With Biasing Means Patents (Class 222/449)
  • Patent number: 9585504
    Abstract: A dispenser for granular material such as sugar and salt or other granular ingredients, including a collection portion and metering chamber. A metering cartridge located in the metering chamber includes a portion recess which collects a predetermined amount of granular material to be dispensed. The metering chamber is actuated and the granular material located in the portion recess is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Kestner, Scott R. Hammac, Alexander Malevanets, Aleksandr Yazvin, Zack McCoy, Eric Larson, Edward Eaton
  • Patent number: 9494455
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for delivering a metered dose of a granular material. The apparatus holds the granular material captive at any angle until use. In use, the apparatus is typically inverted and the plunger rod is plunged on a surface and released. During the release the metered dose of material is transferred to a holding area. While still inverted, the apparatus is shaken/agitated/oscillated to release the metered dose of material from the holding area out the exit holes while the bulk of granular material is once again sealed at any angle. The granular material is evenly spread to the desired surface through perforations in the cap portion of the apparatus. It should also be noted that the apparatus can also have its rod plunged in an upright position then inverted and shaken/agitated/oscillated to release the metered dose of material. The apparatus is normally sealed; it can be carried on ones' person or in a pocket or purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Arthur Gerald Gora
  • Patent number: 8985390
    Abstract: A composition dispensing apparatus which can deliver an repeatable and accurate unit dose of a composition including: a compressible container; a unit dose delivery system comprising an entry element, an exit element, side walls and a dosage chamber; a dispensing aperture; wherein the linear movement ratio of the exit element to the entry element is about 1 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Sean Donald Riggenbach
  • Publication number: 20140054329
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser (100) having a chamber (102) configured to contain a liquid, the chamber (102) having a dispensing aperture (106), a liquid dispensing member (104) comprising a dispensing shaft (104A, 104B) disposed through the dispensing aperture (106), and a releasable latching mechanism, wherein the liquid dispensing member (104) is configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position in each of which the dispensing member (104) and the dispensing aperture (106) form a liquid-tight seal, the dispensing shaft (104A, 104B) is disposed through the dispensing aperture (106) in both the retracted position and the extended position, the liquid dispensing member (104) is configured to dispense a portion of liquid onto a liquid transfer portion (104B) of the dispensing shaft when the dispensing member (104) is extended towards the extended position and the liquid transfer portion is moved from inside the chamber (102) to outside the chamber (102), and the latching mechanism is configured to
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: FINGERTISER LIMITED
    Inventor: Mark Savage
  • Patent number: 8640925
    Abstract: A divot fill/repair apparatus for filling and repairing divots in the turf. The divot fill/repair apparatus includes a container assembly capable of being carried on a user's back, and a dispensing assembly being supported by the container assembly for dispensing fill material to fill and/or repair divots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Katie R. Schwegman
  • Patent number: 8485397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring actuator, a measuring cap, a protective cover, a measuring unit, and a device for fixed and variable measuring and discharging of fluid from a container. The actuator being configured for detachable and movable connection to the cap and adapted for sealing off fluid when in a non-actuated state and to discharge fluid when in an actuated state, the actuator including at least two openings, a discharge opening and a fluid inflow opening; the cap-including at least three openings, a discharge opening and an actuator receiving opening and a fluid inflow opening; the measuring unit including the cap, the actuator, and a spring; the cover for protecting the measuring unit being configured for attachment to the cap and/or the measuring unit; and the measuring device including the cover, the cap, the actuator, the spring, and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Antula Healthcare AB
    Inventor: Hans Borje Hammarin
  • Patent number: 8470167
    Abstract: A device for the dosed transfer of filtered softened water inside boilers of household appliances includes a tank, a cartridge including a water softening agent, a double drain pipe with vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Unitekno Societa'per Azioni
    Inventor: Vìllelmo Bartolini
  • Patent number: 8469237
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dosage of powdered material comprises a closed housing containing the powdered material and provided with a laterally displaced outlet for the dosed powdered material. An external manually operated sledge is arranged between the housing and the outlet. The sledge has a through-going pocket for containing the desired dose of the powdered material. When operating the sledge, the through-going pocket is moved from a position in the housing to a position in the outlet so as to effect dispensing of the dose of the powdered material through the action of gravity. The sledge also has an agitator including two posts and a bracket that extends between the posts for agitating the powdered material within the housing. The bracket is slightly arched and the leading edge inclines obliquely downwardly so as to press the powdered material towards the pocket when operating the sledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Claes Thulin
  • Patent number: 8220665
