For Both Inlet And Outlet Patents (Class 222/450)
  • Patent number: 10350707
    Abstract: A nozzle includes a magnetic field generating section and a body. The body includes an opening from which a powder is ejected. The magnetic field generating section includes a coil, the coil disposed to generate a magnetic field when applied with a current, the magnetic field causing the powder supplied to an inside of the body to swirl around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shanying Pan, Hiroshi Ohno, Hideshi Nakano, Kotaro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9976891
    Abstract: A device for dispensing spices and similar materials. The device includes a chamber member, an inner gate above the chamber member and an outer gate below the chamber member. The inner gate contains a filling aperture and the outer gate contains a dispensing aperture which is offset from the filling aperture. The chamber member contains dispensing chambers, each having an open top and an open base, and a non-dispensing chamber having a closed top. The inner and outer gates are linked together and can be rotated relative to the chamber member, so that material can be loaded through the filling aperture or dispensed through the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Darren Adrian Fanton
  • Patent number: 9625299
    Abstract: A dispensing cap including a first housing portion defining a first chamber, a lid coupled to the first housing and defining an outlet, the lid movable between a first position and a second position, a second housing portion defining a second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber, the second housing portion further defining a third chamber separate from the second chamber, wherein when the lid is in the first position, the outlet is in fluid communication with the second chamber to dispense a first volume of fluid, and wherein when the lid in the second position, the outlet is in fluid connection with the second chamber and the third chamber to dispense a second volume of fluid. A method of operating a dispensing cap is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Holden, Jonathan D. Bradshaw, Barry Hague, Michael Bertucci, Lambertus Gerardus P. Van Der Heijden
  • Patent number: 9061302
    Abstract: A liquid pourer device with venturi effect for preventing the dripping of liquid from spout after use. The liquid pourer device with venturi effect includes an elongate base member having a bore with a main section and a constricted section and also includes a spout in communication with the elongate base member and further having a flow regulating member movably disposed in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Arganius E. Peckels
  • Publication number: 20150041500
    Abstract: A spill and contaminant resistant dispenser and measuring cap device and method for measuring and dispensing a desired amount of a bulk particulate, powdery, granular or viscous liquid substance from a storage container through a cap. A dispenser and measuring cap is attached to a storage container. The cap has one or more measuring chamber ducts, each having a different predetermined volume. The measuring chamber ducts are selectively and separately operationally aligned with an internal funnel stem and a dispensing spout. A selected measuring chamber duct is filled with the substance by inverting the cap and attached container. A measured amount of the substance is captured and dispensed, and the unused portion of the substance retained in the storage container without exposure to outside contaminants or implements, by rotating the duct into operational alignment with the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Muhammad Sami Ismail
  • Patent number: 8833614
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird, Shirley A. Webb
  • Publication number: 20140239019
    Abstract: A device for distributing flowable or pourable substances, for example chocolate, has at least one metering element with at least one metering channel that can be brought into fluidic connection with a substance container and a substance destination. The device also has at least one closure element that can be moved between a first position in which the substance cannot exit the metering channel in the direction of the substance destination and a second position in which the substance can exit the metering channel in the direction of the substance destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Altjohann
  • Patent number: 8757448
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a fluid container, which includes a container cap, a switching nozzle, a securing mechanism and a dispensing compartment. The container cap has apertures, and the switching nozzle has a closing and an opening state. In the closing state the switching nozzle hermetically seals the apertures. An oval skirt is attached to the switching nozzle embracing the container cap, having protrusions for fixing the skirt to the container cap. Pressing the skirt releases the fixing and allows switching to an opening state. A setting mechanism determines the limited volume of the dispensing compartment and secures the volume from undesired variation. An annular portion has clefts and quantity markings. The setting mechanism encompasses the annular portion and has setting bumps bulging proximate to the annular portion, and barrel apertures. Upon mating the setting bumps with a cleft, a marking is exposed through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Yaniv Aviram
  • Publication number: 20130320046
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a fluid container, which includes a container cap, a switching nozzle, a securing mechanism and a dispensing compartment. The container cap has apertures, and the switching nozzle has a closing and an opening state. In the closing state the switching nozzle hermetically seals the apertures. An oval skirt is attached to the switching nozzle embracing the container cap, having protrusions for fixing the skirt to the container cap. Pressing the skirt releases the fixing and allows switching to an opening state. A setting mechanism determines the limited volume of the dispensing compartment and secures the volume from undesired variation. An annular portion has clefts and quantity markings. The setting mechanism encompasses the annular portion and has setting bumps bulging proximate to the annular portion, and barrel apertures. Upon mating the setting bumps with a cleft, a marking is exposed through the apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Yaniv Aviram
