Screw With Terminal Outlet Only Patents (Class 222/413)
  • Patent number: 10300645
    Abstract: An injection device includes a spline supporting member rotatably supporting a spline shaft and attached to a pressure plate, and a nut supporting member rotatably supporting a spline nut and attached to a rear plate. The spline supporting member is provided with a spline positioning mechanism for adjusting the mounting position of the spline supporting member. The nut supporting member is provided with a nut positioning mechanism for adjusting the mounting position of the nut supporting member. The spline supporting member and the nut supporting member are formed with holes for axial-center checking, rods being inserted through the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 10071863
    Abstract: A method for providing material to a gasifier. The method comprises providing a feedstock. A flow of the feedstock is formed. The flow is then delivered to a gasifier such that it provides a substantially airtight seal to the gasifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Mark E. Koenig, Larry E. Koenig
  • Patent number: 9833808
    Abstract: A material dispensing pump includes a drip prevention system and method so as to avoid undesired dripping of the dispensed fluid. In one example, the fluid path is sealed. Positive pressure is applied to the fluid during a dispensing operation to present the fluid to the auger-style pump at a desired rate. Between dispensing operations, or when dispensing is completed, the fluid is placed in suspension, for example by applying a negative pressure, thereby preventing the fluid from being inadvertently released at the dispense tip. In addition, following a dispensing operation, the pump dispensing controller can be programmed to reverse the rotation of the feed screw, in order to draw the material in a reverse direction and to further suspend the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Patent number: 9211830
    Abstract: A feed transport trailer with a low center of gravity is particularly useful for transportation of particulate material. A storage vessel is attached to a frame assembly which is lower than the attachment point on a tractor. The storage vessel has a central low conveyor mechanism that extends to the rear of the trailer and is used for unloading. The conveyor extends beyond rear axles that have center depressed areas to allow the vessel and conveyor to be located close to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hensley Fabricating & Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hensley, Travis Hensley, Gregg Hensley, Jim Poisel
  • Patent number: 9108215
    Abstract: A material dispensing pump includes a drip prevention system and method so as to avoid undesired dripping of the dispensed fluid. In one example, the fluid path is sealed. Positive pressure is applied to the fluid during a dispensing operation to present the fluid to the auger-style pump at a desired rate. Between dispensing operations, or when dispensing is completed, the fluid is placed in suspension, for example by applying a negative pressure, thereby preventing the fluid from being inadvertently released at the dispense tip. In addition, following a dispensing operation, the pump dispensing controller can be programmed to reverse the rotation of the feed screw, in order to draw the material in a reverse direction and to further suspend the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Patent number: 9010583
    Abstract: An improved undercounter ice dispenser is disclosed that has a multiple piece auger made in sections for moving ice from the dispenser bin to its ice chute. The auger ice chute invention includes a sensor to reduce ice jamming and to detect when the ice chute is filled or needs filling and works in conjunction with a paddle on the auger to help make the transition. Proportional size ice quantities may also be selected via an interface and auger control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Scott Sevcik, Dusan N. Ivancevic, Andrew J. Sanguinet, Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Andrew J. Tobler, Peter S. Tinucci, Vincenzo DiFatta
  • Patent number: 8991142
    Abstract: An apparatus for accurately dosing moist smokeless tobacco includes a dosing assembly and a dosing air source. The dosing assembly defines a loading chamber and a dosing chamber for containing a quantity of moist smokeless tobacco material. The dosing assembly also includes a discharge opening communicating with the dosing chamber. The dosing air source communicates with the dosing chamber and is operable to deliver compressed air to the dosing assembly so as to move moist smokeless tobacco material from the dosing chamber to the discharge opening. A method of pouching moist smokeless tobacco includes placing a predetermined quantity of moist smokeless tobacco in a dosing chamber having a predetermined volume, and ejecting the predetermined quantity of moist smokeless tobacco to pouching apparatus using compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8905329