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with a liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes an improved venting means to ensure that the liquid being dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains. A novel throat plug assembly is provided for insertion into the throat of the bottle. The throat plug assembly is comprised entirely of a recyclable plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Publication number: 20120061425
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with a liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes an improved venting means to ensure that the liquid being dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains. A novel throat plug assembly is provided for insertion into the throat of the bottle. The throat plug assembly is comprised entirely of a recyclable plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: RODNEY LAIBLE
  • Patent number: 8066157
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with a liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes an improved venting to ensure that the liquid being dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains. A novel throat plug assembly is provided for insertion into the throat of the bottle. The throat plug assembly is comprised entirely of a recyclable plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 7967172
    Abstract: A dispenser for a container has an annular ring with a central portion which has at least one aperture. The annular ring is attached to a valve dimensioned to close an opening of the dispenser. The valve is operatively associated with the opening and biased in the closed position. Depressing the annular ring acts as an actuator to cause the valve to move inwardly into the container and away from the opening, thereby allowing the contents to be dispensed from the container through the at least one aperture of the annular ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. Albaum
  • Publication number: 20100301072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring actuator (30), a measuring cap (20), a protective cover (60), a measuring unit, and a device for fixed and variable measuring and discharging of fluid from a container. The actuator (30) being configured for detachable and movable connection to the cap and adapted for sealing off fluid when in a non-actuated state and to discharge fluid when in an actuated state, the actuator comprising at least two openings, a discharge opening (31) and a fluid inflow opening (32); the cap-comprising at least three openings, a discharge opening and an actuator receiving opening and a fluid inflow opening; the measuring unit comprising the cap,’ the actuator, and a spring (50); the cover (60) for protecting the measuring unit being configured for attachment to the cap (20) and/or the measuring unit; and the measuring device comprising the cover (60), the cap (20), the actuator (30), the spring (50), and the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: ANTULA HEALTHCARE AB
    Inventor: Hans Borje Hammarin
  • Patent number: 7841492
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with an inverted liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes an improved venting device to ensure that the liquid is dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains; and an anti-drip valve is provided to prevent liquid from dripping from the discharge end of the dosing bowl of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 7832599
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with a liquid container such as an inverted. bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes a throat plug assembly, wherein the throat plug assembly includes a normally closed, vertically movable first valve therein; a mounting ring having an inner face including threads thereon adapted to threadably receive the throat of the container; a knob having an actuator rod, wherein the actuator rod includes second and third vertically spaced valves mounted thereon for movement; and an improved venting device to ensure that the liquid is dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 7770529
    Abstract: A method and device for filling a container with a fertilizer, pesticide, fungicide, herbicide, insecticide, chemical, or the like material by gravity, includes a housing with an inlet and an outlet, a valve for opening or restricting a flow between the inlet and outlet and having open and closed positions, and an actuator disposed downstream of the inlet for actuating the valve between the open and closed positions, wherein the actuator is operated by a container to be filled with a material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: J. Andrew Phillips, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7614528
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid dispensing apparatus capable of regulating a discharged amount of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Barflex Corporation
    Inventor: Jin-Do Jeong
  • Publication number: 20080251544
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid dispensing apparatus capable of regulating a discharged amount of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Jin-Do Jeong
  • Patent number: 6929158
    Abstract: A dispenser for granular material having a container for storing the material. The container is connected to a dispensing assembly having a chamber in removable communication with the container. The volume of the chamber is controlled by an insert that is installed in one of several positions and orientations within the chamber to determine the amount of material to be dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Traex Company
    Inventor: Charles F. Smiley
  • Patent number: 6796343
    Abstract: A shuttle container (2) is used in conjunction with a dispenser (22) to receive a metered dose of a liquid from a reservoir (26). The dispenser (22) includes a metering chamber which is filled and emptied by a pair of valves (43 and 58) operated by a common shaft (40). The shuttle container (2) has a locating sleeve (12) which engages with a locating slot (36) in the dispenser (22) to axially align the shuttle container (2) with the dispenser. The shuttle (2) carries a spigot (14) engage the shaft (40) to effect a discharge of liquid into the shuttle container (2). The collar (6) of the shuttle container (2) has a pair of dogs (8) which engage respective slots (38) in the outer circumference of the dispenser (22). Before the dogs (8) can engage the slots (38), the profiled end of the spigot (14) must engage a matingly profiled recess in the shaft (40). Before the shaft (40) can be displaced, it must be rotated to move a projection (52) on the shaft out of alignment with an abutment (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Syngenta Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Frederick Kelsey, John Madoc Kelso, Gerard Michael O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20040031819
