With Actuation Disabling Means Patents (Class 222/402.11)
  • Patent number: 10751741
    Abstract: A dispensing device dispenses a liquid held in a container. The device includes an engagement portion for the mutual engagement of the device and the container. Drawing and dispensing means draws the liquid from the container to dispense it. A main operating body operates the drawing and dispensing means through pressure exerted along a pressing direction. The main operating body moves with respect to the engagement portion, when subjected to pressure, between a rest position and an activating position. A dispensing nozzle is fixed to the main operating body and provided with a dispensing duct suited to dispense the liquid. The dispensing nozzle is switched from the main operating body, through a rotary movement, between a dispensing position and a non-dispensing position. Constraining means prevents the movement of the main operating body along the pressing direction when the dispensing nozzle is in the non-dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAPLAST S.P.A.
    Inventor: Evans Santagiuliana
  • Patent number: 10512921
    Abstract: An apparatus for a fluidic ejection device and a fluidic ejection device containing the apparatus. The apparatus includes a pivot member having at least a first position and a second position, a shaft attached on a first end thereof to the pivot member and on a second end distal from the first end to a capping structure, wherein pivot of the pivot member pivots the capping structure from a first capped position to a second uncapped position adjacent an ejection head of the fluidic ejection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sam Norasak, Michael A. Marra, III
  • Patent number: 10479592
    Abstract: A case for securing an aerosol canister, including a body, including a first lateral wall having a first top edge and a first bottom edge, a bottom wall connected to the first lateral wall proximate the first bottom edge, and at least one cutout arranged in the first lateral wall proximate the first top edge, and a cap connected to the body, including a nozzle in fluid contact with a stem of the aerosol canister, and at least one gusset arranged to engage the at least one cutout, wherein in an unlocked position, the cap is displaceable in a first axial direction relative to the body to dispense the contents of the aerosol canister out of the nozzle, and in a locked position, the cap is not displaceable in the first axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Albert P. Caruso
  • Patent number: 10351335
    Abstract: An aerosol can spray gun that accepts a top of an aerosol spray gun. The spray gun includes an integral motorized fan. When the trigger on the spray gun is depressed the aerosol spray can dispensing cap is depressed and simultaneously the fan pushes air out through nozzles in the front of the spray gun to control the spray fan pattern. A tab on the cap ensures that the nozzle on the can is oriented forward. Optionally, the air nozzles in the front of the spray gun can adjust the fan pattern between horizontal and vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Nelson Alonso, Leonardo Alonso
  • Patent number: 10246247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for storing and dispensing a viscous product. The product and a propellant are stored in a container on a base, and the propellant forms a head space. In a storage configuration, the container rests on the base, the base rests on a surface, and the propellant in the head space and the product tend to move toward positions wherein the propellant in the head space is at a higher elevation than the product and the product is at a higher elevation than an inlet to a dispenser. In one aspect, the base comprises a first portion, a second portion comprising a lid, a sidewall comprising a window, and an interior. In a second aspect, the method comprises storing the container in the storage configuration, removing the lid to expose a dispenser, dispensing the product, and viewing an interior of the base through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Godfroid, Galina Laufer, David Michael Pehar, John Evan Spirk
  • Patent number: 10233010
    Abstract: An aerosol actuator which may be connected to a container to form an aerosol delivery system or package wherein the aerosol actuator includes four parts: a base, a trigger, a locking ring, and an orifice cup; the locking ring including a lock stop and the trigger including a locking post to lock and unlock actuation of the aerosol actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Steven A. Sell
  • Patent number: 10154870
    Abstract: A method for dispensing cryogenic substances including: predisposing a pressurized container for a cryogenic substance which includes a valve active at the opening and regulating an emission of the cryogenic substance, predisposing a coupling element stably constrained to the container, predisposing an activating element engaged to the coupling element in such a way that it is interposed between the container and the activating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SIXTEM LIFE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Luciano Ottanelli
  • Patent number: 9944454
