Tilting Nozzle Patents (Class 222/402.21)
  • Patent number: 9004063
    Abstract: An inhaler device having an air canister with a nozzle aperture and a nozzle shaft, the nozzle shaft has a first and second end, the first end is external to the canister and the second end protrudes into the canister, wherein a lip is at the second end, a gasket sandwiched between the nozzle aperture and shaft, a gasket extension extending downwardly, a spray orifice in the shaft at the first end, an external ventilation hole in the shaft external to the canister, an internal ventilation hole in the shaft, and an air channel in the nozzle shaft fluidly connected to each spray orifice, external and internal ventilation hole, wherein the nozzle shaft can move between an open and closed position, the nozzle shaft is biased in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Shane M. Guldbransen
  • Patent number: 8905273
    Abstract: The present invention is a valve for a container. The valve includes a grommet defining a channel with an inlet end and an outlet end. The valve has a stem, slideably arranged in the channel, and the grommet includes a first part provided at the inlet end and a second part provided at the outlet end. The first part has a hardness greater than the hardness of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Altachem Holding NV
    Inventor: Aster de Schrijver
  • Patent number: 8720747
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing compressed fluid from a can through a valve stem of the can has a hollow tube with a channel extending through it from an entrance end to an opposing dispensing end, a connector defining a conduit therethrough that is in fluid communication with the channel of the hollow tube and that attaches to a valve stem of a can, a plug located within the channel of the hollow tube that forms a sealing configuration within the channel when pressed towards the dispensing end of the channel, and a sleeve that wraps at least partially around the hollow tube and that has a protrusion that upon activating the sleeve extends through the dispensing end of the hollow tube and prevents the plug from establishing a sealing configuration with the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mary M. Hoagland, Peter J. Schulz, Christopher J. Siler
  • Patent number: 8596502
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pressurized can comprising a body (2), a dome (3) accommodating a valve (4), a concavely shaped bottom (5), an inner casing (7) attached to a cup (6) located in bottom (5), a push rod (9) arranged in the inner casing (7), said push rod (9) being actuated through the cup (6) and intended to force open the inner casing (7), with said inner casing (7) being joined to the cup (6) via a spring cage (11), said spring cage (11) containing a spring-loaded trigger (12) the bottom-side end of which extending through the cup (6) and acting on the push rod (9), said push rod (9) acting on a membrane (8) arranged at the valve-side end of inner casing (7), said membrane at its valve-side end sealing off the inner casing (7) hermetically against the contents of the pressurized can (1) and being forced open by the push rod (9) actuated by means of trigger element (12), with the spring cage (11) being designed so as to be closed off at its valve side and the trigger element (12) being provided at it
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kwasny GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Kwasny
  • Patent number: 8590743
    Abstract: An overcap for a dispenser includes a housing mountable on a container. The container includes a tilt-activated valve stem with a discharge end. The discharge end of the valve stem is adapted to be in fluid communication with a discharge orifice of the housing. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit includes a solenoid, a bi-metallic actuator, a piezo-linear motor, or an electro-responsive wire, which is adapted to impart transverse motion to the valve stem to open a valve of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Rene Maurice Beland, Thomas A. Helf, James F. Kimball, Edward L. Paas
  • Patent number: 8556122
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to receive a container, wherein the container includes a tilt-activated valve stem with a discharge end. The discharge end of the valve stem is adapted to be in fluid communication with a discharge orifice of the housing. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit includes a bi-metallic actuator, a piezo-linear motor, an electro-responsive wire, or a solenoid, which is adapted to impart transverse motion to a body of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Paul E. Furner, Rene Maurice Beland, James F. Kimball
  • Patent number: 8528794
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser for dispensing an adhesive or sealant from a vessel, in particular from a pressurized vessel, via a valve. For this purpose, the dispenser is equipped with a lever with a grip region for actuating the valve. The dispenser also has an attachment, on which the lever is fitted in a pivotable manner, and an actuator with a supporting region for the lever. The actuator is configured such that it can be rotated relative to the attachment, and the supporting region is therefore variable, in order to change the effective lever path for the actuation of the valve, for activating or deactivating the dispenser or for varying the volume flow as product is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Karsten Wolf, Rene Schwarz, Jan Ziegler, Kai Ruthe-Steinsiek, Birgit Rhode
  • Patent number: 8469244
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to be releasably mounted on a container having a tilt-activated valve stem. The housing includes a discharge orifice. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit is activated in response to a signal from at least a sensor, and wherein the drive unit is adapted to radially displace the tilt-activated valve stem in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Brent D. Madsen, Paul E. Furner
  • Patent number: 8419411
    Abstract: An aerosol container (1), comprising:—a reservoir (2) containing a propellant and a foodproduct;—operable discharge means (3) to discharge the foodproduct;—a dispensing head (10) defining a foodproduct receiving space (11) to receive the foodproduct from the discharge means (3), a distal part (15) of the head (10) having foodproduct shaping projections (12), wherein the foodproduct receiving space comprises an upstream foodproduct receiving space (11A, 11B) that widens, viewed in a foodproduct discharge direction, wherein a maximum diameter (D1) of the foodproduct receiving space of the dispensing head is larger than about 2 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Friesland Brands B.V.