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing a thin article or a thin coating on a previously manufactured solid body. At least two reactive polymer materials are mixed together thoroughly and die resultant mixture is discharged via a nozzle in the form of a thin tube. This thin tube is pulverized or atomized by means of the introduction of a controlled flow of pressurized air with the result that die pulverized mixture may be sprayed onto an open mold or onto a surface or onto a previously manufactured solid body which is to be coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Stemma Srl
    Inventor: Ettore Bordin
  • Patent number: 8870024
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for gravity feeding of a dispensable product includes containing means and dispensing means. The containing means is adapted to contain the dispensable product and is operatively connected to the dispensing means whereby the dispensing means includes a chute means. Rotation of the chute means can cause the dispensable product to be able to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Durapod Systems Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Antonio Dos Santos Mendes, Kenneth Christie Hargraves
  • Patent number: 8857675
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for the metered filling of bulk material having a metering screw (16), which is arranged in a hollow cylinder shaped metering tube (12) and which can be slid in a longitudinal axis (L) of the metering tube (12), having a closing head (18) for closing a metering opening (14), wherein the closing head (18) has a substantially conical surface (20) and the metering tube (12) transitions after the metering opening (14) into a hollow cylinder shaped mouthpiece (32) having a larger inner diameter (DMi) compared to the inner diameter (dRi) of the metering tube (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Gysel, Hansruedi Frueh, Tobias Bury
  • Patent number: 8834013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering device for supplying devices such as, for example, extruders, injection molding machines or the like with bulk materials such as pellets, chips, granules, powders, flakes, grains, flour or the like, having a housing. It is demonstrated how an optimally smooth passage of such bulk materials through such a metering device is possible without there being any possibility of nests forming and throughflow being hindered in the feed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Woywod Kunststoffmachinen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Reinhold Bollschweiler
  • Patent number: 8701946
    Abstract: A material dispensing pump includes a drip prevention system and method so as to avoid undesired dripping of the dispensed fluid. In one example, the fluid path is sealed. Positive pressure is applied to the fluid during a dispensing operation to present the fluid to the auger-style pump at a desired rate. Between dispensing operations, or when dispensing is completed, the fluid is placed in suspension, for example by applying a negative pressure, thereby preventing the fluid from being inadvertently released at the dispense tip. In addition, following a dispensing operation, the pump dispensing controller can be programmed to reverse the rotation of the feed screw, in order to draw the material in a reverse direction and to further suspend the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Publication number: 20140021224
    Abstract: A dosing apparatus for the delivery of a substance in discrete form comprises a conveying element in which the discharge end thereof is a close fit in a discharge bushing thereby to ensure that the correct dosage of substance is discharged on a consistent basis. At least a portion of the conveying element located adjacent the discharge wall has a sharp edge for an easy breaking of larger particles of the feeding substance to ensure accurate dosage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: CAVADISTRIB. INC.
    Inventor: René MASSICOTTE
  • Patent number: 8622257
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Patent number: 8523021
    Abstract: A feeding device, particularly for feeding powdered materials into a device processing the same, in particular an extruder, the feeding device including a housing with a receiving region for receiving the material, which is movable laterally over at least one flexible wall, which is movable by at least one moving mechanical element acting thereon, wherein the element is movable along the wall. The wall exterior has bumps, is moved via the element, and/or the element is non-round in its motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Walter, Robert Rein
  • Publication number: 20130213998
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC.
    Inventor: BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC.