    Abstract: A spray control apparatus for aerosol cans has a can coupling cap with a segmented and discontinuous aerosol can engaging ring. The cap top lip has a locking ledge having a bearing surface facing away from the can engaging ring, a cam track having a bearing surface facing toward the can engaging ring, and a guide slot therebetween. A plurality of generally planar reinforcing ribs radiate inwardly from the cap side wall. An actuator is concentrically within the cap, and has at least one cam protruding radially into the cap top lip. The cam engages the locking ledge bearing surface in a first rotary position and is thereby blocked from axial movement, and engages the cam track bearing surface in a second rotary position and is thereby driven axially toward the can engaging ring, and passes though the guide slot when rotated between the first and second rotary positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory A. Haage
  • Patent number: 9586750
    Abstract: A trigger mechanism rocks within a housing to activate pressurized spray. The trigger assembly has a stabilizing bar below the trigger finger guard to steady the pistol style spray head and provide a smooth pull. A trigger block inserted into the trigger finger guard and around the trigger pull provides a first safety mechanism. A thumb tab much like a safety on a rifle is a second safety mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Steve Mangold
  • Patent number: 9446894
    Abstract: A valve for dispensing a flowable product from a container includes a mounting cup. The mounting cup includes a bottom wall having a central portion defining a seal-mounting opening through which a seal and a stem extend. An external seal bead of the seal overlies an upper end of the central portion. The upper end of the central portion is disposed at or below a plane extending transverse to a central axis of the mounting cup and defined by a juncture of a sidewall and an annular sidewall-bottom transition portion of the mounting cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Clayton Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Martz, James P. McBroom
  • Patent number: 9181018
    Abstract: An actuator cap (1) for dispensing a fluid product, comprising a rotatable outer body (2), a non-rotatable chassis (4), an actuator button (3) and a spray channel assembly (6), the latter comprising an outlet nozzle (63); the outer body (2) being rotatable relative to the chassis (4) between a first position in which the actuator button (3) is incapable of depression and a second position in which the actuator button (3) is capable of depression, said depression causing release of fluid product from an associated container through the spray channel assembly (6), the actuator cap (1) also comprises rotational tensioning means (34 and/or 12, 24) between the outer body (2) and the chassis (4), said rotational tensioning means (34 and/or 12, 24) serving to ease rotation of the outer body (2) towards its second position when close thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Adrian Barclay Caroen, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Patent number: 9181019
    Abstract: The aerosol dispenser, comprises: an aerosol canister and associated valve stem; and an actuator cap (1) comprising: a rotatable outer body (2) and an associated actuator button (3); and a non-rotatable chassis (4) and an associated spray channel assembly (6), the latter comprising an outlet nozzle (63); the outer body (2) being rotatable between a first position in which the spray channel assembly (6) is separated from the valve stem of the aerosol canister and the dispenser is incapable of activation and a second position in which the spray channel assembly (6) is attached to the valve stem of the aerosol canister and the dispenser is capable of activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Adrian Barclay Caroen, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Patent number: 9051108
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a shroud having a gripping portion. An actuation area of the shroud is between about 15% to about 95% of a surface area of the gripping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Erica Eden Cohen, Nathaniel Giraitis, Kevin Harrity, Jonathan N. Mandell, Nicholas Oxley, Thomas A. Renner, Richard Whitehall
  • Patent number: 8985398
    Abstract: A product dispensing system includes an overcap that has a locking element extending therefrom. A container has a product disposed therein. A bracket is attached to the container. The bracket includes at least one flange and at least one slot. The at least one flange extends toward the at least one slot. A resilient member is disposed within the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Demarest, Donald J. Schumacher, Christine D. Beilstein, Dirk K. Nickel, Jinsong Yu, Gang Liu, Xiaogang Tan, Yuanheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8985397
    Abstract: A system for spraying, according to various aspects of the present invention, includes a shuttle and a trigger switch. The shuttle and the trigger switch cooperate with discontinuous mechanical coupling. The trigger switch provides a discontinuity in bias against operation of the trigger switch by the user. Consequently, the user experiences tactile feedback before spray is released. Prior to tactile feedback, the system establishes a communication link. When spray is released, the system transmits a notice via the communication link. Such a system when equipped with pepper spray aerosol is advantageous for self-defense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian 8 Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 8978937