    Inventors: Werner Marie Camiel Clauwaert, Annick Albertine Alfons Dumon, Luc Bart Spelmans, Marcel Braakhekke
  • Patent number: 8387827
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a drive unit adapted to be releasably mounted on a container having a tilt-activated valve stem. The drive unit is adapted to radially displace the tilt-activated valve stem. A flexible tube having a discharge end is fixedly held with respect to the container. The flexible tube is adapted to be in fluid communication with the tilt-activated valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas
  • Patent number: 8381951
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a tilt-activated valve stem operably connected to a valve on a container and a vibe motor in communication with the valve stem. The vibe motor is adapted to impart radial motion to the valve stem upon activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas
  • Patent number: 8371482
    Abstract: A lever of an aerosol valve having a valve stem includes a lever member having first and second end portions, a first aperture disposed in the first end portion, and a second aperture disposed between the first and second end portions. The first aperture is configured to permit the lever member to be releasably received over a valve stem of an aerosol valve in a dispensing position, in which the second end portion extends outwardly from the valve stem to provide for pivotally displacing the valve stem to dispense product therethrough. The second aperture is configured so that the lever member fits in a stored position with the second aperture around a portion of the valve stem, and the first and second end portions extending alongside the valve stem, such that the lever member may be stored under a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Clayton Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Rueschhoff, James P. McBroom, David G. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 8342365
    Abstract: An automatic touch-free dispenser provides dose dispensing of a product from a pressurized can by sensing or detecting the presence of a user's hands, and an actuator assembly which tilts the nozzle on the can in response to such detection, to thereby dispense product from the can. The can may hold a healthcare product, such as a sanitizer, food product, or any other fluid product pressurized in a can. The actuator assembly includes a DC motor which drives a cam, which in turn pushes an actuator lever into the nozzle for a certain dispensing time. The number of doses, detection range, and motor speed, can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ultraclenz, LLC
    Inventor: David L. Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 8146782
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foam head (1) for a propellant container (2) with an inner and an outer crimped edge (3, 4) of a valve disk (5). Said foam head (1) comprises an actuating button (6) and a foam discharge port (7) and is embodied so as to sit directly on a valve stem (8). A bottom section (9) of the foam head (1) has an outer diameter (10) that is approximately identical to an inner diameter (11) of the inner crimped edge (3). An outer rib (13) which faces the actuating button (6) is disposed in a lower area (12) of the bottom section (9) so as to engage underneath a bottom side (14) of the inner crimped edge (3). A lower edge (15) of the bottom section (9) is provided with at least one recess (16) in order to form an annular spring (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Wella GmbH
    Inventors: Maria Gross, Harald Lohnes, Gabriele Stolper
  • Patent number: 8118192
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and products are disclosed for locating concealed objects by discharging the contents of an aerosol container. A housing encloses an inner volume, and a hollow conduit extends along the housing. An elongate rod slides within the conduit. An actuator of the aerosol container is engaged between a discharge position and a non-discharge position by movement of the elongate rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventor: Michael Daugherty
  • Publication number: 20120006859
    Abstract: A device for dispensing material comprising a pressurized container assembly, a tilt action valve connected to the container assembly, and a two-piece actuator, including a lower piece and an upper piece, where the upper piece has a discharge nozzle orifice and also a portion to be moved by a user in the single direction of the discharge orifice to open the tilt action valve and discharge the material in the single direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Craig Martin Wilkinson, Scott Edward Smith, Luisa Navarro Cerda
  • Patent number: 8087552
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter (1) for aerosol cans, particularly for discharging mounting foams, said adapter comprising a receiving device (2) for the valve of the aerosol can, a conveying tube (3) for can content to be discharged which is arranged at the receiving device (2), a connection (4) on the conveying tube (3) to accommodate a trunk (16) used to enable the can content to be discharged in a well-aimed manner, a handle (5) to actuate the receiving device (2) counter to the valve of the can as well as holding means (6) for fixing the adapter to a crimping lip of the dome (15) of the can, with the receiving device (2) interacting with and having a sealing effect on the valve disk of the aerosol can and the receiving device (2) being flexibly integrated into the adapter (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventors: Gábor Fazekas, Hans Jürgen Werner, Rideg Mihály