  • Patent number: 8496135
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for administering micro-ingredient feed additives to animal feed rations. The apparatus may be referred to as a system which includes a number of discrete components which cooperate together to ultimately deliver micro-ingredients to a desired location, such as a feed mixer containing a feed ration. Structure is provided for storing, measuring, dispensing, and conveying the micro-ingredients. Measuring of the micro-ingredients may be achieved by loss in weight, gain in weight, or volumetric metering methods. Transport by a liquid carrier such as water may be achieved by providing one or a plurality of conveyance pumps connected to a transport line. The system is operated by a control unit which controls components of the system to achieve delivery of specified amounts and types of micro-ingredients to the feed ration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Animal Health International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Hoff, Greg Moore
  • Patent number: 8469231
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus, which is capable of delivering precise quantities of a liquid product less than one mm3 in size, includes a drive mechanism, a housing made up of at least two input channels coupled to a chamber made up of a first portion and a second portion. First and second component liquids are delivered via the first and second input channels respectively to the chamber and the first and second input channels are disposed so that interaction is hindered between the first component liquid and the second component liquid in either input channel. At least one feed screw with a helical thread is disposed in the chamber such that when the at least one feed screw is rotated by the drive mechanism the first and second component liquids are mixed to form a liquid product and the feed screw rotation also discharges the liquid product from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Timothy D. Strecker
  • Publication number: 20130126556
    Abstract: A topping dispenser includes a refrigerated cabinet for storing one or more toppings therein. An automated dispense mechanism operates to dispense predetermined amounts of the topping from the cabinet, using a weighing system to measure the appropriate amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Riester, Gordon Gene Erickson, Bruce Hamilton Koerner, Cheryl Therese Mathena
  • Patent number: 8439227
    Abstract: A viscous liquid material discharging method and apparatus can minimize the problem of wear of a sealing member due to friction, and minimize a rotational force required at the time of starting discharge of a highly-viscous liquid material. The apparatus includes a screw having a helical blade which is axially provided over a surface of a rod-like member, a rotation driving mechanism for rotating the screw, a main body having a screw insertion bore in which the screw is inserted, a liquid material supply port formed in a lateral side of the screw insertion bore, and a liquid material supply flow passage communicating with the liquid material supply port, a sealing member which is disposed in the screw insertion bore and through which the screw penetrates, and a nozzle mounted to the main body and communicating with the screw insertion bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Musashi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 8397948
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8328051
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a powder filler system incorporating a pair of symmetrical agitators within a hopper, containing powder and having an upper cylindrical portion and a lower funnel portion. Each agitator includes: a first bar extending from the top of the hopper to a tubular section of the funnel portion; a second bar connected to the first bar and extending towards an interface between the upper cylindrical and lower funnel portions of the hopper; a third bar connected to both the first and second bars such that it is approximately parallel to an angled sidewall of a conical section of the funnel portion; and vertically oriented and angled fins connected between the second and third bars. Agitators configured in this manner maintain the powder at an essentially uniform density within the hopper; move the powder towards the auger such that cavitations/starvations are avoided; and ensure a steady discharge flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Fumii Higuchi, Wayne Louie
  • Patent number: 8323582
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for quantitatively supplying a liquid in a plasma sterilization system. The device includes a quantitative cylinder, a quantitative piston and a quantitative basket. The quantitative cylinder includes a quantitative inlet pipe, which is configured such that the outlet of a liquid container is inserted thereinto, and a liquid in the liquid container is vertically supplied to the quantitative cylinder, and a quantitative outlet pipe, which is configured such that the liquid is vertically drained from the quantitative cylinder. The quantitative piston is configured to rectilinearly reciprocate in the quantitative cylinder, and is provided with a quantitative transfer depression, which is formed in the leading end thereof to a predetermined depth. The quantitative basket is configured to quantitatively receive the liquid according to the rectilinear reciprocation of the quantitative piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Human Meditek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Suek Ko
  • Patent number: 8313269
