. The connector includes a host rigid structure with a receiving component. The receiving component has a mounting track with the chord mounted in the mounting track. The receiving component permits the chord to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the chord with a limited range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Paul V Cavallaro, Michael P Smith, Megan A Matson, Christine C Schleicher
  • Patent number: 11849664
    Abstract: A hopper extension includes forward and rearward walls connected by first and second side walls to form a container area having an upper opening and a lower opening. The lower opening includes a mating interface that slidably interfaces with an existing hopper. The hopper extension further includes a ramped wall extending from each of the forward, rearward, first side and second side walls to form a seed opening positioned intermediate the upper and lower openings. An underside of at least one of the ramped walls defining an air cavity that is placed over an air grate of an existing hopper when the hopper extension is secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Rosenberg Industries LLC
    Inventor: Jason Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 11760557
    Abstract: A bag-in-bottle type of a squeeze dispenser comprising a housing, a cap, a flexible bag for containing fluid, and means to equilibrate atmospheric air pressure with air pressure inside the housing is disclosed. Said means include a closable air channel. The closable air channel, and the cap, may each be in an open or a closed position. When the cap is in an open position, the closable air channel is in a closed position, thus substantially locking the air inside the housing in place and allowing for fluid to be dispensed from the flexible bag upon application of pressing force on the sidewalls of the housing. When the cap is in a closed position, the closable air channel is in an open position, allowing for a flow of atmospheric air into, and out of, the dispenser housing and thereby equilibrating the air pressure inside the housing with air pressure of the atmospheric air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: PESD, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Keith Hirko, Briana Nikole Kovács, Michael Hunter Kovács
  • Patent number: 11686660
    Abstract: A particle concentration analyzing system for testing particle concentrations in a fluid sample, such as engine emission particle concentration present in the exhaust of an engine. The particle concentration analyzing system includes a condensation particle counter having a saturation chamber, a condenser, and a laser optic particle counter. The analyzing system further includes a working fluid tank, a working fluid pump, and a sampling probe. The system provides a robust analysis system for a user to test vehicle emissions without being highly trained on the device, as the device is protected from misuse. A position sensitive sensor is used to ensure that the system is not damaged if the system is tipped over or placed in a position that would produce false results. Additional features include differential pressure sensors, a sealed and replaceable tamper resistant working fluid tank, a solvent recovery system, an anti-cheat device, and fluid purity sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: SENSORS, INC.
    Inventors: David R. Booker, Douglas D. Booker, Simon P. Booker
  • Patent number: 11673465
    Abstract: An enclosed volume is provided for performing operations in space, or on any astronomical object, in a manner separated from aspects of the external environment. The enclosed volume can be a flexible container for a satellite. The enclosed volume can include a membrane having a fluid barrier layer and being configured to contain a propellant gas or fluid; and an expulsion device configured to expel material from the membrane. In a stowed configuration, the flexible container is contained within the satellite, and in a deployed configuration, the flexible container extends away from the satellite. The flexible container can inflate from one shape, in the undeployed configuration, to another shape, in a deployed configuration. The other shape can be toroidal or other appropriate shapes. The flexible container can provide bipropellant, blowdown, and gas/fluid metering functionality. Entertainment and game play can be enabled by the enclosed volume involving robots and other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Orbit Fab, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Faber, James Bultitude, Jeremy Schiel, Eric Weinhoffer, Andrew Witte, Tyler Mincey
  • Patent number: 11332277
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for separation of air from fluids, whereby a contractable partition, a throat seal, and air vents are provided, which allow an inside portion behind the contractable partition to expand into or contract from an outside portion, increasing or decreasing the side of the inside portion to accommodate changing volumes of beverage, thereby preventing the entry of contaminating air and slowing the loss of carbonation of the remaining beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Gameel Gabriel
  • Patent number: 11260171