  • Publication number: 20110259923
    Abstract: A plug for use in a valve system comprising a generally elongate elastically deformable plug body having a longitudinal axis and a first end and an opposing second end, said body forming a blind hole disposed extending in a longitudinal direction downwards from said first end, a flange juxtaposed with said first end and extending radially outboard, wherein said plug forms at least one orifice at least partially formed in said flange, whereby said plug is longitudinally elastically elongatable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: John Geoffrey Chan, Lawrence Edward O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20110073621
    Abstract: A lever of an aerosol valve having a valve stem includes a lever member having first and second end portions, a first aperture disposed in the first end portion, and a second aperture disposed between the first and second end portions. The first aperture is configured to permit the lever member to be releasably received over a valve stem of an aerosol valve in a dispensing position, in which the second end portion extends outwardly from the valve stem to provide for pivotally displacing the valve stem to dispense product therethrough. The second aperture is configured so that the lever member fits in a stored position with the second aperture around a portion of the valve stem, and the first and second end portions extending alongside the valve stem, such that the lever member may be stored under a cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Rueschhoff, James P. McBroom, David G. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 7845518
    Abstract: A product packaging and dispensing assembly includes one or more containers containing a product. The assembly includes a dispensing device which is movable relative to the container in a swiveling or rocking motion to actuate an actuator rod of the container. In addition, an arrangement is provided which limits displacement of the dispensing device to prevent or minimize movement of the dispensing device in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the actuator rod, and also to limit swiveling movement in a direction opposite to that utilized for actuation of the actuator rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Pierre-Andre Lasserre, Marcel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7819288
    Abstract: A combination includes a product container having a longitudinal dimension and a valve oriented to discharge product generally longitudinally therefrom. Valve actuating apparatus extends laterally from the valve in a direction transverse to the longitudinal dimension and terminates at an outer peripheral surface. A housing has a wall that tapers to a discharge opening, and the discharge opening has a size larger than a radius of the container but smaller than the greatest lateral extent of the valve actuating apparatus. The outer peripheral surface is disposed in interfering relationship with the wall when the container is disposed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Healy, Allen D. Miller, Nathan R. Westphal, Simon M. Conway, Scott W. Demarest
  • Patent number: 7757906
    Abstract: A device comprises a container includes a dispensing mechanism for enabling pressurized dispensable contents contained within an interior space of the container to be selectively dispensed therefrom. A retention clip structure is attached to an exterior portion of the container and includes a clip portion that is biased to a closed configuration for enabling the clip portion to securely engage a portion of an article for attaching the container to the article. A cap assembly includes a cap body attached to the container and a trigger moveably attached to the cap body. The trigger includes a handle portion and a dispensing mechanism engagement portion attached to the handle portion. The handle portion is movable from a rest position to a displaced position for causing the dispensing mechanism actuation portion to act on the dispensing mechanism such that the pressurized dispensable contents are dispensed from within the interior space of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Barry
  • Patent number: 7748568
    Abstract: An assembly for packaging and a dispensing a product includes at least one container containing a product, with the container including an actuation rod. A dispensing device is provided which can actuate the actuation rod in order to dispense the product through a dispensing aperture. Advantageously, the dispensing device is positionable in at least two different positions, including: (1) a use position in which the actuation device can rock or tilt the actuation rod to dispense the product, but in which the dispensing device does not move the actuation rod along its longitudinal axis, and (2) an intermediate position in which the dispensing device is not in fluid communication with the actuation rod. The arrangement can advantageously avoid dispensing of the product or products when such dispensing is not desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Pierre-Andre Lasserre, Marcel Sanchez, Philippe Briand
  • Patent number: 7644839