    Abstract: A dispenser for granular material having a container for storing the material. The container is connected to a dispensing assembly having a chamber in removable communication with the container. The volume of the chamber is controlled by an insert that is installed in one of several positions and orientations within the chamber to determine the amount of material to be dispensed from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Charles F. Smiley
  • Patent number: 6578740
    Abstract: A self-standing type bag-shaped vacuum container has a self-standing container including a wall formed of a soft sheet, a pouring port, and a check valve mounted in the pouring port. The check valve is opened to allow the migration of a content of the container when subjected to a pressure in the pouring direction, but is closed when subjected to a pressure in a filling direction, so that the inside of the container is evacuated. The self-standing container can be optimized for storing beverages or the like which are negatively effected by contact with air, because the content will be oxidized with the air. The vacuum type container will not lose its self-standing property even if the content is reduced, and can stand stably by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Tadashi Hagihara
  • Patent number: 6547105
    Abstract: A plastic container having a storage chamber which graduates from a shoulder section into a bottle neck, in such a way that the length of the bottle neck can be changed about its axis. Thus, this invention provides a constriction between the shoulder section and a pour-out area. The constriction is adjacent the shoulder section and is followed by an area which can be axially compressed. The constriction can serve as a sealing area. Liquid, free-flowing and pourable media can be discharged in doses using a metering element which is fixed to the top of the bottle neck and which penetrates the constriction. By exerting pressure on the metering element, it is possible to establish an open or closed connection between the metering element and the storage chamber of the plastic container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Createchnic AG
    Inventors: Fritz Seelhofer, Fernando Suarez
  • Patent number: 6536634
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing solenoid valve includes a plunger tube that forms an inlet orifice and an outlet orifice. A plunger that forms a fluid chamber is slidably disposed within the plunger tube. The plunger is movable between a fluid fill configuration, wherein the fluid chamber communicates with the inlet orifice to allow the fluid chamber to be filled and a fluid dump configuration, wherein the fluid chamber communicates with the outlet orifice to allow the fluid chamber to be emptied. The fluid dispensing solenoid valve is used to dispense a very accurate quantity of fluid in very controllable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Axel H Berndorfer, Ivan Rafael Samalot
  • Patent number: 6484906
    Abstract: A dosing nozzle is intended to be fitted onto a container containing a product. The nozzle comprises a dosing cavity which can move between a first position and a second position in which it occupies a minimum volume, the cavity being delimited by first and second pistons capable of sliding inside a fixed body. The first piston is fixed to a closure member capable, selectively, of closing off/exposing at least one outlet of the dosing cavity. During a first phase of the movement of the dosing cavity, the first piston is driven by through the effect of the pressure of the product being exerted on the second piston and, during a second phase of the movement of the dosing cavity, the first piston is driven by the pressure of the product being exerted on the first piston, the second piston being immobilized in translation during this second phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Philippe Bonningue
  • Patent number: 6478199
    Abstract: A dispenser can automatically dispense chemical from an aerosol container at predetermined intervals without the use of electric power. A diaphragm at least partially defines an accumulation chamber that receives chemical from the can during an accumulation phase. Once the internal pressure of the accumulation chamber reaches a predetermined threshold, the diaphragm moves, carrying with it valving that controls a spray burst. The diaphragm assumes its original position when the pressure within the accumulation chamber falls below a threshold pressure. A barrier prevents the aerosol container from resupplying the accumulation chamber at a high rate during the spray phase, preferably due to a porous gasket disposed in a passageway linking the dispenser to the aerosol container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Shanklin, Nathan R. Westphal, Thomas Jaworski
  • Patent number: 6434353
    Abstract: An ink feeding valve of a wet type electrophotographic printer, capable of basically preventing operational error and incapability of valve due to ink attachment, includes: a valve body having a pipeline for interconnecting the concentrated ink tank with the developing solution tank; a rod assembly disposed in the pipeline of the valve body so as to be vertically moved for selectively opening/closing the pipeline; an elevating section for vertically moving the rod assembly; and a corrugated tube disposed in the pipeline of the valve body for partitioning the pipeline into an inner ink passage and an outside elevating section operating chamber, and for preventing ink flow into the elevating section operating chamber. Since the ink passage and the elevating section operating chamber are isolated from each other by the presence of a corrugated tube, the plunger and spring located in the elevating section operating chamber are efficiently operated without having problems caused due to ink attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co.