    Abstract: Pneumatic particulate material fill systems and methods are disclosed. A particulate material fill system includes a cyclone separator having an inlet adapted to receive pneumatically conveyed particulate material. The cyclone separator has a first outlet adapted to vent air and a second outlet adapted to discharge solids. The particulate material fill system includes a tank adapted to receive solids discharged from the cyclone separator via the second outlet. The tank is adapted for use at atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Adam Fisher, Calvin Lynn Stegemoeller
  • Publication number: 20120279999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for the metered filling of bulk material having a metering screw (16), which is arranged in a hollow cylinder shaped metering tube (12) and which can be slid in a longitudinal axis (L) of the metering tube (12), having a closing head (18) for closing a metering opening (14), wherein the closing head (18) has a substantially conical surface (20) and the metering tube (12) transitions after the metering opening (14) into a hollow cylinder shaped mouthpiece (32) having a larger inner diameter (DMi) compared to the inner diameter (dRi) of the metering tube (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Gysel, Hansruedi Frueh, Tobias Bury
  • Patent number: 8302821
    Abstract: There is provided a paste application device which can solve problems of an increased exclusively occupied space attributed to an arrangement of a syringe and of deterioration of a tube. In a paste application unit 15 (a paste application device) for applying a paste 7 stored in a syringe 16 to an application target material, a configuration is adopted in which a pump mechanism 18 for sending the paste 7 under pressure is formed by causing a discharge thread portion 32b provided at a lower portion of a rotary member 32 to rotate about an axis AX within a discharge space 31b provided in a casing portion 31, in which a discharge port 17a, which communicates with the discharge space 31b, is provided at an end portion of the casing portion 31, and in which the syringe 16 is disposed coaxially with the rotary member 32 for detachable connection thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuzuru Inaba, Osamu Okuda
  • Patent number: 8272501
    Abstract: A pneumatically driven powder feeder system which is partly disposed within a municipal sewer for the purpose of providing periodic dispersal of wastewater treatment powder. A pneumatic source apparatus is disposed outside the sewer and provides a pneumatic source regulated by a solenoid valve control system. A pneumatically driven powder feeder apparatus is disposed in the sewer and is connected to the pneumatic source by a feed line. In response to periodic delivery of the pneumatic source to the pneumatically driven powder feeder apparatus, the powder is delivered to the wastewater of the sewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Curcuri, Jack T. Curcuri
  • Patent number: 8220669
    Abstract: A material dispensing pump includes a drip prevention system and method so as to avoid undesired dripping of the dispensed fluid. In one example, the fluid path is sealed. Positive pressure is applied to the fluid during a dispensing operation to present the fluid to the auger-style pump at a desired rate. Between dispensing operations, or when dispensing is completed, the fluid is placed in suspension, for example by applying a negative pressure, thereby preventing the fluid from being inadvertently released at the dispense tip. In addition, following a dispensing operation, the pump dispensing controller can be programmed to reverse the rotation of the feed screw, in order to draw the material in a reverse direction and to further suspend the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Publication number: 20120145746
    Abstract: A dosing apparatus for the delivery of a substance in discrete form comprises a conveying element in which the discharge end thereof is a close fit in a discharge bushing thereby to ensure that the correct dosage of substance is discharged on a consistent basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: René Massicotte
  • Patent number: 8186544
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Publication number: 20120118916
    Abstract: A feeding device for an in-line screw machine with a shaft rotating in a feed container. A conveying screw is arranged in the direction toward the longitudinal axis of the rotating shaft. At least one disk wheel is allocated to each longitudinal side in the feed container. A separate drive is allocated to each disk wheel for purposes of rotational movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Markus Rosam, Mikael Tekneyan, Hisham Kamal
  • Publication number: 20120118919
    Abstract: A bag construction is provided comprising a bag, a first conduit sealed to the feed bag, an impeller device secured within the bag and extending from the first conduit in the bag to a second end and a one piece cap that is removably mounted on the first conduit. Optionally, the bag has a second conduit sealed to the interior of the bag for supplying wash reagent such as gas or a liquid to the bag. The impeller device is driven to cause all material in the bag to flow out the first conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Cianciolo
  • Patent number: 8141752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hand-held applicator unit for viscous materials having a screw pump disposed in a pump casing which is in communication with a drive, wherein the pump inlet has a product intake with a flexible supply line and the pump outlet contains a shaped mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: NETZSCH-Mohnopumpen GmbH
    Inventors: Marianne Weiss, Stefan Gumpp, Ingo Dunker
  • Patent number: 8141750