  • Publication number: 20130228594
    Abstract: The present technology allows for substances contained within containers to be transferred to a measuring cup so as to allow for a clean, efficient, and accurate transfer of a substance from a container in to a measuring cup. The measuring cup can be reversibly attached to the lid such that when the container is inverted, the measuring cup can fill with the substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Kelly
  • Patent number: 8517228
    Abstract: A cap is attached to a container using a device with first and second disks mounted on opposite ends of a shaft, each disk having an opening. A cover cup is rotatably mounted on the shaft. When the container is inverted, rotation of the cover cup to a first position provokes alignment of the opening of an interior wall of the cover cup with the opening of the first disk, permitting material to flow from the container to the interior of the cover cup, and a subsequent rotation of the cover cup to a second position aligns the opening of the second disk with the opening of an end wall of the cover cup, to permit dispensing the material from the cover cup to a place of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Arch Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Luiz Attie, Marcus Vinicius Gasparotto
  • Patent number: 8499968
    Abstract: It is provided a dispensing device for a fluid container, which includes a container cap, a switching nozzle, a securing mechanism and a dispensing compartment. The container cap has apertures, and the switching nozzle has a closing state and an opening state, wherein in the closing state the switching nozzle hermetically sealing the apertures. An oval skirt is attached to the switching nozzle embracing the container cap, having protrusions for fixing the skirt to the container cap. Pressing the skirt releases the fixing and allows switching to an opening state. The dispensing compartment includes an annular portion, a setting mechanism, and a cover mechanism. The setting mechanism determines the limited volume of the dispensing compartment and secures the limited volume from undesired variation. The annular portion has a plurality of clefts and an associated plurality of quantity markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Yaniv Aviram
  • Patent number: 8484949
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI, furthermore perform a frequency analysis of the measured pressure value in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The method is adapted to be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Anders Lingenhult
  • Publication number: 20130153608
    Abstract: A dosage dispensing cap system is configured to release a fixed amount of medication from a container as a result of a single actuation by a user. A first cap element of the system may have a first aperture and be adapted to be attached to the container, which is configured to house a multiplicity of pills of a generally uniform size, or liquid medication of a particular volume. A second cap element may be flexible, have a flange member extending generally radially outward from a diaphragm member and be disposed between the first cap element and the container. The diaphragm member may have a mouth portion, a throat portion and a cavity generally disposed therebetween. The cavity may be generally large enough to contain a fixed number of pills or a dose volume of liquid. By way of a simple actuation, the mouth portion opens and the throat portion closes, thereby allowing the cap system to release a discrete number of pills or a dose volume of liquid medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph Amin, Fernando Mota, Lance M. Pritikin
  • Patent number: 8393141
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The can be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Conny Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 8225960
    Abstract: An ice dispense system for an ice dispenser is characterized by a chute having an ice receiving upper end in communication with an ice bin outlet passage and an ice dispensing lower end. Beginning with the chute filled with ice and its lower end closed, to dispense a selected quantity of ice, the chute lower end is opened for one of a plurality of different time periods, where each individual time period of the plurality is of a duration to dispense from the chute an associated predetermined quantity of ice. In response to dispensing ice from the chute, an agitator in the bin is operated for one of a plurality of different time periods, where each individual time period of the plurality is of a duration to move through the bin outlet passage and into the upper end of the chute an amount of ice substantially equal to that dispensed. The ice dispensing system is provided with an improved user interface and user programmable features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius, Inc
    Inventors: David K. Njaastad, Dusan N. Ivancevic, Daniel C. Leaver, Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Bassey E. Duke
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8210094
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coffee dosing device comprising a ground coffee receiving chamber (1), provided with a passage hatch (8) leading to outlet conduits (6-7). Each of these outlet conduits includes a lower outlet hatch (10-11) and an intermediate hatch (23-24) which, in their closed positions, define two ground coffee storage chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Quality Espresso, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Angel Marcotegui Goni
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120024886