    Abstract: A housing can be mounted to a pistol or other weapon and conveniently fired therefrom and can be used as a discrete weapon itself. A cap has a central aperture which secures the nozzle and/or valve stem of a canister of chemical irritant from movement and is secured to the proximal end of a hollow tube. A feature of the new invention is a slot access running along the length of the tube for some distance from its distal end. The tube may be either open or closed at its distal end. Toward the distal end of the tube, an interior ridge or stop cooperates with the cap aperture to secure the canister of irritant. When a canister is installed in the housing, the operator can release an irritant spray axially from the canister by pressing a digit against the side of the canister's storage cylinder and, thereby, displace its longitudinal axis along an arc. The housing need have no other mechanisms, except the housing and canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: James F. McNulty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7637399
    Abstract: A spray discharge cap for a sprayer having a valve, comprising: a spray release top attachment including a retainer ring and an actuation element which is hinged to said retainer ring, an outlet tube having an outlet opening and an inlet opening that is connected to said valve, a piston element movably disposed in said outlet tube which is in a position closing said outlet opening if said actuation element is not depressed, and which is movable inside said outlet tube via a dog mechanism, wherein said dog mechanism interacts with said actuation element in such a way that if said actuation element is depressed said piston element is in a position releasing said outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lindal Ventil GmbH
    Inventors: Alain Marroncles, Herve Bodet
  • Patent number: 7600659
    Abstract: An aerosol system for dispensing sprayable material in a desired spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Homax Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lester R. Greer, Jr., Donald J. Stern, James A. Tryon
  • Patent number: 7540397
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a post-foaming gel soap is disclosed. The dispenser includes a housing containing a first actuator and a second actuator. A motor is operatively connected to said first and second actuator. A circuit is connected to said motor, as well as a sensor assembly and a power supply. In operation, said first and second actuator moves a stem valve and a cylindrical pump located on a reservoir containing a gel soap and an inert propellant gas. The cylindrical pump operates on a piston principle and also closes to prevent any dripping after use. Further disclosed are various methods of accurately dispensing a consistent dose of gel soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Technical Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Muderlak, Sean Bellinger, Rocky Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20090045219
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing adapted to be releasably mounted on a container having a tilt-activated valve stem. The housing includes a discharge orifice. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit is activated in response to a signal from at least a sensor, and wherein the drive unit is adapted to radially displace the tilt-activated valve stem in response to the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Brent D. Madsen, Paul E. Furner
  • Publication number: 20090045218
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a tilt-activated valve stem operably connected to a valve on a container and a vibe motor in communication with the valve stem. The vibe motor is adapted to impart radial motion to the valve stem upon activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas
  • Publication number: 20090020568
    Abstract: An aerosol dispenser has a canister to contain a liquid product to be dispensed together with a propellant present at least partly as a gas and valve (10) to control the release of the liquid product from the canister. The dispenser also has a vapour phase tap for introducing a portion of the gaseous propellant into the liquid product as it is dispensed. The invention is characterised in that the dispenser has a flow control means for varying the rate at which the propellant gas is introduced into the liquid product through the vapour phase tape in dependence on the pressure of the contents of the canister The flow control means can be used to reduce the amount of propellant gas bled into the liquid product, particularly when the dispenser is full and the pressure in the canister is high, as a means of conserving the propellant gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: Leafgreen Limited
    Inventors: Keith Laidler, Kevin Laidler
  • Patent number: 7464839
    Abstract: One disadvantage during delivery of products such as foams, for instance shaving foam or gel, self-foaming products and other products that are applied with a pressurized system from a conventional, pressurized dispenser container with the aid of known dispenser heads that can be inserted into the delivery valve of the dispenser container is that the pressurized product remaining in the delivery channel continues to be pressed out in small amounts in an uncontrolled manner after utilization despite the fact that the delivery valve is closed. In order to eliminate said disadvantage, the dispenser head (1) is configured with an additional closing device (1?) that automatically opens the delivery hole (3) and automatically closes it after the dispensing process is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: RPC Wiko GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Heukamp