    Abstract: An actuator (1) for a hand-held aerosol container fitted centrally at its top with a dispensing valve, the actuator having: (i) a cup-shaped over-cap (3) attachable to the container and having a top wall defining a gap through which a spray channel passes, the gap restricting lateral movement of the spray channel; (ii) a spray channel (4) in fluid connection with the valve; (iii) an actuator button (5) having a finger pad from which a keel depends; the keel dependent from the finger pad of the button (5) being able to press down onto the spray channel (4) and the spray channel (4) on to the valve after the first slide movement of the button (5), but not before; whereby the actuator button (5) has a distinct first slide movement that puts it into an orientation in which a second depression movement causes release of the contents of the associated dispenser and in that the force required for the first slide movement of the actuator button (5) is at least 5N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Conopco Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Chambers, Andrew Fielding, Adam William Peacock, Graham Paul Randall, James Edward Roe, Jason Peter Roebuck, Kevin John Stamp
  • Publication number: 20140361049
    Abstract: A sprayhead (1) for use with an aerosol container (2) comprising a central valve stem, said sprayhead (1) comprising: a chassis (3) attaching to the valve cup of an aerosol container (2); a rotatable circular collar (4) comprising a bridge (16) spanning a diameter of the collar (4); and a spray channel (8) and associated actuator button (39), said spray channel (8) being designed to pass through a central aperture in the bridge (16) spanning a diameter of the collar (4), and being connectable to the central valve stem of an aerosol container (2); the chassis (3) holding the spray channel (8) and actuator button (39) in a non-rotatable manner and the collar (4) being rotatable between operable and inoperable positions; wherein the chassis (3) comprises an annular skirt (14) encircling at least 90% of the circumference of the valve cup and gripping the valve cup such that the torque required to turn the chassis (3) around the valve cup is at least twice that required to turn the rotatable circular collar (4) ar
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Amit Arora, Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Joseph Butler, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Publication number: 20140361044
    Abstract: A sprayhead (1) for use with an aerosol container (2), comprising a chassis (3) capable of firm attachment to said container (2); a rotatable circular collar (4) located largely around and in close proximity to the chassis (3); and a spray channel (8) and associated actuator button (39), said spray channel (8) being designed to pass through a central aperture (13) in the chassis and being connectable to the central valve stem of an aerosol container (2) with which the sprayhead (1) is designed to be used; the circular collar (4) being rotatable between a first position in which a holding feature (33D) of the collar (4) interacts with a holding feature (15D) of the chassis (3) and a second position; the sprayhead (1) being inoperable when the circular collar (4) is in its first position and operable when the circular collar (4) is in its second position; the holding features (33D) providing rotational resistance to movement between the first and second positions; the circular collar (4) further comprising a pr
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Amit Arora, Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Joseph Butler, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Patent number: 8875951
    Abstract: An aerosol cap adapted to mate with a canister includes an outer hollow shell and an inner hollow shell that is partially enclosed by the outer shell and centrally disposed therein. The outer hollow shell includes at least one rib element. The inner and outer shells are physically interconnected together by the at least one rib element. The inner hollow shell includes a base ring member hingedly connected to a pod member. The pod member includes a button support for receiving a button actuator of the canister. The pod member further includes a cam profile for cooperating with the at least one rib element to transition the aerosol cap between an operative position and a non-operative position upon rotating the outer hollow shell relative to the inner hollow shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kent A. Houser
  • Patent number: 8870030
    Abstract: A container has a body with a product disposed therein. A pedestal with a valving structure extends from the body. A bracket has a sidewall with at least one slot extending therein. The bracket includes a second pedestal provided interiorly of the sidewall, which is shaped to fittingly receive the pedestal of the body. The second pedestal includes at least one extending flange. Each of the at least one extending flanges extends toward the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Demarest, Donald J. Schumacher, Christine D. Beilstein, Dirk K. Nickel
  • Publication number: 20140291353