    Abstract: It is provided a dispensing device for a fluid container, which includes a container cap, a switching nozzle, a securing mechanism and a dispensing compartment. The container cap has apertures, and the switching nozzle has a closing state and an opening state, wherein in the closing state the switching nozzle hermetically sealing the apertures. An oval skirt is attached to the switching nozzle embracing the container cap, having protrusions for fixing the skirt to the container cap. Pressing the skirt releases the fixing and allows switching to an opening state. The dispensing compartment includes an annular portion, a setting mechanism, and a cover mechanism. The setting mechanism determines the limited volume of the dispensing compartment and secures the limited volume from undesired variation. The annular portion has a plurality of clefts and an associated plurality of quantity markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Yaniv AVIRAM
  • Publication number: 20120006846
    Abstract: An ice supply system includes an ice transport system, a volumetric feeder coupled with the ice transport system and adapted to deliver a preset volume of ice to an ice output system, and an ice delivery controller coupled with the ice transport system, the volumetric feeder, and the ice output system. The ice delivery controller receives ice requests from the ice output system, controls the delivery of ice from the ice transport system to the volumetric feeder in response to ice requests, controls the volumetric feeder to receive the preset volume of ice therein, and controls the delivery of the preset volume of ice from the volumetric feeder to the ice output system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: J. Eric Berge, Brandon D. Berge, Mark A. McClure, Glenn S. Seamark
  • Publication number: 20110290828
    Abstract: A metering arrangement is adapted for dispensing metered quantities of liquid from a container via a lower outlet passage thereof. The metering arrangement includes a first valve which is placed in the outlet passage and is adapted to open in response to an excess pressure in the container and close in response to a negative pressure in the container. The metering arrangement also includes a second valve which is placed in the outlet passage upstream or at a higher level than the first valve and is adapted to close in response to opening of the first valve and to open in response to a negative pressure. This enables the container to dispense a liquid like e.g. a liquid soap in portions, which portions have exactly the same size each time a dispensing operation is conducted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Søren Lolk
  • 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: 8038874
    Abstract: A treatment system comprising a holding tank for a source liquid, a pump having a pump inlet for the intake of source liquid and a pump discharge, at least one conduit connected to the pump discharge and a liquid dispenser connected to the one conduit, the dispenser comprising a container for treating liquid, a feed conduit, a dosing chamber for receiving treating liquid via the feed conduit, a vent for breaking an airlock in the dosing chamber, a first valve connected to the dosing chamber for controlling flow of treating liquid through the first valve, a second valve connected to the first valve, the second valve being operative in response to pressure resulting from the pumping of source liquid through the at least one conduit to close the second valve and open the first valve, stopping of the pump resulting in opening of the second valve and introduction of the treating liquid from the dosing chamber and into the source liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20110220689
    Abstract: An ice dispense system for an ice dispenser is characterized by a chute having an ice receiving upper end in communication with an ice bin outlet passage and an ice dispensing lower end. Beginning with the chute filled with ice and its lower end closed, to dispense a selected quantity of ice, the chute lower end is opened for one of a plurality of different time periods, where each individual time period of the plurality is of a duration to dispense from the chute an associated predetermined quantity of ice. In response to dispensing ice from the chute, an agitator in the bin is operated for one of a plurality of different time periods, where each individual time period of the plurality is of a duration to move through the bin outlet passage and into the upper end of the chute an amount of ice substantially equal to that dispensed. The ice dispensing system is provided with an improved user interface and user programmable features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: David K. Njaastad, Dusan N. Ivancevic, Daniel C. Leaver, Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Bassey E. Duke
  • Patent number: 7959031
    Abstract: A method for a metering and dispensing device for free flowing materials includes a volume body having first and second ends, and a volumetric channel extending therethrough. The second end of the volume body is adapted for attachment to the opening of a container holding the free flowing material. The device further includes a measuring partition operatively associated with the second end of the volume body. The measuring partition includes a barrier lip portion extending therefrom into the volumetric channel, and a measuring opening selectively movable from a closed position to an open position relative to the volumetric channel, wherein the selective movement of the measuring opening simultaneously causes the barrier lip portion to vary the volume of the volumetric channel relative to the measuring opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Fredrik J. Ranney
  • Publication number: 20110132937