    Abstract: Ambulatory infusion pumps, cannula insertion mechanisms, and medicament sealing assemblies, including cannula seal assemblies, plus related components, as well as component combinations and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Roger E. Smith
  • Patent number: 11136617
    Abstract: A cap that is securable to a vial includes a plug configured for insertion into an open end of the vial. An upper portion of the cap defines a probe recess with an open top end and configured to receive a distal end of a probe of a pipettor inserted into the open top end, to frictionally secure the cap to an end of the probe. The cap includes a radially-oriented annular surface with one or more locking members depending from a periphery of the annular surface. The locking members are spaced from the plug and each locking member includes a radial locking groove and a radial locking ridge beneath the radial locking groove. A lip of the vial snaps into the radial locking groove above the radial locking ridge to secure the cap to the vial when the plug is inserted into the open end of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Byron J. Knight, David A. Buse, Norbert D. Hagen, David Opalsky, Tyler Moore, Anita Prasad, Bruce Richardson
  • Patent number: 11078067
    Abstract: A liquid direct injection assembly includes a direct injection supply kit to mix liquid components into a mixture and deliver the mixture to a treatment device. The supply kit includes liquid component containers that each include an elongated flexible bladder and a discharge nozzle to discharge a corresponding liquid component from the bladder. The supply kit also includes metering bodies each defining a metering orifice to control a flow rate of the corresponding liquid component from the bladder. The liquid direct injection assembly also includes a container tray configured to removably support a liquid component container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Verdesian Life Sciences U.S., LLC
    Inventors: James C. Pullins, II, Wendy S. Laffoon, David W. Laffoon, Kurt P. Seevers
  • Patent number: 11066288
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system (10) for dispensing a beverage stored in a collapsible beverage container (18) comprising a base part (14), a beverage container connector for connecting to a beverage outlet of said collapsible beverage container (18), and a lid (12) connectable to said base part (14), in which said lid (12) and said base part (14) define a sealed inner space (16) for accommodating and encapsulating said collapsible beverage container (18), and in which said beverage dispensing system (10) further comprises a vacuum pump (32) in fluid communication with said inner space (16), thereby collapsing said collapsible beverage container (18) and forcing said beverage out of the collapsible beverage container (18) through a tapping line (26) and out through a tapping device (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Carlsberg Breweries A/S
    Inventors: Jonas Christiansen, Peter Bach
  • Patent number: 10710900
    Abstract: A water bag pressure detection device, a water bag inflow control device and a water bag type water purifier are provided. The water bag pressure detection device includes: a base seat defining an airtight cavity therein, and having an upper end provided with a mounting opening; a pressure sensor module having at least a lower portion disposed in the airtight cavity and connected with a circumferential edge of the mounting opening in a sealing manner, an inductive head of the pressure sensor module being configured to abut against a lower portion of the water bag; and a ventilation member defining a ventilation passage therein and disposed to the base seat, the ventilation passage being provided with a balancing seal member configured to move in the ventilation passage along with variations of pressure in the airtight cavity and outside pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Junyan Gan
  • Patent number: 10613475
    Abstract: A packing member includes a first section arranged to face a first face of a flexible bag of the liquid container along a DW plane that includes the D direction and the W direction; a second section arranged to face a second face of the bag along the DW plane, and sandwiches the bag in the T direction in cooperation with the first section; a fixing portion that fixes the first section and the second section in a state of sandwiching the bag in the T direction; and a pressurizing portion that presses the region of a portion of the bag sandwiched between the first section and the second section in a fixed state where the bag is fixed between the first section and the second section by the fixing portion, such that pressure in the liquid storage portion rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Takumi Nagashima, Hiroyuki Kawate, Hiroyoshi Ozeki, Manabu Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10556030
    Abstract: A disinfectant spray cleaner dispenser package includes a container, a bag on valve assembly provided with the container, and an enhanced activity aqueous hydrogen peroxide disinfectant solution is stored within a pouch of the bag on valve assembly. The enhanced activity aqueous hydrogen peroxide disinfectant solution has a pH of from about 0.5 to about 6 and includes hydrogen peroxide in a concentration of from about 0.05 to about 8 w/w % of the total solution and at least one anionic surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Kellis, Kevin L. Haley