    Abstract: The aerosol dispenser, comprises: an aerosol canister and associated valve stem; and an actuator cap (1) comprising: a rotatable outer body (2) and an associated actuator button (3); and a non-rotatable chassis (4) and an associated spray channel assembly (6), the latter comprising an outlet nozzle (63); the outer body (2) being rotatable between a first position in which the spray channel assembly (6) is separated from the valve stem of the aerosol canister and the dispenser is incapable of activation and a second position in which the spray channel assembly (6) is attached to the valve stem of the aerosol canister and the dispenser is capable of activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventors: Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Adrian Barclay Caroen, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Publication number: 20140252036
    Abstract: Described herein is a flashlight apparatus includes a light emitting module at a distal end, a pepper spray module at a proximal end, and a plurality of interchangeable modules positioned between the light emitting module and the pepper spray module. The pepper spray module includes an actuator, a nozzle, and a pepper spray compartment capable of housing a pepper spray source. The actuator includes a pepper spray switch and a pepper spray channel. Actuation of the pepper spray switch releases pepper spray fluid from the pepper spray source, and through the pepper spray channel and nozzle. The interchangeable modules include a power supply with a power source and a power switch module for selectively supplying power from the power source to the light emitting module when the power source is housed by the power compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jay A. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20140231467
    Abstract: An actuator cap (1) for dispensing a fluid product, comprising a rotatable outer body (2), a non-rotatable chassis (4), an actuator button (3) and a spray channel assembly (6), the latter comprising an outlet nozzle (63); the outer body (2) being rotatable relative to the chassis (4) between a first position in which the actuator button (3) is incapable of depression and a second position in which the actuator button (3) is capable of depression, said depression causing release of fluid product from an associated container through the spray channel assembly (6), the actuator cap (1) also comprises rotational tensioning means (34 and/or 12, 24) between the outer body (2) and the chassis (4), said rotational tensioning means (34 and/or 12, 24) serving to ease rotation of the outer body(2) towards its second position when close thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventors: Kassie Terra-Lynn Betts, Simon Lewis Bilton, Adrian Barclay Caroen, Christopher John Jones, Garen Kouyoumjian
  • Patent number: 8807396
    Abstract: A trigger diffuser to be secured to the neck of a vial provided with an outlet valve (31) provides for securing it on the vial, actuating the valve (31), a trigger (200) movable between a neutral position, in which the valve is not actuated, and a diffusion position, in which an actuation element is moved in the direction of the valve so as to actuate it, and an outlet channel for the transport out of the diffuser of the product coming out of the valve. In order to store the diffuser without the risk of accidentally actuating the trigger even after the first withdrawal, the diffuser includes a blocking element (304) movable between a blocking position, in which the trigger (200) is prevented from reaching the diffusion position, and a release position, in which the trigger can be moved from the neutral position to the diffusion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lindal France SAS
    Inventors: Hervé Bodet, Dominique Fournet
  • Patent number: 8777061
    Abstract: A security cap includes a cap body having a base portion and an upstanding wall extending longitudinally upward from a top edge thereof. An actuator is assembled within an interior of the upstanding wall, the actuator being longitudinally movably and axially rotatable enabling cycling between a locked state and an unlocked state. The actuator is rotationally governed by a rotation locking member comprising a push button and an arched biasing member. The push button extends through an aperture provided in the actuator and engages with a vertical edge integrated along a recess formed within the upstanding wall. Vertical motion is governed by a projecting locking feature extending from the actuator. The locking feature engages with a actuation governing edge in a locked state and rotates free of the governing edge into an unlocked, dispensing state, enabling vertical motion of the actuator for dispensing contents from with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Emil Meshberg
  • Publication number: 20140183228
    Abstract: A diffuser cap for an aerosol actuator comprises a vessel and a valve mounted on the vessel utilizing a dome. The diffuser cap is provided with an operating pushbutton of the valve cooperating with an outlet tube from the valve. The pushbutton of the diffuser cap is provided with a channel and an aerosol diffusion outlet. The diffuser cap comprises a base configured to snap onto a crimped region of the dome and a protective unit surrounding the pushbutton. The pushbutton and the protective unit of the pushbutton are mounted in a rotary manner on the base. The diffuser cap comprises a disabling device for disabling the operation of the pushbutton operated by a relative movement of the protective unit in relation to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNIMA
    Inventors: CEDRIK DECEA, CLAUDE BERNARD MICHELOT
  • Publication number: 20140124539
    Abstract: An actuator (18, 18?) is provided for actuating a valve (16) on a container (14) for dispensing a fluent product. The actuator (18, 18?) includes an exterior housing (40, 40?) and a rotatable member (42, 42?). The rotatable member (42, 42?) is located in an interior chamber (48) of the housing (40, 40?) and includes an engageable surface (54) located in a circumferentially extending window (50) of the housing (40, 40?) to be engaged by a user for movement of the engageable surface (54) within the window (50) between a locked position wherein movement of an actuator button (52) from an un-actuated position to an actuated position is prevented and an unlocked position wherein movement of the actuator button (52) from the un-actuated position to the actuated position is allowed to actuate the valve (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean H. Cho, Peter J. Walters, Gerald J. Marquardt, Paul E. Hallman
  • Patent number: 8695852
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser head including a fluid dispenser member; a dispenser endpiece that is connected to a nozzle via a duct; a pusher that is manually and axially movable down and up so as to move the dispenser endpiece in such a manner as to dispense fluid; and a rotary control hoop for moving the pusher axially between a storage position and an actuatable position. The head further includes axial guide for guiding the pusher axially without turning about its own axis; and rotary cam that is turned by the control hoop, the pusher being in engagement with the cam so as to urge the pusher in axial movement, without any turning component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Romain Bertin, Sébastien Michaux
  • Patent number: 8672189
    Abstract: A trigger sprayer may include a rotatable nozzle to facilitate the discharge of liquid from the nozzle in any desired direction and may also include a locking mechanism for preventing activation of the trigger sprayer. The trigger sprayer may also fit within the footprint of a container to which the trigger sprayer is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Calmar, Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Espinoza, George R. Hildebrand, Steven L. Sweeton
  • Patent number: 8657160
    Abstract: Fluid dispensers can be provided with a pump bottle that can have a fluid retaining portion, a pump neck that can be engaged with the fluid retaining portion such that the pump neck can be fluid communication with the fluid retaining portion, and a pump head that can be associated with the top portion of the pump neck, where the pump head can be configured to dispense a fluid retained in the fluid retaining portion of the pump bottle. The fluid dispenser can have an adapter ring that can be engaged with the pump neck, where the adapter ring can be selectively movable along a vertical length of the pump neck. The fluid dispenser can have a lock member, where the locking member can be associated with the adapter ring and the locking member can have a first unlocked position and a second locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Better Science, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Lashells, Jeff Fiessinger
  • Patent number: 8627986
    Abstract: A device for spraying contents from a pressurized container. The device has an anti-pre-spray mechanism which prevents inadvertent actuation or spray when a new container is loaded into the device. The anti-pre-spray mechanism provides a dead band between a valve assembly in the pressurized container and an actuation mechanism. The dead band may comprise a gap, spring, etc. The actuation mechanism may be activated by the consumer at the point of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Glenn Allen Bradbury, Richard Michael Girardot
  • Patent number: 8622256
    Abstract: Actuator apparatus for spray containers and methods of manufacturing actuator apparatus for spray containers. The actuator apparatus includes a cover having a restraint structure, e.g., locatable below an aperture portion of a push button of a base, to restrict the push button from depression by a user when the actuator apparatus is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason C. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20130320041
    Abstract: This invention relates to a spray head for dispensing product from a container, having an attachment element on which a closure element for closing off the exit orifice of a spray channel is disposed and an actuating element on activation of which the exit orifice is connectable with a valve opening of the container. In order to create a spray head which is easier and safer to handle than those of the prior art, it is proposed according to the invention that the closure element and the actuating element form a unit pivotable about an axis from a closed position to an actuating position, the exit orifice of the spray channel being closable by the unit's being in the closed position, and that the unit has locking means via which the unit can be locked in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: LINDAL DISPENSER GMBH