    Abstract: A treatment system comprising a holding tank for a source liquid, a pump having a pump inlet for the intake of source liquid and a pump discharge, at least one conduit connected to the pump discharge and a liquid dispenser connected to the one conduit, the dispenser comprising a container for treating liquid, a feed conduit, a dosing chamber for receiving treating liquid via the feed conduit,, a vent for breaking an airlock in the dosing chamber, a first valve connected to the dosing chamber for controlling flow of treating liquid through the first valve, a second valve connected to the first valve, the second valve being operative in response to pressure resulting from the pumping of source liquid through the at least one conduit to close the second valve and open the first valve, stopping of the pump resulting in opening of the second valve and introduction of the treating liquid from the dosing chamber and into the source liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • Patent number: 7875170
    Abstract: A treatment system comprising a holding tank for a source liquid, a pump having a pump inlet for the intake of source liquid and a pump discharge, at least one conduit connected to the pump discharge and a liquid dispenser connected to the one conduit, the dispenser comprising a container for treating liquid, a feed conduit, a dosing chamber for receiving treating liquid via the feed conduit, a vent for breaking an airlock in the dosing chamber, a first valve connected to the dosing chamber for controlling flow of treating liquid through the first valve, a second valve connected to the first valve, the second valve being operative in response to pressure resulting from the pumping of source liquid through the at least one conduit to close the second valve and open the first valve, stopping of the pump resulting in opening of the second valve and introduction of the treating liquid from the dosing chamber and into the source liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • 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: 7748579
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus (10) includes a container unit (100) and a measuring unit (200) coupled to be angularly displaceable one relative to the other between at least open and closed positions. The container unit (100) includes a base (110) and a first partition (122) substantially enclosing a storage compartment (1100). The first partition (122) is formed with an access opening (1220) communicating with the storage compartment (1100). The measuring unit (200) includes a capsule (210) and a second partition (220) substantially enclosing a metering compartment (2100). The second partition (220) is formed with an access opening (2220) at least partially aligning with the access opening (1220) of the first partition (122) in the open position, whereby a predetermined quantity of material may be displaced into the metering compartment (2100) for subsequent dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Jai Shin
  • Publication number: 20100065578
    Abstract: A novel enhanced stopcock is disclosed, as well as related methods, that safely controls flow of flow materials from a pump. Pump fills a first chamber, from which a second chamber is filled. Flow material is dispensed from the second chamber when the stop cock is moved to a different position wherein it is no longer in fluid communication with the first chamber. Pressure sensors disposed in fluid communication with first and second chambers are used to determine the volume of flow material dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Paul M. DiPerna
  • Patent number: 7618251
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for processing an edible product in the form a viscous to pasty mass (1), especially an edible product based on a fat mass, such as chocolate, or based on water, such as ice cream. Said device comprises a dosing unit (2) for the dosed delivery of a specific volume of the mass (1) to shaping units (13). The movement of the displacement element (6) determining the dosage volume is performed via servo drive (9) while an inlet (4) and an outlet (5) are closed and opened via servo drive or pneumatic drive, respectively. Preferably, the displacement element is embodied as a combined lifting/rotating plunger (6) which can perform a linear movement for a suctioning lift and a dosing lift while being able to perform a rotary movement for opening and closing the inlet (4) and the outlet (5), i.e. a valve function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Buhler AG
    Inventors: Uwe Steiner, Karl-Jürgen Kasemann, Michael Paul
  • Patent number: 7472808
    Abstract: A powder body metering apparatus for metering a powder body such as a synthetic resin raw material is structured such that a powder body outlet of a metering container of another metering apparatus is connected to a second opening (50), whereby a powder body transport system is constructed, the powder body within the metering container of the other metering apparatus can be transported to a predetermined place via a metering container (32), by finishing a discharge of the powder body within the metering container (32), thereafter keeping a switch valve (36) in a closed state, filling the powder body in the metering container of the other metering apparatus and thereafter generating a gas stream toward a first opening (49) from the second opening (50), thus the metering container (32) being utilized as a part of a transport pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Matsui MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Hanaoka, Satoshi Ishii
  • Publication number: 20090001104
    Abstract: A method for a metering and dispensing device for free flowing materials includes a volume body having first and second ends, and a volumetric channel extending therethrough. The second end of the volume body is adapted for attachment to the opening of a container holding the free flowing material. The device further includes a measuring partition operatively associated with the second end of the volume body. The measuring partition includes a barrier lip portion extending therefrom into the volumetric channel, and a measuring opening selectively movable from a closed position to an open position relative to the volumetric channel, wherein the selective movement of the measuring opening simultaneously causes the barrier lip portion to vary the volume of the volumetric channel relative to the measuring opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Fredrik J. Ranney