  • Publication number: 20080302834
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for containing a liquid and a propelling gas, in which the container comprises a valve for expelling the liquid from the container through the propelling gas during operating the valve, in which the valve comprises an operating element connected with the valve, and wherein the valve is adapted to be opened when the operating element is moved from its rest position, wherein a tilting element is connected tiltably around a single tilting axis with the container, that the tilting element is coupled mechanically with the operating element for moving the operating element from its rest position during tilting of the tilting element. The consequence of this feature is that the valve is easily operable by executing a tilting movement. A tilting movement is a rotational movement which is easier operated by a human being than the pressing on a push button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: SHU PACKAGING PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventors: Henricus Maria Lambert Johan Gadet, Bert Johannes Gerhardus Van Der Aa
  • Publication number: 20080277411
    Abstract: An overcap for a dispenser includes a housing mountable on a container. The container includes a tilt-activated valve stem with a discharge end. The discharge end of the valve stem is adapted to be in fluid communication with a discharge orifice of the housing. A drive unit is disposed within the housing, wherein the drive unit includes a solenoid, a bi-metallic actuator, a piezo-linear motor, or an electro-responsive wire, which is adapted to impart transverse motion to the valve stem to open a valve of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Rene Maurice Beland, Thomas A. Helf, James F. Kimball, Edward L. Paas
  • Patent number: 7364055
    Abstract: A tilting valve for dispensing a product from a pressurized container includes an opening/closing element with at least two inlet apertures. The opening/closing element is capable, in response to a force transmitted to the opening/closing element laterally to a longitudinal axis of the tilting valve, of moving from a closed position to a first open position in which the product under pressure is dispensed at a first flow rate. The opening/closing element is further capable, in response to a force transmitted to the opening/closing element parallel to the longitudinal axis, of moving from the closed position to a second open position in which the product is dispensed at a second flow rate different from the first flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Yquel, Guiseppe Dalsant
  • Patent number: 7341056
    Abstract: A portable oxygen supply unit for breathable air with an enhanced oxygen content has a tilt valve in a mounting cup on a pressurized container containing medical or aviators oxygen. A hollow housing is sealed to the mounting cup. The hollow housing is flowably connected to a mouthpiece and to an inlet for ambient air. A user can open the tilt valve with an actuator that is slidable in the hollow housing. When the valve is open, the pressurized oxygen flows into the hollow housing. As the user inhales through the mouthpiece the oxygen released from the container is diluted with ambient air drawn through the inlet for efficient use of the oxygen dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: The Big Ox, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7246722
    Abstract: A bottom dispensing aerosol device is disclosed comprising an aerosol container with an aerosol valve located at a bottom portion of the aerosol container. A coupling mounts an undercap to the aerosol container with a top portion of the undercap being adjacent to a bottom portion of the aerosol container. A bottom portion of the undercap supports the aerosol container on a supporting surface in an inverted position. An actuator is provided for opening the aerosol valve for discharging the aerosol product from the aerosol container when the bottom portion of the undercap is supporting the aerosol container in the inverted position on a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing Foreign
    Inventors: Peter J. Walters, Jason A. Ksiazk, Sean H. Cho
  • Patent number: 7222758
    Abstract: A standard stem and nozzle arrangement for a pressurized dispensing container which dispenses product such as caulk, has an engagement that holds the stem to the sealing boot so that when the nozzle is rotated, the stem will stay in place. Thus, any binding between nozzle and stem due to cured or dried dispensed product can be overcome by twisting the nozzle hard enough to break such a seal without causing the stem to rotate. The engagement is shown as a set of wedge-like projections that extend up from the button of the stem into the resilient sealing boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Christian T. Scheindel
  • Patent number: 7204393