    Abstract: A storage container for granular fuel, comprising a lower, essentially horizontal, limiting surface and at least one adjoining lateral limiting surface, a feeding out device with an axial extension that considerably exceeds its radial extension, the feeding out device being arranged along at least 50%, preferably at least 75%, and even more preferred at least 90% of the axial extension of said lower limiting surface, a forward-feeding device arranged to transport said fuel in a direction towards said feeding out device, comprising a flexible bag that via a pressurized air inlet is inflatable and that is arranged in connection with at least a portion of the storage container's lower limiting surface and its adjoining lateral limiting surface, the feeding out device being arranged inside said storage container and the bag also comprising at least one outlet for pressurized air, whereby a flow of pressurized air is allowed through the bag during the inflation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Janfire AB
    Inventors: Robert Ingvarsson, Brian Larsson
  • Patent number: 8136706
    Abstract: Screw feeder (1) for transporting and/or metering pulverulent or granular material, having a rotatably mounted feeder screw (3) for the transport of material from a storage vessel (2) to a discharge opening (6), and having a variable-speed motor (4) for driving the feeder screw, characterized in that the speed is controlled by a programmable regulating device (7) which regulates the speed of the motor as a function of the respectively determined rotary position of the feeder screw within one full worm revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Dirk Jung
  • Publication number: 20120024893
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8104648
    Abstract: An applicator mixes an additive with a fluid stream and dispenses the resultant mixture. The applicator includes a housing having a fluid inlet, a downstream auger chamber, a downstream mixing chamber, and a flow path fluidly connecting the fluid inlet to the mixing chamber. A turbine auger assembly including an auger and a rotor is rotatably connected to the housing to move the additive towards the mixing chamber, help mix the additive with the fluid stream, and then disperse the mixture to the auger chamber, which includes a hopper port and a downstream auger chamber exit exposed to the mixing chamber. The turbine auger assembly is rotatably connected to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: The Fountainhead Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario J. Restive, Jeffrey James Birt, Thomas Lowell Waggoner
  • Patent number: 8099981
    Abstract: An apparatus for preheating a batch (12) of glass cullet which is preferably enriched with raw materials for glass production, comprising a bunker (14) preferably having flow ducts for the passage of warm (off)gas. To discharge the preheated batch of glass cullet from the bunker, the apparatus has one or more discharge worms (26), by way of which the batch of glass cullet can be conveyed to at least one outflow opening (28) in the base region of the bunker (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ardagh Glass GmbH
    Inventors: Hansjurgen Barklage, Wolfgang Cieleback, Rolf Schaper
  • Publication number: 20100314419
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a powder dispensing assembly including a housing, a hopper assembly comprising one or more hoppers for containing powders to be dispensed contained within said housing, an outlet passage engaged with the hopper assembly for discharging selected amounts of powder from the hopper assembly and a powder moving assembly contained within each hopper for moving powder within the hopper assembly to the outlet passage. A trigger mechanism is also incorporated which initiates the powder moving assembly for dispensing the powder. A printed circuit board (printed circuit board) is activated by the trigger mechanism and sends a signal to a media content delivery system. The media content delivery system delivers an audio, video, or audiovisual message to the user of the dispensing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Bryan Real, Robert Long
  • Patent number: 7841204
    Abstract: Provided is an ice dispensing apparatus. The ice dispenser discharges a predetermined number of ice pieces at a time, and thus malfunctioning or errors caused by bottleneck condition can be prevented. Furthermore, inside a case of the ice dispenser, pieces of ice can be effectively prevented from sticking to each other in a simple way, and thus the reliability of products can be increased. The ice dispensing apparatus includes a case, a driving unit, and a regulator. The case includes an inlet receiving ice and an outlet discharging ice. The driving unit is disposed inside or outside the case. The regulator is disposed in the case at a predetermined side and rotatable by the driving unit. The regulator includes a spiral blade having a predetermined blade interval. A predetermined number of pieces of ice are guided by rotation of the spiral blade to the outlet of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Jae Kim, Chang Ho Seo, Nam Gi Lee
  • Patent number: 7832598
    Abstract: A bulk foodstuff dispenser for dispensing predetermined amounts of foodstuff from a hopper. An auger is driven by a handle capable of movement in two directions, while a clutch allows movement of the auger in only one direction. The forward movement of the handle causes the auger to rotate and move foodstuff forward to be dispensed. The forward movement of the handle is predetermined by setting a stopper, thereby regulating the amount of rotation of the auger and thus determining the portion of foodstuff to be dispensed. A spring returns the handle to its at rest position, so that the dispensing process may be repeated from the same handle position. Gears between the handle and the auger allow the handle to be pulled in a more ergonomically sound way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: TR Toppers Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Rode, Steven Dodson