  • Publication number: 20080302825
    Abstract: A coffee dispenser includes a storage container (CS) provided with an outlet nozzle (UC) closed by a sliding shutter (G1), as well as a dispensing chamber (CE) arranged under the storage container (CS), connected thereto through the outlet nozzle (UC) and provided at the bottom with a dispensing nozzle (UE) closed by a sliding shutter (G2), both the storage container (CS) and the dispensing chamber (CE) being airtight. For a greater effectiveness, the dispenser can also include a vacuum circuit (PV, CV, TV, TV, TV?, EV, V PS) and/or a circuit for supplying inert gas and/or means to reduce the volume of the container (CS) as the coffee contained therein is dispensed. Such a dispenser assures an optimal storage of the coffee in the coffee machine, even for a long time and regardless of the frequency of usage of the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: PETERVIN SA
    Inventor: Francesco Illy
  • Patent number: 7451901
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing device for free flowing materials includes a volume body having first and second ends, and a volumetric channel extending therethrough. The second end of the volume body is adapted for attachment to the opening of a container holding the free flowing material. The device further includes a measuring partition operatively associated with the second end of the volume body. The measuring partition includes a barrier lip portion extending therefrom into the volumetric channel, and a measuring opening selectively movable from a closed position to an open position relative to the volumetric channel, wherein the selective movement of the measuring opening simultaneously causes the barrier lip portion to vary the volume of the volumetric channel relative to the measuring opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Fredrik J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 7383971
    Abstract: In a powder body metering apparatus for metering a powder body such as a synthetic resin raw material or the like, a powder body discharge port (55) is formed in a lower portion of a metering container (17) of a metering apparatus (6) and is freely opened and closed by a case (50) provided with a porous body (19), the powder body metered by the metering container (17) is discharged from the powder body discharge port (55) of a lower tube (22) by horizontally oscillating the case (50) so as to open the powder body discharge port (55), whereby it is possible to easily meter and confirm a weight or the like of the powder body metered by the metering container (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Matsui Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazunari Hanaoka
  • Publication number: 20080099509
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) includes a hopper (12) for storing dispenser contents, a removable hopper lid (14) forming a substantially air-tight seal with the hopper (12), and a dispensing chamber (16). The dispensing chamber (16) includes a first door (66) for allowing the contents to pass from the hopper (12) to the chamber (16) when open and forming a substantially air-tight seal between the chamber (16) and the hopper (12) when closed, a second door (72) for allowing the contents to leave the chamber (16) when open and retaining the contents in the chamber (16) when closed, and a measuring mechanism (56) for measuring an amount of contents in the dispensing chamber (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: CHARLES MOUNTJOY
  • Patent number: 7168597
    Abstract: A metering valve that includes a valve body defining a metering chamber having an inlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from an open position to a closed position located at the inlet, and an outlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from a dispensing to a non-dispensing position located at the outlet, where the outlet valve includes an outlet valve seat adapted to be in biasable contact with an outlet valve poppet is described. Aerosol containers and inhalation devices that include such metering valves are also described, as are methods of using such inhalation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Smithkline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Patrick Jones, Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Paul Kenneth Rand
  • Patent number: 7118011
    Abstract: A disposable tube set apparatus is provided for delivering a precise volume of a fluid to containers which comprise a reservoir for a fluid, an inlet conduit to the said reservoir, at least one first outlet conduits from the reservoir, a sight tube connected to each of the at least one outlet conduit, each of the sight outlet tubes having an interior wall tapered away from a central vertical axis of each of the sight outlet tubes, a return conduit connecting each of the sight outlet tubes to the reservoir, and a second outlet conduit connected to each of the sight tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Millipore Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Proulx
  • Patent number: 6959843
    Abstract: A powdery mold coating agent supply device includes a tank having at its lower portion a discharge port, the tank storing therein an amount of powdery mold coating agent, a supply, tube connected at its upper end portion to the discharge port and extending downwardly along a vertical line, a first open/close device provided in an upper side of the supply tube for the opening/closing thereof, and a second open/close device provided in a lower side of the supply tube for opening/closing the supply tube and placed away from the first open/close device by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Kondo
  • Patent number: 6877640