    Abstract: A spray actuator for a pressurized aerosol canister that simplifies the mechanical moving parts of a spray actuator to a body and a trigger and a third nozzle piece being inserted at the very end of the product dispensing passage either in the body or the trigger. The moveable trigger rotates about a pivot or hinge point on the body and is biased by engagement with the valve stem or an additional spring return into a neutral unactuated position where the product is not dispensed. When dispensing of the product is desired, the user grasps the actuator and pulls the trigger against the body and overcomes the bias of the valve stem and the valve is actuated as discussed above to dispense the pressurized aerosol product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Summit Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Toralf H. Strand
  • Patent number: 7137537
    Abstract: The inventive dispenser comprises a cap and dispenser tube assembly for delivering a foamed product below the surface of a liquid through the dispenser tube. The dispenser tube pivots between a dispensing position and a non-dispensing stowed position, which allows for convenient cleaning of the dispensing tube. The cap further comprises a removable portion between a first and second section of the cap that restricts movement to prevent operation of the dispensing valve until the removable portion is detached by the consumer. The cap also includes a tamper resistant removable pull tab for securing the dispenser tube in the stowed position until the pull tab is detached by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Clayton Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Rueschhoff, James P. McBroom, Gregory S. Ludbrook, Joseph C. Lott, Richard A. Berger
  • Patent number: 7097078
    Abstract: A dispensing cap and a container having a dispensing cap are provided in which the dispensing cap includes first and second parts designed for mounting onto a container. The dispensing cap includes: (a) a first part fitted with an interior output orifice suitable for allowing selective communication with the container interior; and (b) a second part through a conduit extends and which opens at a dispensing outlet. The second part is arranged so that it can rotate on axis Y, which is aligned obliquely to an axis X of the container, in such a way as to move from a closed position at which the second part will seal off the interior output orifice to a dispensing position in which the interior output orifice will communicate with the dispensing outlet by way of the conduit. In addition, the dispensing cap is configured in such a way as to activate a dispensing member provided on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Marcel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7004359
    Abstract: A spraying cap for a spray container with a valve includes an attachment for the spray container with a connection piece that is connectable with the valve, which runs into a spray nozzle. The spraying cap further includes an actuator element, slewably mounted on the attachment, which in a locked position at least partly covers the spray nozzle and in an opened position sticks off from the spraying cap, and a pressure region in the attachment proximate to the connection piece. A force on the pressure region or on the actuator element in its opened position, wholly or partly pointing into the actuation direction of the valve, opens the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Lindal Ventil GmbH
    Inventor: Alain Marroncles
  • Patent number: 6918516
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing a product from a container is disclosed. The dispenser includes a product chamber within the container; a valve adjacent to the product chamber; a hinge assembly secured to the opening of the container and to which is connected a nozzle assembly; and a lever attached by means of the hinge assembly. The nozzle assembly includes an actuator portion provided with a lever bearing surface which co-operates with a bearing portion on the lever such that operation of the lever causes movement of the actuator portion to open the valve and permit flow of the product out of the container. The nozzle assembly includes at least one dog tooth and the hinge assembly includes at least one slot, such that the valve can open only when the dog tooth is aligned with the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Rocep Lusol Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Bernard Derek Frutin
  • Patent number: 6874663
    Abstract: A plastic dispensing actuator for a pressurized container used to dispense product has a dispensing nozzle that is mounted on the tilt valve of the container and a lever attached to the dispensing nozzle. The lever is attached by a living hinge to the wall of the nozzle. The lever is in the normal vertically aligned state for storage and shipment. It is rotated about the hinge to a horizontal dispensing state whereby actuation of the lever by depressing it causes the nozzle and the valve to tilt thereby dispensing product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Christian T. Scheindel
  • Patent number: 6827239
    Abstract: A dispensing head for dispensing a product from a receptacle associated with an actuatable dispensing element. The dispensing head comprises a first element defining a channel passing through the first element, and a second element. The first element may be configured to be coupled to the actuatable dispensing element. The first element may further define at least one inner outlet orifice. The channel may be configured to pass product from the actuatable dispensing element to the at least one inner outlet orifice. The second element may define at least one dispensing orifice. The second element may be configured to be displaced relative to the first element from a first position, where actuation of the actuatable dispensing element is prevented and the dispensing orifice is closed by the first element, to a second position, where actuation of the actuatable dispensing element is allowed and the at least one dispensing orifice is at least partly open and communicates with the at least one inner outlet orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Pierr-André Lasserre, Marcel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6820777