    Inventors: Andrea Selinger, Norman Goldberg
  • Publication number: 20130277397
    Abstract: A trigger operated aerosol dispenser is disclosed for dispensing an aerosol product from an aerosol container through an aerosol valve. The trigger operated aerosol dispenser comprises a base secured to the aerosol container with a dispensing head mounted to the base. A nozzle extends through the dispensing head for communicating the aerosol valve with a terminal orifice. A trigger actuator extends from the dispensing head for actuating the aerosol valve upon depression of the trigger actuator to dispense the aerosol product from the terminal orifice. The trigger operated aerosol dispenser may incorporate a lock for inhibiting the trigger from actuating the aerosol valve. In one example, the trigger operated aerosol dispenser may be actuated in an alternate manner upon a depression of the dispensing head. Preferably, the trigger operated aerosol dispenser is formed from a two piece unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Aptar Group Inc
    Inventors: Gregory A. Erickson, Geraid J. Marquardt, Sean Cho, Bernd Blumenstein, Bernhard Jasper
  • Patent number: 8550306
    Abstract: A dispenser cap comprising an axially moveable collar that surrounds an inner unit, the inner unit comprising a mounting ring at its bottom that is suitable for placement on a container, a cylindrical wall having a section that defines a radial outlet hole, said radial outlet hole being located towards the upper end of the inner unit, and a release trigger at the upper end of the inner unit, said collar being moveable between a raised position in which it covers the radial outlet hole and a lowered position in which it does not cover the radial outlet hole, the axially moveable collar comprising an internal structure that blocks the depression of the release trigger when the collar is in its raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Conopco Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Angus, Adrian Barclay Caroen, Andrew Claughton, Ian McKinnon, Paul Robertson Sherratt
  • Patent number: 8517227
    Abstract: An aerosol spray actuator for a pressurized aerosol canister and in particular trigger or button actuated spray actuators having three main parts to simplify the mechanical moving parts of a spray actuator. An actuator button, an actuator base and finally a nozzle piece being inserted at the very end of a product dispensing passage embodied either in the body or the trigger part. A mechanism for permitting and blocking the actuation of the spray actuator is also provided so that inadvertent operation of the actuator can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Summit Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Toralf H. Strand, Thomas G. Lacey
  • Patent number: 8479752
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a surface comprises a pressurized container containing a cleaning composition; a nozzle through which the composition is arranged to be dispensed, in use, upon an actuation of a valve; a shroud attached to the container and surrounding the nozzle. The shroud has a hollow generally cylindrical portion adjacent to the nozzle for guiding the dispensed product in the direction in which it leaves the nozzle, and a flared portion at the end of the cylindrical portion furthest from the nozzle forming a spreading plate for guiding the dispensed product laterally when in contact, in use, with a surface to be cleaned. The nozzle is arranged to be actuated by movement of the container towards the shroud. The device comprises a reservoir. The nozzle and shroud are configured so that, in use, the cleaning composition is directed across the surface to be cleaned and into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Duffield, Madeleine Chadwick
  • Patent number: 8453883
    Abstract: A self defense spray device comprising a spray unit having a spray canister with an irritant spray, a nozzle operable to release the irritant spray, and a first connector attached to the spray canister. The device further includes a holder having a second connector adapted to releasably engage the first connector to releasably connect the spray unit to the holder, and a safety mechanism that prevents the nozzle from releasing the spray when the spray unit is connected to the holder, thus disarming the device. Once the spray unit is removed from the holder, the safety no longer blocks the nozzle thus arming the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Bigfoot Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Sven Habermann, Brian Perrin, Freddie Tsang, Ying-Chiu Chan
  • Patent number: 8418892
    Abstract: An aerosol spray cap 1 is discussed, which comprises two separate pieces, those of a base member 10 and a rotatable twist ring 20. The base member 10 is formed as a single cast piece for removably attaching to the top of an aerosol canister, and provides an actuator button which is integrated with the fluid passageway. This integrated fluid passageway and actuator button 11 interacts with the fluid out pipe of the aerosol canister, and so allows actuation of the aerosol. The rotatable twist ring, provides a means whereby the movement of the integrated fluid passageway and actuator button 11 is prohibited, thereby locking the operation of the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Coster Tecnologie Speciali S.p.A.