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a predetermined measured volume of a fluent material, such as liquid and/or powder, to a washing machine. The device includes a container for storing the fluent material, a flexible tube for delivering the fluent material from the container to the washing machine and at least two control valves along the flexible tube for interrupting the flow of the fluent material. The two control valves define an intermediate portion of the flexible tube having a predetermined measured volume. The first valve is opened to allow the fluent material to flow into and fill the intermediate portion. The second valve is opened after closing the first valve to allow the predetermined volume of fluent material to flow into the washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Kevin Frushone
  • Patent number: 6860409
    Abstract: A dispenser for a liquid, in particular, a bottle-top dispenser, with a cylinder/piston arrangement with a measuring cylinder (1) and a piston (2) which is capable of being displaced therein in a sealed manner, with a valve arrangement (3) connected to the piston (2), with an inlet valve and an outlet valve (5), each provided with a valve body (6) and a valve seat (7). The dispenser is characterized in that all of the parts or regions of the dispenser touched by the liquid are made entirely of a pure thermoplastic material or are coated with a pure thermoplastic material in such a manner that no contact is made by the liquid with the substrate coated with plastic material or with components of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Brand GmbH + CO KG
    Inventors: Walter Lutz, Bernd Udo Bopp, Peter Krank
  • Patent number: 6814262
    Abstract: An assembly for dispensing liquid food product from a food warmer and dispenser that includes a disposable pump. The disposable pump includes a portioning chamber having a hollow open interior that can receive a supply of food product. The disposable pump includes a one-way inlet valve and a one-way outlet valve to control the flow of food product through the disposable pump. The assembly further includes a compressing device positioned to compress the outer wall of the disposable pump to force food product out of a dispensing portion of the pump. The compressing device includes a pair of actuating arms movable about a pivot point positioned between their inner and outer ends. The inner end of each actuating arm is coupled to a drive member that moves the inner ends of each actuating arm toward and away from each other. As the actuating arms move, the outer ends of the actuating arms compress the disposable pump to dispense food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Server Products
    Inventors: Mark Adams, Lisa Allen, Paul Feldner
  • Patent number: 6811061
    Abstract: A device for storing, measuring and dispensing granular and powder material has a container for accommodating a material, a dispensing unit with a casing having a filling opening and a dispensing opening and a slight movable in the casing between the filling position in which a slight compartment can side with the filling opening for pouring the material from the container into the slide, a spring, and a spring moving the slide from the filling position to a dispensing position in which the dispensing opening coincides with the filling opening of the casing and a spring arranged so that the slide can be moved from the filling position to the dispensing position by a user with overcoming a spring force, while the spring moves the slide from dispersing position to the stirring position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Yuri Tuvim
  • 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: 20040173643
    Abstract: A device for storing, measuring and dispensing granular and powder materials has a container for accommodating a material, and a dispensing unit connected to the container, the dispensing unit including a casing provided with a filling opening communicating with an interior of the container and a dispensing opening which is spaced from the filling opening and formed to dispense a material, a slide movable in a passage of the casing and having a slide compartment formed so that when the slide is moved in the passage to a filling position the slide compartment coincides with the filling opening and when the slide is moved to a dispensing position the slide compartment coincides with the dispensing opening so that the material can be poured from the container through the filling opening into the slide compartment in the filling position and dispensed from the slide compartment in the dispensing position, and a spring provided between the casing and the slide so that the slide is moved from the filling position t
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Yuri Tuvim
  • Publication number: 20030209571
    Abstract: A container has a lid connected to a spout. The lid has an inner door which allows communication between the container and the spout. The spout has an outer door. To remove material from the container, one opens the inner door, while maintaining the outer door closed, and transfers material from the container to the spout. One then closes the inner door, and then opens the outer door, allowing material to exit the spout. At all times, material in the container is sealed from the outside by at least one of the inner door and the outer door. The invention helps to maintain the freshness of the material in the container, by virtually eliminating direct contact between such material and the outside environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Charles K. Smith
  • Patent number: 6550640
    Abstract: A container top includes rotatable elements that are used to dispense matter from the container. The top includes a drum with chambers of varying volumes, and a rotatable disc on opposing ends of the drum to allow material to flow into and out of selected chambers of the drum. A spout is rotatably connected to one end of the drum with one disc connected to rotate with the spout, and a cap is rotatably connected to an opposing end of the drum. The drum and spout are rotated to control the filling of the chambers and the emptying of selected chambers. Latches extend between the parts to hold them together while allowing the rotation. Resilient rings are interposed between the drum and mating parts to allow resilient sealing of the chambers during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: William G. Smith