  • Patent number: 10507487
    Abstract: A cartridge usable in a viscous-material dispenser includes a cylinder, a plunger in the cylinder, and a plurality of ribs extending radially from an outer surface of the plunger to an inner surface of the cylinder. The ribs are circumferentially separated by a plurality of clearances, and the ribs and the clearances extend in an axial direction. Each of the plurality of clearances is defined by two adjacent ribs. The ribs and clearances are configured to allow the venting of gas through the clearances during a beginning of a cartridge filling operation and to impede the movement of the viscous material through the clearances during a remainder of the cartridge filling operation such that, at an end of the cartridge filling operation, the ribs and bodies of the viscous material in the clearances form an airtight seal between the plunger and the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KAGA WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Mizoguchi, Hitoshi Tsujikawa, Kyota Imai, Akira Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10479587
    Abstract: A cartridge (12) for a viscous-material dispenser includes a plunger (10) that is slidable within a cylinder (18). A seal body (104) forms between an outer circumferential surface (82) of the plunger and an inner circumferential surface (84) of the cylinder when a viscous material flows into a radial tubular clearance (106) that continuously extends both axially and circumferentially between the outer circumferential surface and the inner circumferential surface. Ridges (100) may be formed on the outer circumferential surface of the plunger to guide the inflowing viscous material and facilitate the formation of the seal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KAGA WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Mizoguchi, Hitoshi Tsujikawa, Kyota Imai, Akira Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10399102
    Abstract: An orientation independent delivery device. The delivery device includes a gas chamber, a delivery chamber, a gas cell, and a delivery aperture. The gas chamber includes a gas-side rigid portion and a gas-side flexible barrier. The gas-side flexible barrier is sealed to the gas-side rigid portion. The delivery chamber includes a delivery-side rigid portion and a delivery-side flexible barrier. The delivery-side flexible barrier is sealed to the delivery-side rigid portion and is oriented adjacent to the gas-side flexible barrier. The gas cell is coupled to the gas-side rigid portion of the gas chamber. The gas cell increases a gas pressure within the gas chamber to expand the gas-side flexible barrier. Expansion of the gas-side flexible barrier applies a compressive force to the delivery-side flexible barrier allowing a delivery material to escape from the delivery chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Microlin, LLC
    Inventors: Ashok V. Joshi, John H Gordon
  • Patent number: 10300177
    Abstract: A storage container includes a storing section including a storage space and an inflow port, and a water sealing section. The storing section includes an inflow section connectable to a tube and a volume changing section capable of changing the volume of the storage space. The volume changing section is deformed to increase the volume of the storage space when pressure in the storage space is about to rise to be equal to or higher than a reference pressure set in advance and is deformed to reduce the volume of the storage space when the pressure in the storage space is about to drop to be lower than the reference pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DAIKEN MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Yamada, Zhonghuan Shen, Kazuki Ishibashi, Masayuki Uruma
  • Patent number: 10293361
    Abstract: A cartridge for a viscous-material dispenser includes a cylinder and a plunger axially slidably fitted in the cylinder and dividing the cylinder into a filling chamber and a pressurizing chamber and includes a plurality of solid spacers in an annular gap between the plunger and the cylinder for maintaining a minimum spacing between the plunger and the cylinder. The spacers at least partially define a plurality of passages that fluidically connect the filling and pressurizing chambers and are configured such that a first portion of the viscous material extending from the filling chamber into the plurality of passages forms a seal together with the solid spacers to prevent a second portion of the viscous material located in the filling chamber from entering the plurality of passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KAGA WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Mizoguchi, Hitoshi Tsujikawa, Kyota Imai, Akira Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10266334