    Inventor: Adalberto Geier
  • Publication number: 20130075429
    Abstract: An aerosol cap adapted to mate with a canister includes an outer hollow shell and an inner hollow shell that is partially enclosed by the outer shell and centrally disposed therein. The outer hollow shell includes at least one rib element. The inner and outer shells are physically interconnected together by the at least one rib element. The inner hollow shell includes a base ring member hingedly connected to a pod member. The pod member includes a button support for receiving a button actuator of the canister. The pod member further includes a cam profile for cooperating with the at least one rib element to transition the aerosol cap between an operative position and a non-operative position upon rotating the outer hollow shell relative to the inner hollow shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Kent A. Houser
  • Patent number: 8360280
    Abstract: The invention concerns a diffuser device for an aerosol can with secure actuation having a cap, an end piece adapted to be fixed onto a diffusion valve of the aerosol can, the end piece being moveable in a direction of actuation so as to actuate the diffusion valve. An actuator is adapted to cause movement of the end piece in the direction of actuation, the actuator having a second degree of freedom between an initial secure position in which the actuator is blocked with respect to the direction of actuation and at least one unblocked position in which an actuating movement is possible, a cut-out being provided in the cap for the actuator. The actuating has an edge surface which is located, in the initial secure position, facing a rim of the cut-out parallel to the actuating direction, the movement in the second degree of freedom being a movement of pushing-in until the edge surface is clear of the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: I.T.W. Fastex France
    Inventor: Ludovic Tournier
  • Patent number: 8333304
    Abstract: A spray control device for aerosol cans is provided having three or more dispensing positions. The positions in the preferred embodiment include “automatic” for continuous spray, “manual” for normal push-button control, and “off” to prevent spraying. Adjustment between the various positions is achieved by rotation of a centrally located, floating spray button device that nests on top of an aerosol can. The central spray button device floats within a can coupling ring to accommodate any misalignment between the spray control device and spray can, and movement of the central spray button device is guided by a pin and track combination for predictable and repeatable control over paint or other fluid application. A guide ring is press-fit into the can coupling ring, and both act as a part of the guide track for the central spray button device. The guide ring may optionally be removable to permit complete disassembly and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory A. Haage
  • Patent number: 8286830
    Abstract: An aerosol valve actuator with a top portion rotatable on a bottom portion. The entire top portion in one rotatable position is depressible vertically to actuate the valve. A click post and clicking rib provide a single click in each direction of rotation. Flanges on top and bottom portions interact to stop rotation as soon as each click occurs. Plastic springs interact with spring biasing members only when the top portion is in actuating position, and assure return of the actuator top portion to full upward position for rotation after actuation of even a short-stemmed valve. Downwardly extending flexible connecting flanges connect the actuator top and bottom portions. The top portion has a lower periphery with a plurality of upwardly extending indentations to overlie lateral ribs in the lower portion in actuation position. The top and bottom portions have interfitting cylinders to stabilize the top portion and maintain verticality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Precision Valve Corporation
    Inventor: Terry L. Hygema
  • Patent number: 8267286
    Abstract: An actuator cap for a pressurized aerosol spray can for the dispensing of marking compositions consists of an outer housing, an inner housing, and a rotatably mounted spray tip. The outer housing employs an annular chime for use with devices for remotely actuating pressurized aerosol spray cans. The inner housing connectively couples to various pressurized aerosol spray cans. The spray tip allows for efficient dispensing of marking composition through the pressurized aerosol spray can valve while also preventing accidental sideways discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas M. Smrt, John F. Smrt
  • Patent number: 8251056
    Abstract: An inhaler is provided with a closure which may be moved between a closed and open position in order to cover and uncover a mouthpiece. The closure is associated with a revolvable element including a restricting member. Movement of the closure from the open position to the closed position causes the revolvable element to revolve around an axis X thereby placing the restricting member in a restricting position which restricts relative movement between a container unit and the housing such that unintentional actuation of the inhaler is prevented. The inhaler is useful, for example, in the treatment of asthma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Allen John Pearson, Paul Kenneth Rand