  • Patent number: 7814848
    Abstract: Biodegradable solid soil amendment material such as poultry litter may be disposed of in soil using an apparatus which includes a soil cutter for cutting a trench and a dispenser for transporting the material and simultaneously grinding or shearing the material and distributing it to the trenches in the soil. The receptacle includes a plurality of troughs across its bottom surface, each having an outlet at one end thereof, and corresponding screw augers therein for distributing and transporting the material to the outlets. As the material is transported toward each of the outlets by the augers it is crushed or ground to a small size. This apparatus allows the material to be dispensed through the multiple outlets at a substantially steady, uniform rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Daniel H. Pote, Stephen M. Haller
  • Publication number: 20100181337
    Abstract: A viscous liquid material discharging method and apparatus can minimize the problem of wear of a sealing member due to friction, and minimize a rotational force required at the time of starting discharge of a highly-viscous liquid material. The apparatus includes a screw having a helical blade which is axially provided over a surface of a rod-like member, a rotation driving mechanism for rotating the screw, a main body having a screw insertion bore in which the screw is inserted, a liquid material supply port formed in a lateral side of the screw insertion bore, and a liquid material supply flow passage communicating with the liquid material supply port, a sealing member which is disposed in the screw insertion bore and through which the screw penetrates, and a nozzle mounted to the main body and communicating with the screw insertion bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 7748575
    Abstract: A screw type material feeding apparatus in which a screw rotary driving axis with a spiral material supply blade is rotatably contained in a material feeding tube. The apparatus comprises a material divider with plural vanes provided at the distal end of the rotary driving axis, the plural vanes radially project from the screw rotary driving axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Matsui Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kazunari Hanaoka, Takayuki Okuda, Hiroshi Hara
  • Patent number: 7694703
    Abstract: A particular dispensing apparatus (10) for dispensing with particular refractory material into a gap between a furnace wall and a form includes a platform (12) removably engaging the upper end of an expendable metal form. A carriage (14) is pivotally coupled to the platform and is rotatable about a pivot point located generally at the center of the platform. A hopper (30) is coupled to the carriage. The hopper receives particulate refractory material via an inlet and dispenses the particulate refractory material through an outlet (36). A feeder (34) is coupled to the outlet of the hopper to move the particulate refractory material from the outlet to a dispenser (44). The dispenser is coupled to the carriage at a distal end of the feeder and is suspended above the lining gap to deliver particulate refractory material into the lining gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Gradmatic Equipment Inc.
    Inventor: Ayton J. Grady
  • Patent number: 7694857
    Abstract: A material dispensing pump includes a drip prevention system and method so as to avoid undesired dripping of the dispensed fluid. In one example, the fluid path is sealed. Positive pressure is applied to the fluid during a dispensing operation to present the fluid to the auger-style pump at a desired rate. Between dispensing operations, or when dispensing is completed, the fluid is placed in suspension, for example by applying a negative pressure, thereby preventing the fluid from being inadvertently released at the dispense tip. In addition, following a dispensing operation, the pump dispensing controller can be programmed to reverse the rotation of the feed screw, in order to draw the material in a reverse direction and to further suspend the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: DL Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Publication number: 20100065587
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Patent number: 7648052
    Abstract: A viscous medium feeder, which has an inlet, an outlet, a tubular portion, a rotatable cylindrical shaft arranged in and extending coaxially with the tubular portion, and a drive motor connected to the shaft. The tubular portion has an internal thread, which is connected, at one end thereof, to the inlet, and, at the other end thereof, to the outlet. Further, the tubular portion is elastic, and the shaft abuts the inner wall portions of the tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventors: William Holm, Kenth Nilsson, Peter Svalling
  • Publication number: 20090255955
    Abstract: Screw feeder (1) for transporting and/or metering pulverulent or granular material, having a rotatably mounted feeder screw (3) for the transport of material from a storage vessel (2) to a discharge opening (6), and having a variable-speed motor (4) for driving the feeder screw, characterized in that the speed is controlled by a programmable regulating device (7) which regulates the speed of the motor as a function of the respectively determined rotary position of the feeder screw within one full worm revolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Dirk Jung