    Abstract: A barrier package aerosol container includes a can, valve, and piston disposed in the interior volume of the can. The piston is movable toward a top end of the can to facilitate dispensing of flowable material in the can. Opposing surfaces of the piston and the can and the valve define an interstitial space of the interior volume in which the flowable product is receivable. The piston is contacts at least one of the interior surface of the can at its top end and the valve, to define a piston interface when the piston is at the top end of the can during use. At least one of the piston, the can, and the valve defines one or more flow passages at the piston interface to allow flowable material in the interstitial space to flow through the piston interface toward the valve inlet during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Clayton Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Baker, Kevin R. Martz
  • Patent number: 10139047
    Abstract: A metallic positive expulsion fuel tank with stress free weld seams may include a first hemispherical shell with a first edge; a pressurized gas inlet attached to the first hemispherical shell; and a metallic cylinder with first and second edges attached to the first hemispherical shell along matching first edges by a first weld seam. The tank may also include a second hemispherical shell with a first edge attached to a fuel outlet fixture. An elastomeric diaphragm may be attached to the fuel outlet fixture on the second hemispherical shell. The second hemispherical shell may be attached to the second edge of the metallic cylinder along matching edges by a second weld seam thereby forming a positive expulsion fuel tank with two interior chambers separated by the elastomeric diaphragm. The first and second weld seams may be subjected to a localized post-weld stress relief heat treatment in which heating of the tank is confined to a distance of 2 inches (5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Keystone Engineering Company
    Inventors: Wayne H. Tuttle, Ian Ballinger
  • Patent number: 10106393
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, apparatus, and method for storing, transporting, delivering, and dispensing carbonated beverages that maintains a high degree of carbonation and extends the shelf life of the beverage. The system includes a container that includes an outlet for dispensing the beverage. Disposed within the container is a first bladder that contains a fluid and an apparatus for exerting a constant pressure on the first bladder. The fluid is dispensed from the first bladder through the outlet, in response to the apparatus exerting pressure on the first bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Winter Creek Designs
    Inventors: Justin Russell, Christopher Rojas, Christian LaForgia, David Finneran
  • Patent number: 10010676
    Abstract: A method of making a delivery device (10) for therapeutic agent, drug or vaccine is disclosed. The method includes providing a flat panel wafer, forming a plurality of reservoirs, with each reservoir defining a cavity, within the flat panel wafer, and attaching a cover layer (20) across the plurality of reservoirs. The method also includes filling the plurality of reservoirs with at least one of a therapeutic agent, drug, and vaccine to form a plurality of filled reservoirs, and providing a housing portion adjacent each of the plurality of filled reservoirs to form a composed layer. The method also includes separating the composed layer into a plurality of delivery devices, wherein each delivery device includes a reservoir. The delivery device may be suitable for self-injection use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventor: Christophe Bureau
  • Patent number: 9896324
    Abstract: A device for preventing air from displacing wine poured from a bottle. A retainable spout assembly comprises a bottle seal, a base having a liquid channel and vent channel, and a spout. A disposable bag assembly comprises folded limp inflatable bag attached to a vent tube which is attachable to the vent channel. As wine is poured, air enters the vent tube and inflates the pliable bag. After the bottle contents are consumed, the retainable subassembly may be removed from the disposable subassembly by leaving the disposable subassembly in the bottle or container. The retainable subassembly may be cleaned, and a replacement subassembly attached to the vent channel before inserting into a new container. The air displacement device may be inserted into a bottle before or after pouring wine. A pump or manual blow tube can be used to remove air from a partially-filled bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy W. Dziuk, Roy Paul Prosise
  • Patent number: 9896913
    Abstract: A petroleum well tracer release flow shunt chamber in an annulus space about a base pipe and method of estimating one or more pressure differences or gradients, wherein the flow shunt chamber extending generally axial-parallel with the base pipe, and provided with a shunt flow passage for holding a shunt chamber fluid, and including a tracer system exposed to and arranged for releasing unique tracer molecules at a generally even release time rate to the shunt chamber fluid, a first inlet aperture for receiving a first fluid, a second outlet aperture for releasing the shunt chamber fluid to a fluid, a flow restrictor allowing a pressure gradient between the inlet and outlet apertures driving the shunt chamber fluid out via the flow restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: RESMAN AS
    Inventors: Fridtjof Nyhavn, Christian Andresen, Gaute Oftedal
  • Patent number: 9874389