  • Patent number: 8241033
    Abstract: A safety flint lighter is provided that an adult is allowed to easily make an ignition with a single action without allowing a child to easily lean how to ignite a flame. A safety flint lighter has an ignition device using a flint and a sparking file wheel and structured not permitting a child to ignite a flame. An axial hole, rotatably supporting a rotary shaft of a sparking file wheel, is in a form permitting the rotary shaft, at an axis thereof, to directly move between a first position the rotary shaft is normally hold and distant from a tank body, a second position established closer to the tank body than the first position and on an axis of a flint and a third position established oppositely to a nozzle with respect to a straight line connecting between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Aya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8127968
    Abstract: An actuator is disclosed for actuating an aerosol valve for dispensing an aerosol product from an aerosol container. The actuator comprises an actuator button being rotatable relative to a base for movement between a locked rotational position and an unlocked rotational position. The actuator button is tiltable relative to the base for actuating the aerosol valve to dispense the aerosol product when the actuator button is rotated into the unlocked rotational position. The actuator button is inhibited from tilting relative to the base when the actuator button is moved into the locked rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Aptar Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Timothy Yerby, Gerald J. Marquardt, Craig Braun, Jonathan D. Werner
  • Patent number: 8100298
    Abstract: An improved actuator is disclosed for actuating an aerosol valve for dispensing an aerosol product from an aerosol container. The improved actuator comprises a base for mounting to the aerosol container. A unitary actuator button supports a nozzle extending between the aerosol valve and a terminal orifice. The actuator button is rotatable about the base between a locked rotational position and an unlocked rotational position. The unitary actuator button is movable for pivoting the nozzle button to actuate the aerosol valve for dispensing aerosol product from the terminal orifice when the actuator button is in the unlocked rotational position. The unitary actuator button is inhibited from pivoting the nozzle button when the actuator button is rotated into the locked rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: APTARGROUP, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Marquardt, Jason A. Ksiazk, Jonathan D. Werner, Craig A. Braun, Peter J. Walters, Patrick Timothy Yerby
  • Patent number: 8096450
    Abstract: A fluid spray device comprising a reservoir (10) containing fluid; a pump or a valve (20) mounted on the reservoir (10) by means of a fixing ring (30) for selectively dispensing the fluid; and a dispenser head (40) including a dispenser orifice (45), the device further comprising an actuator device (50) that is displaceable between a rest position and a dispensing position, the actuator device (50) being displaced in a direction that is different from the direction in which the fluid is sprayed through the dispenser orifice (45), said fluid spray device being characterized in that said actuator device (50) is formed on the dispenser head (40), and co-operates with the fixing ring (30), or with an element secured thereto, in order to actuate the pump or the valve (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Serge Herry, Ludovic Petit
  • Patent number: 8066682
    Abstract: An eye drops container including a container body filled with a drug solution along with a pressurized gas and including a valve mechanism discharging a fixed amount of drug solution; a nozzle member coupled with a stem for open operation of the valve mechanism and including a drug solution drop nozzle; an operating member including an operating piece and attached to the container body; a guide member contained in the operating member and guiding the nozzle member in the axial direction; and a ball contained in the guide member. The nozzle member includes an outer flange for suspending a skirt on the lower surface thereof; the guide member includes a ring-like bottom groove into which the forward end of the skirt enters; and the ball falls into the bottom groove in an upright state to block the open operation of the valve mechanism, and falls onto the outer flange in an inverted state to permit the open operation of the valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignees: Teika Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Toyo Aerosol Industry Co., Ltd., Shinko Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahito Kimura, Kazuhide Maeda, Nobuyuki Hanai, Tomoyuki Watanabe