    Inventors: Jin-geun Kwak, Kwang-ho No
  • Publication number: 20020100773
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding and dispensing metered doses of an active composition into a washing, drying or dishwashing machine has a supply chamber which holds at least double the amount of an individual dose of the active composition. A dispensing chamber is connected to the supply chamber by a passage in order to receive an individual dose of the active composition and to discharge the composition by way of a discharging passage. The closing of the passage between the supply chamber and the dispensing chamber, either beforehand or simultaneously, is actuated by means which are activated by conditions inside the machine, existing exclusively during a washing, drying or dishwashing cycle. The passage between the supply chamber and the dispensing chamber is re-opened and, beforehand or simultaneously, the discharging passage from the dispensing chamber is closed, so that the dispensing chamber can be re-filled from the supply chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Applicant: Reckitt Benckiser N.V,
    Inventors: Timothy Rodd, Graham Fuller, Peter T.M. Nott, Richard Harbutt
  • Patent number: 6336396
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus comprising a container (1) closed with a lid (6) storing the product to be dispensed, a cylinder communicating with the container (1) and whereof the bottom is provided with an outlet, a piston (12) traversed by at least one orifice (13), sliding in the cylinder, a check valve (25) mobile between positions opening and closing the orifice (13), said check valve (25) being urged by a spring towards its opening position, a dispensing nozzle communicating with the outlet and provided with a normally closed plug which opens by the effect of the pressure of the product contained in the cylinder, and means for actuating the piston from outside the container (1). The invention is useful for making pancakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: André Sala
  • Patent number: 6227418
    Abstract: Permanently or detachably mounted on a container (1) is a dosing and metering device that contains a pressure bellows (3), through which a valve-plate holder (8) passes. The valve-plate holder (8) essentially has the shape of a hollow cylinder and exhibits gaps or lateral openings (18), to enable communicating contact between pressure bellows (3) and container (1). The valve-plate holder (8) is arranged in a transition zone between pressure bellows (3) and container (1), in a fixed position relative to the container or container neck. The valve plate (7) attached to the end of the valve-plate holder (8) forms a valve seat (4) together with the constriction (31) between pressure bellows (3) and the metering chamber (5) that follows it. Axial pressure upon the metering chamber (5) allows the metering chamber to be entirely or partly filled or drained back into the container, as desired, in which case the contents of the metering chamber can be poured out when the cap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Createchnic AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Loertscher
  • Patent number: 6010041
    Abstract: A device for the discharge of bulk material (96) from a pressure vessel (2) is proposed, which comprises at least one sluice bin (24, 26) with a bottom (42, 44) and a top (40) sluice gate. The sluice bin (24, 26) is arranged under a plate (76, 76'), into which it forms an orifice (28, 30) for the bulk material (96). The top sluice gate (40) has a sealing plate (66), which is arranged above this plate (76, 76') in such a way that it can be positioned above the orifice (28, 30) of the sluice bin (24, 26) and, after a sealing connection to the edge of the orifice (28, 30) has been made, can be forced against this edge by overpressure in the pressure vessel (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Paul Wurth, S.A.