    Abstract: A cooler cabinet comprises: a storage compartment (130) for food or beverage products (130); a dispensing mechanism (143) for dispensing the food or beverage products (144) from the storage compartment without opening the storage compartment to ambient air; a water-retaining material (120) outside the storage compartment but in contact with it; an air channel (111) in contact with the water-retaining material; and means (114) for moving air through the air channel such that the air increases the rate of evaporation of water from the water-retaining material. It thereby withdraws heat from the water-retaining material and causes cooling of the interior of the cabinet, including the food or beverage products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Mondelez UK R&D Limited
    Inventor: William Thorman
  • Patent number: 9862540
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for fully dispensing liquid from a bulk shipping container. The system includes a bulk bin and a cassette disposed therein. The cassette includes a cassette board, a liquid bag having inlet and outlet ports and an air inflated bag that is attached to the liquid bag. The air bag includes an air inlet port formed at one end thereof and used for inflating the air bag from a source of pressurized air. The air bag further includes an obstruction region defined by a weld line that is formed on an opposite end from the air inlet port to redirect the pressurized air within the air bag when inflating the air bag reaches a level at which the pressurized air counteract the liquid pressure within the liquid bag so as to urge the liquid toward the outlet port of the liquid bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: David Frederick Gillard
  • Patent number: 9850059
    Abstract: A fluid product reservoir, for a dispensing system, is made of a container having walls that include an aperture formed at one end thereof. A reservoir cap seals the aperture from exposure to the atmosphere. A pump integrated into the reservoir cap allows fluid product to be dispensed from the dispensing system. A closed venting mechanism is included and incorporates one or more air channels that direct ambient air into a bladder positioned internal to the fluid product reservoir. The expansion of the bladder functions to displace fluid pumped from the reservoir thereby equalizing pressure while maintaining a sanitary seal of the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Richard E. Corney
  • Patent number: 9839928
    Abstract: A pumping container for blocking air comprises: a container for accommodating liquid contents; a pumping cap, coupled to an inlet of the container, for discharging the contents accommodated in the container to the outside according to a pumping operation; a suction line, coupled to the pumping cap, for sucking in the contents according to the operation of a pumping part; and an air blocking member for preventing the contents remaining in the container from making contact with air, by receiving and collecting air on the inside thereof in a volume equal to that of the contents discharged from the container by the pumping operation. Since the pumping container for blocking air, configured as described above, can always keep the contents accommodated in the container sealed from the outside so as not to be in contact with air, it is possible to prevent the problem of the shelf life of the contents rapidly shortening due to the decomposition or oxidation by contamination of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Kook Sir Park
  • Patent number: 9802264
    Abstract: A solder supply device is provided with a solder cup housing liquid solder that is cylindrical and open at one end; a nozzle section, for ejecting solder from the solder container, that is inserted into the solder container; a flange section that is provided on an outer circumferential section of the nozzle section and that is engaged inside of the solder cup; solder supplied from the tip of the nozzle section by the solder cup being moved; a magnet provided in the outer circumferential surface of the solder cup; and magnetic sensors able to detect the approaching of the magnet are provided at a position facing the outer circumferential surface of the solder container. Based on the positions of the magnet and the sensor, the post-movement position of the solder container is detected. Thus, it can be detected that solder has run out from inside the solder cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoji Fujita
  • Patent number: 9803349
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system for facilitating an automatic urinal toilet flushing comprising: a pipe (P) having an intermediate enlarged inner diameter area, said pipe comprising: first portion P1 having a first diameter d1; second portion P2 having a second diameter d2; a third portion P3 having a third diameter d3; wherein the first, the second and the third portions are sequential and the diameter d2 is greater than diameter d1 and diameter d3; a tapered forth portion P4 connecting the first portion P1 to the second portion P2; and a tapered fifth portion P5 connecting the second portion P2 to the third portion P3; a valve mechanism located within the pipe (P), the said valve mechanism comprising an inlet dual valve (1), an outlet dual valve (2) and a connecting rod connecting the inlet dual valve (1) and outlet dual valve (2); and an actuating mechanism that gets automatically actuated and upon actuation, operates the valve mechanism to perform a flushing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Sushant Babarao Wath, Pallampati Subrahmanya Dutt, Satish Ramchandra Wate