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus (10) for dispensing a product from a container (12) includes: a product chamber within the container (12); a valve (14) adjacent to the product chamber; a hinge assembly secured to the opening of the container and to which is connected a nozzle assembly (20); and a lever (18) attached by a hinge assembly. The nozzle assembly (20) is rotatable between open and closed positions and includes an actuator portion provided with a cam surface (96, 98) which co-operates with a bearing portion (100) on the lever (18) such that, when the nozzle assembly (20) is in the open position, operation of the lever (18) causes movement of the actuator portion to open the valve (14) and permit flow of the product out of the container (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Rocep Lusol Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Bernard Derek Frutin
  • Publication number: 20040124217
    Abstract: A tilting valve for dispensing a product from a pressurized container includes an opening/closing element with at least two inlet apertures. The opening/closing element is capable, in response to a force transmitted to the opening/closing element laterally to a longitudinal axis of the tilting valve, of moving from a closed position to a first open position in which the product under pressure is dispensed at a first flow rate. The opening/closing element is further capable, in response to a force transmitted to the opening/closing element parallel to the longitudinal axis, of moving from the closed position to a second open position in which the product is dispensed at a second flow rate different from the first flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Yquel, Guiseppe Dalsant
  • Patent number: 6685064
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus (10) for dispensing a product from a container (12) includes: a product chamber within the container (12); a valve (14) adjacent to the product chamber; a hinge assembly secured to the opening of the container and to which is connected a nozzle assembly (20); and a lever (18) attached by means of the hinge assembly. The nozzle assembly (20) is rotatable between open and closed positions and includes an actuator portion provided with a cam surface (96, 98) which co-operates with a bearing portion (100) on the lever (18) such that, when the nozzle assembly (20) is in the open position, operation of the lever (18) causes movement of the actuator portion to open the valve (14) and permit flow of the product out of the container (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Rocep Lusol Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Bernard Derek Frutin
  • Publication number: 20040011824
    Abstract: An inverted aerosol dispensing device is disclosed having an undercap rotatably secured to the aerosol container with a bottom portion of the undercap supporting the aerosol container on a supporting surface to store the aerosol dispensing device in an inverted position. The undercap is rotatable into a first rotational position for enabling an actuator to discharge an aerosol product in a generally downwardly direction. The undercap is rotatable into a second rotational position for inhibiting the actuator from moving the valve stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Applicant: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Walters, Patrick Timothy Yerby, Craig A. Braun
  • Patent number: 6619515
    Abstract: An aerosol tilt valve has an integrated molded hollow stem shaft and molded conical stem cup. An upper outer circumferential edge of the stem cup normally fully seals, except when the valve is tilted, against a gasket surrounding the stem shaft. The outer lower wall of the stem shaft and the inner wall of the stem cup define an annular space. At least one molded metering orifice below the upper edge of the stem cup extends from the annular space through the stem shaft. The stem shaft is molded with a molded annular recess about the lower shaft end and with the at least one molded metering orifice. The molded stem shaft is inserted in a mold cavity. A lower portion of an annular shield blocks the metering orifice, and together with the mold cavity and lower part of the stem shaft, defines the stem cup shape. The stem cup is molded having an annular projection extending into the annular recess to form a strong and fully integrated stem cup and stem shaft functioning essentially as one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Precision Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Abplanalp, Louis Pericard, Gunter Kolanus
  • Patent number: 6607106
    Abstract: An improved tilt-type aerosol valve for use with a pressurized whipped cream dispenser. The valve including a radially slotted “fast fill” valve body and further including an actuator with an at least three-pronged flow deflector for minimizing sputtering of the dispensed product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Conagra Dairy Food Research Center
    Inventors: Thomas Henry, Jerome Smith