    Inventors: Emile Lonardi, Romain Frieden, Jorg Brinckmann, Patrick Hutmacher
  • Patent number: 5967366
    Abstract: A windshield cleaning fluid dispenser 10 that is coin-operated. The windshield cleaning fluid dispenser 10 of the present includes a primary reservoir 15 in which the windshield cleaning fluid 18 is stored pending dispensing. A measuring reservoir 20 is in fluid communication with the primary reservoir 15. A dispensing tube 25 is in fluid communication with the measuring reservoir 20. The flow of windshield cleaning fluid 18 between the primary reservoir 15 and the measuring reservoir 20 is controlled by a pair of crank 60 actuated poppet valves 30 and 40. Springs 35 and 45 are provided to bias the poppet valves into the closed position. Crank 60 has a substantially cylindrical cross section and a pair of tethers 76 and 78 are secured to the crank 60 at a selected point 80 on its circumference. The distal end 81 of the first tether 76 is secured to the first poppet valve 30 and the distal end 82 of the second tether 78 is secured to the second poppet valve 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Albert Franklin Cason
  • Patent number: 5944231
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly particularly adapted to selectively dispense predetermined amounts of dry fertilizer or other dry material onto an area of disbursement, such as a plant, and including an elongated dispensing conduit having a holding chamber of predetermined dimension connected thereto along with a control mechanism such that selective operation of the control mechanism will automatically dispense, by gravity, a premeasured amount of dry material onto the disbursement area. A double disk valve mechanism is provided having an inlet valve and an outlet valve simultaneously translatable to open one end of the holding chamber and close the respective other end. In an embodiment, the outlet valve is selectable from a plurality of valve plates to vary the dispensing amount. A gun-shaped valve mechanism is provided as the control mechanism in a preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Jorge Arturo Nuila
  • Patent number: 5894965
    Abstract: A measuring/dispensing cap for a container comprising a peripheral side wall and a pivotable flip top movable between closed and open positions, the flip top mounted for pivotal motion about a horizontal hinge axis wherein the hinge axis separates a closure panel of the flip top from a push panel of the flip top; a first panel within the side wall having a first free edge in substantially vertical alignment with the hinge axis; a second weir panel having a weir edge extending parallel to and laterally spaced from the first free edge, thus establishing a weir opening, the closure panel and the weir panel along with a portion of the peripheral side wall defining a measuring chamber within the cap, adapted to receive contents of a container passing through the weir opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Edward S. Robbins, III
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Craig Saunders, Jesse Carlson, Morris Binder
  • Patent number: 5871120
    Abstract: A vacuum storage and dispensing container for use with perishable items, particularly food products, and more particularly for use with roasted whole-bean coffee in any retailing application, to extend shelf life of the perishable item. The invention includes a storage and dispensing container, and further includes a valve mechanism for opening the cylinder to the atmosphere. A merchandising unit for storing and dispensing perishables includes a plurality of the above described vacuum storage and dispensing containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Community Coffee Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnie Romero, Andrew R. Weber, Douglas B. Leeds, Helene Paulson, Arthur T. Sempliner
  • Patent number: 5855300
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing a predetermined amount of solid materials in powder or granular form allows a predetermined quantity, say for example a spoonful of sugar, to be dispensed into a coffee cup. The dispensing device allows measured quantities to be dispensed which avoids having to use a teaspoon or other measuring device. The device has a container, a body member below the container having a longitudinal passage therein, a top opening from the container to the longitudinal passage, a sliding member with a substantially rectangular cross-section, the sliding member having a sliding fit within the longitudinal passage, movable from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Inventor: Avraham Malki
  • Patent number: 5850944
    Abstract: A measuring dispensing cap for a container comprising a peripheral sidewall and a pivotable flip top supported on the peripheral sidewall for rocking movement about a hinge axis; the hinge axis separating a push panel portion of the flip top from a dispensing panel portion of the flip top; and wherein a measuring chamber is formed an area enclosed the peripheral sidewall underlying the dispensing panel portion; wherein the measuring chamber is defined by a portion of the peripheral sidewall, the dispensing panel portion, and by an angled weir panel extending from the peripheral sidewall downwardly and inwardly, terminating at a weir edge in substantial vertical alignment with the hinge axis, thereby creating a weir opening into the chamber; and wherein the flip top is formed with a depending flange which engages the weir panel edge when the flip top is opened to thereby close the weir opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Edward S. Robbins, III