  • Patent number: 9737126
    Abstract: A combination dispenser and applicator has a dispenser body for mounting the dispenser body over a valve of a container of nail polish. The dispenser body has a brush receiver that receives the nail polish from the valve of the container. A disposable applicator brush, not including a valve, but with bristles adjacent a distal end, is shaped to removably engage the brush receiver. The disposable applicator brushes are inexpensive and disposable, and may be readily changed during use of the combination, so that one of the brushes is not used on multiple persons, thereby enabling a more hygienic method of applying nail polish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Yoram Fishman
  • Patent number: 9616207
    Abstract: Presented herein are implantable systems and methods for long-term delivery of treatment substance to the ear of a recipient of an implantable auditory prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Kristien Johanna Maria Verhoeven, Daniel Smyth, Jonathon Kirk, Claudiu G. Treaba, Marcus Andersson
  • Patent number: 9597449
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide infusion systems for the intravenous or other delivery of drugs and other therapeutic agents to a patient including a human or mammal. The therapeutic agents may be dissolved in solution or comprise the solution itself. Embodiments of the systems can utilize a chemical reaction to predictably drive a flow of drug(s) through a catheter or other flow path and into the patient. More specifically, the reaction may include an acid-base reaction or any other reaction that produces a gaseous substance. The gas is produced and contained in an expandable drive balloon when the acid-base reactants are combined with a liquid. As the gas is produced, the drive balloon expands to exert pressure on a separately-contained drug reservoir which, in turn, pushes drug(s) from the reservoir into the flow path where the drug is ultimately delivered to the patient in a controlled and predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 9550008
    Abstract: A Two-part, Syringe-based Electrochemical Dispenser. The dispenser consists of a disposable syringe-like fluid storage reservoir and a reusable fluid driver. The driver is located at the proximal end of a conventional syringe; the fluid exit port at the distal end. The driver generates a gas that inflates an elongated bladder situated within the filled syringe. Expansion of the bladder releases liquid at a rate nearly identical to the gas generation rate. The dispenser is held in a vertical position with the distal end pointed downward. Liquid is released drop-wise onto a porous material from which it can evaporate. A battery-driven electrochemical oxygen generator is the gas source. Means to attach the dispenser in its vertical position are provided. Such dispensing devices can be used to release pheromones, repellants, insecticides, fragrances, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: M&R Consulting Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Maget, Mark Johansson
  • Patent number: 9549760
    Abstract: The risk of bone cement extravaation can be reduced by delivering a calcium-dependent polymerizing sealant into a bone structure prior to delivery of bone cement into that structure. The polymerization of the sealant in response to the calcium within the bone structure can fill cracks and any other potential cement leakage paths, thereby minimizing the potential for subsequent extravaation. The benefits of the use of a calcium-dependent polymerizing sealant can be provided in any procedure involving the use of bone cement, such as spinal fixation, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: KYPHON SARL
    Inventor: Bradley E. Steele
  • Patent number: 9475084
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses a painting apparatus comprising a paint bag containing paint; a paint port through which paint flows from the paint bag; an air bag to receive gas configured to apply pressure to the paint bag as it receives air; an air port through which the gas enters the air bag; wherein the air bag and the paint bag are located within the painting apparatus, such that expansion of the air bag by pumping of the gas into the air bag forces the paint from the paint bag via the paint port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: NIRLAT LTD
    Inventors: Oded Frenkel, Oren Moshe, Shiri Zakai, Juda Kaplun, Tami Marcovich, Boris Grinspan, Ben Josef Yehuda, Tal Leizer, Shlomi Eiger, Roi Vaspi Yanai, Meir Bareli, Amichai Yifrach
  • Patent number: 9321579
    Abstract: A daily apparatus for removing a content from a container, a container having a structure of the daily apparatus and a removing method thereof are provided. The apparatus comprises a pressurizing part, a pressure transmitting channel, an outflow channel, and a content-removing part; an inside of the content-removing part and/or the pressure transmitting channel is provided with a piston, the pressure transmitting medium is on a side of the piston, and the content is on the other side; the content-removing part is provided with an opening connected to the content in the container, the opening can be opened or closed by a mobile device; when the pressurizing part is applying a pressure, the opening is closed, the content in the content-removing part flows out; and after the pressure ceases being applied, the pressure transmitting medium flows back, the content in the container enters the content-removing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Zengxin Chen