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Gregory S. Burcham
  • Patent number: 5758803
    Abstract: A milk powder dispenser for dispensing a predetermined amount of milk powder is provided. The dispenser includes a base unit, a milk powder measuring unit, and a control unit. The base unit includes a base plate formed with an opening. The milk powder measuring unit is mounted on a bottom side of the base plate and confines a milk powder retaining chamber that is aligned with the opening in the base plate. The control unit has a top wall formed with an inlet opening and extending slidably between the measuring unit and the base plate, and a bottom wall formed with an outlet opening and extending slidably below the measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Chin-Hai Liao
    Inventors: Chin-Hai Liao, Wen-Pin Liao
  • Patent number: 5749495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispenser for dispensing two liquid products. The dispenser permits feed-out of the viscous products either separately or together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Aspect International AB
    Inventor: Leif Einar Stern
  • Patent number: 5746355
    Abstract: A dispenser for pulverulent materials includes receptacle for receiving a container holding the material to be dispensed. A valve body defining metering cavities is mounted in the valve body. A gate also mounted in the valve body includes a first portion for selectively locking flow into the metering cavities and a second portion for selectively blocking flow exiting the metering cavities, with a desired quantity of material being trapped between the gate portions, for subsequent release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kermit A. Wold
  • Patent number: 5713492
    Abstract: The mouthwash dispensing device includes a frame having first and second reservoirs secured thereto, the first reservoir having a first port and the second reservoir having a second port, the first and second reservoirs adapted to contain mouthwash therein. A valve assembly is associated with the first and second reservoirs for selectively gating the first and second ports. An actuating assembly is associated with the valve for opening and closing the ports to release mouthwash from the reservoirs in response to user manipulation. The frame is adapted to store both drinking cups and a bottle of mouthwash therein. A locking cover is provided to restrict access to the stored cups and mouthwash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Consumer Promotions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael DeGennaro
  • Patent number: 5685461
    Abstract: An apparatus that consistently dispenses a predetermined volume of granular material into a receptacle, e.g., a coffee cup. The apparatus including container, guide, housing of three integral horizonal sections, plunger, spring and pin. Container stores granular material, e.g., sugar. Directly below container and secured tightly thereto cylindrical guide substantially same diameter as container neck and having vertically disposed opening therethrough. Guide can have funnel for directing granular contents toward opening. Directly below guide and tightly secured thereto is cylindrical housing. Upper section has guide way and stepped down opening in housing wall. Opposite this opening is pin partially embedded into housing wall and projecting into the guide way. Middle section of housing has vertically disposed outlet offset guide opening. Lower section of housing is substantially deep and has at least one perforation for directing steam out of housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: Terry Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5645195
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, an apparatus is provided for dispensing dough. The apparatus comprises a dough hopper (11) having a valve chamber (12) at its lower end into which dough from the hopper is metered and from which dough is eventually discharged by a valve unit (14). Dough is expelled from the valve chamber in response to downward strokes of a dispensing rod (30) attached to the valve unit. In the preferred embodiment, a dough former (72) is attached to the valve unit and is used to dispense multiple charges of dough. In an alternative embodiment, the valve unit is provided with a seat (27) having a discharge opening (19) through which dough is dispensed in a single charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Inventors: Thomas E. Belshaw, Frank W. Ebelle, Christopher L. Bowers
  • Patent number: 5577642
    Abstract: A device for containing and metering a powder-form product has a body member which defines a hopper and a tube which extends from the hopper. The tube has successive portions configured to provide at least one metering chamber and a flow chute which extends to a tube opening for delivering powder-form product from the hopper via the metering chamber. A plug member is connected with a closure member which, in turn, is connected to a connecting member which, in turn, is connected with a housing member positioned in the hopper. A mounting member is affixed with the hopper, a first rotatable lever extends from the mounting member into the hopper, and a second rotatable lever extends from the mounting member outside of the hopper about a same axis as the first lever so that upon rotation of the second lever, the first lever is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Petr Masek, Jean-Fran.cedilla.ois Tinembart
  • Patent number: 5477992
    Abstract: Metered dose dispensing valves providing good dosage reproducibility with formulations having a propensity to cream and with low concentration formulations. Valves having a tank retaining cup have a small inlet aperture of no more than 0.7 mm and preferably the tank retaining cup follows the configuration of the end of the valve stem. Valves having a bottle emptier attached to the valve stem have a filling channel in the valve stem which protrudes only slightly from the metering chamber when the valve is in its inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Philip A. Jinks, Charles G. Thiel, Trevor J. Wilde
  • Patent number: 5339994
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly particularly adapted to selectively dispense predetermined amounts of dry fertilizer or other dry material onto an area of disbursement, such as a plant, and including an elongated dispensing conduit having a holding chamber of predetermined dimension connected thereto along with a control mechanism such that selective operation of the control mechanism will automatically dispense, by gravity, a premeasured amount of dry material onto the disbursement area. A double disk valve means is provided having an inlet valve and an outlet valve simultaneously translatable to open one end of the holding chamber and close the respective other end. A gun-shaped valve means is provided as the control mechanism in a preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: Jorge A. Nuila
  • Patent number: 5125540
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a container for dispensing fluids in metered amounts and, more particularly, a container for dispensing motor oil for lubricating the engine of a vehicle. The container comprises a housing defining space within which a wall is mounted for dividing the space into first and second compartments. A valve actuator stem is mounted in the first compartments and is selectively moveable from a first position through a second position to a third position and back again for selectively operating a fluid inlet valve and gas inlet and outlet valves. A second actuator is associated with the second compartment defined within the space of the housing. The second valve actuator is moveable between a first and a second position for opening and closing a fluid outlet valve. A linkage is provided for interconnecting the valve actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Maraven, S.A.
    Inventor: Hugo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 5090600
    Abstract: A fluid pressure opened reclosable pouring spout for a flexible container is formed by a sleeve assembly axially inserted into the exit end of the pouring spout for normally closing the latter. The sleeve assembly comprises a first sleeve bonded to the inner surface of the pouring spout of the exit end portion which contains an annular inwardly projecting flange-like wall slidably receiving a piston sleeve valve normally sealing with the outer end of the first sleeve and biased to an open position by a spring or weight when the walls of the container are manually squeezed, to apply liquid pressure against the closed end of the piston sleeve valve. The wall of the piston sleeve valve is provided, adjacent its outer end, with a circumferential row of apertures for discharging liquid when the piston sleeve valve is opening. The inward end of the piston sleeve valve is longitudinally slotted in circumferential spaced relation for inserting the sleeve valve into the wall sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Robert D. Clark
  • Patent number: 5088626
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein an upper housing fixedly secures an aligned series of dispensing tubes. The dispensing tubes include an upper opaque portion overlying a conical lower transparent portion. The upper portion includes a first valve to dispense food components into the lower portion, with the lower portion including a second valve tube to permit directing of the food onto individual plates by patrons of the apparatus. The organization includes a catch tray underlying a support grid to contain food components having fallen through the support grid. The invention may further include a modified dispensing tube housing defining an enclosed conduit operably associated to an air conditioning duct to provide cooling and chilling of food components contained within the dispensing tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventors: John D. Patton, Elwood Whitney
  • Patent number: 5078305
    Abstract: The present invention involves a container having a metered dispensing unit at its outlet, which can simply be opened and poured with assured metered dispensing. The container dispensing unit has a loading chamber, a loading chamber fill port, a dispensing chamber, a dispensing chamber outlet port and a connecting orifice. The loading chamber is located at least partly adjacent to the dispensing chamber. The loading chamber fill port is located at an upper portion of the loading chamber such that when the loading chamber is tipped for pouring, liquid in the container may fill the loading chamber. The connecting orifice connects a lower portion of the loading chamber with a lower portion of the dispensing chamber. The dispensing chamber is connected to the container main body for liquid flow thereto from the container only via the loading chamber. The dispensing chamber outlet port is located at the top of both the dispensing chamber and the dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Delta Dispensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Glynn, Charles Goldstein