  • Patent number: 9278442
    Abstract: A hydraulic accumulator includes an accumulator housing defining a gas reservoir and a liquid volume. A flexible membrane is positioned within the accumulator housing and separates the gas reservoir and the liquid volume. A flow control screen defines a wall of the accumulator housing, has a screen thickness, and includes an exterior face opposing a membrane engagement face. A first slot is formed through the exterior face and has a first slot depth that is less than the screen thickness. A second slot is formed through the membrane engagement face and has a second slot depth that is less than the screen thickness. The first slot and the second slot intersect to fluidly connect an exterior of the accumulator housing with the liquid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Wai Man Tang, Lauritz Pillers
  • Patent number: 9205952
    Abstract: A composite container, comprising a form-retaining outer container comprising a neck, and a flexible inner container, the inner container comprising a dispensing opening mounted in the neck of the outer container is presented. The inner container is connected over a part of its surface area near the dispensing opening to a corresponding surface area of the inside of the outer container near the neck, via adhesive or weld connection, such that there remains a portion of the inner container not connected to the sidewall of the outer container. In response to an overpressure developed by a displacing medium introduced between the inner container and the outer container, a portion of the inner container that is not connected to the outer container moves at least one of: (i) towards the dispensing opening and (ii) within, the portion of the inner container that is connected to the outer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dispensing Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Johannes Joseph Maas, Dominicus Jan Van Wijk, Josephus Cornelius Snijders
  • Patent number: 9067711
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for storing and dispensing flowable material. The assembly includes a reusable tube dimensionally formed to fit within the body of a dispensing gun. A separate pouch member is provided for storing a quantity of flowable material and is formed to be removably positioned within the tube. A nozzle is provided on the pouch for directing discharge of the material from the pouch. The pouch is provided with a fitment at one end. Cooperative elements are formed between the end wall of the tube and the fitment, which engage upon insertion of the pouch into the tube. A disk is provided for removable attachment to the plunger portion of the gun. A hook or gripping device projects from the disk for engagement of the end of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Melia
  • Patent number: 9038855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Lurcott, John E. Q. Hughes, Peter Wrschka, Thomas H. Baum, Donald D. Ware, Peng Zou
  • Publication number: 20150102059
    Abstract: A novel canister storage system, mixing system, canister assembly, dispensing system, and tracking system. In one or more embodiments, the systems are used for storing, mixing and dispensing fluids. In one application, the fluid includes one or more paint toners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Santrach, Bruce Funk, Barry Hines, Christopher Herman
  • Patent number: 8991651
    Abstract: A reconfigurable applicator system for extrusive dispensing of a work material is provided. The system includes a body portion having an actuator coupled thereto. A frame portion coupled to the body portion defines a support structure for at least one cartridge unit containing the work material. A combination trigger handle portion is coupled to the body portion to be adjustable between angularly displaced first and second grip positions relative to the frame portion. The combination trigger handle portion includes at least first and second selectable triggers coupled to the actuator, which responds to each of the first and second triggers to actuate extrusive dispensing of the work material from the cartridge unit. The combination trigger handle portion in the first and second grip positions alternatively configures the system between overhand and underhand configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Patent & Investment LLC
    Inventor: Stanley Yeh
  • Patent number: 8960502
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and processes are disclosed for the manufacture, filling and dispensing of flowable contents. The dispenser system includes a dispenser bottle, a dispensing cap, a pre-filled container, an optional inversion tube wherein the pre-filled container contains flowable contents therein for dispensing when a dispenser bottle is squeezed, pumped or sprayed. A user grasps the bottle, squeezes it to increase internal pressure, and forces out through the dispensing cap the flowable contents. Upon release, the system allows air to enter and replace the forced-out flowable contents and neutralize the pressure in the space between the container and the bottle. An inline process of manufacturing and filling the containers is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Charles J Stehli, Jr., Donald J Pansier, Robert B DeMatteis
  • Patent number: 8955720
    Abstract: A container for flowable substances includes a rigid, concave lower part having an outlet and an upper part including of a convex flexible film that is mirror-inverted with respect to the inner contour of the lower part. The upper and lower parts may be in the shape of hemispheres. The upper part is surrounded by a housing body which is tightly connected with the lower part and may be connected to a pressure source for emptying the container. In the emptied condition of the container, the film lies flush at the inner contour of the lower part of the container. For emptying, air pressure is applied to the upper part of the container. The outlet is provided with a closure in the shape of a disc which is rotatable about an axis offset from the opening of the outlet and has a passage for inserting a dispensing nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Delo Industrieklebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGAA
    Inventors: Wolf Herold, Stephan Neuhaus
  • Patent number: 8950627
    Abstract: A material dispensing assembly (100) and method of operation for converting a portable cartridge dispensing tool to a bag-type dispensing tool is provided in which the assembly includes a single piece piston (110) for advancing material though a material housing (104). The single piece piston (110) includes a substantially square-shaped receptacle (140). The assembly further includes a square shaped drive rack (112) for attaching to the piston (110) at the substantially square-shaped receptacle (140) at a connection end (128). The drive rack (112) further includes a plurality of teeth (142) located thereon. The assembly (100) further has a support (127) with a substantially square profile for receiving and supporting the drive rack (112) during operation such that the construct of the drive rack and piston (110) are prevented from rotating during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Meritool LLC
    Inventors: Timm Herman, Kevin Whited
  • Patent number: 8944342
    Abstract: A Two-part, Wall-mountable Electrochemical Dispenser. The dispenser assembly consists of a disposable fluid storage reservoir and a non-disposable dispenser. The dispenser holds an electrochemical gas generator, its associated electronics, and a power source. The generator can be set for fluid delivery rates of between 1 mL/day and 50 mL/day. The system has a battery-determined operational life of about 2 years, assuming rates of up to 2 mL/day and 2 C-size batteries. The fluid storage reservoir is formed by two plastic shells separated by a plastic diaphragm. Gas produced by the generator acts on the diaphragm thereby displacing fluid that is then captured by an evaporation pad from which it can readily emanate into the environment. The reservoir can be removed and discarded after depletion of the liquid, and then replaced by another filled assembly. As needed, the refill holds an anti-theft coded card that prohibits the re-use of the refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: M&R Consulting Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Maget, James Dikeman, Mark Johansson, Randy Houk
  • Patent number: 8944289
    Abstract: A machine for making and dispensing liquid, semi-liquid and/or semi-solid food products comprising a cylinder for processing a mixture of a basic product and air, a chamber for the transit of a heat exchange fluid, the chamber being located around the cylinder, a dispensing tap and means for treating the heat exchange fluid and supplying it to the transit chamber; it is equipped with a flexible container for containing the basic product and housed in a rigid container; a compressor of a flow of pressurized air being designed to send pressurized air into the rigid container in such a way that it acts on the flexible container to cause the transfer of the basic product from the container to the processing cylinder through a feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ali S.p.A.—Carpigiani Group
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Publication number: 20150001250
    Abstract: A bag-in-bag-in-bottle assembly formed by a flexible dispensing container with a dispensing fitment. The dispensing container is positioned adjacent or sandwiched between one or more flexible pressurization containers having a separate inlet/outlet path through a second fitment. The bag-in-bag assembly can then be placed in a containment vessel with the fitments mounted such that it is accessible on the vessel. A liquid can be extracted from the dispensing container by introducing a fluid into the pressurization container(s) with enough pressure to force the liquid out through the dispensing fitment. A contoured dispensing head may be coupled to the bag-in-bag-in-bottle assembly using a cam actuation arrangement for simultaneously locking the pressurization, vent and fluid extraction couplings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: John A. LEYS, John M. HENNEN, Michael L. Johnson