Retarded Or Delayed Action Flow Controllers Or Closures Patents (Class 222/477)
  • Patent number: 10488240
    Abstract: An apparatus and means of repeatedly dispensing controlled doses of liquid contained in a resiliently squeezable container, wherein the dose size can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte
  • Patent number: 10477940
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a folder type cosmetic container that can reduce waste of content in the container by dispensing a predetermined amount of the content when the content is pressed by a pressing-dispensing member, so it can be conveniently used. Further, the folder type cosmetic container can improve productivity, reduce the manufacturing cost, and improve convenience in use by employing a simple structure for dispensing a predetermined amount of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CTK COSMETICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: In Yong Chung, Won Geun Go, Choung Gil Ok, Jae Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 10315909
    Abstract: A signaling apparatus paces a free pour count and choreographs a movement to stop pouring. The apparatus emits a first signal after an approximately 200-ms time interval and a series of subsequent signals every approximately 400-ms thereafter. The first time interval approximates a first time, measured from a moment the sensor detects the start of the pour, needed to dispense a first unit of beverage through the pour spout, minus a second time needed to react to a signal and stop the pour. The 400-ms time interval approximates the time required to dispense each subsequent unit of beverage through the pour spout. In one embodiment, the signaling apparatus emits sequential pulses according to the pattern Y-Y-Y-Y-G-Y-Y-R, wherein Y is yellow, G is green, and R is red, wherein each pulse represents a quarter-ounce increment, the green pulse represents a standard pour, and the red pulse represents a full pour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Creative Beverage Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Wittrup, Bobby J. Davis
  • Patent number: 10239671
    Abstract: An apparatus and means of repeatedly dispensing controlled doses of liquid comprising a resiliently squeezable container for containing a liquid detergent composition; a cap operably connected to said container, the cap comprising a nozzle for expelling the liquid out of the container; a dosing chamber operably connected to the cap, wherein the dosing chamber comprises a base having a discharge opening therein, sidewalls extending upwardly along the perimeter of said base and at least one inlet opening located proximal the sidewalls; at least one timer aperture located proximal to the discharge opening; a plunger, provided in the dosing chamber and moveable relative to the chamber so as to advance upon squeezing of the container, up to a blocking position; a valve retaining means located below the base; a valve provided in the valve retaining mean wherein the valve is movable from an open position, allowing liquid flow through the discharge opening, and a closed position, where the valve blocks the discharge
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jimmy Schoubben, Wolfram Beck, Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte
  • Patent number: 10039409
    Abstract: A beverage brewing device includes a lower container for receiving and heating water, a connected upper container for receiving beverage, and a piston-cylinder assembly for receiving grounds, captured within the lower container. The piston-cylinder assembly includes a cylinder, a piston movable in the cylinder, a conical diffuser fixedly attached to the piston, and a freely movable mass disposed between the piston and the conical diffuser. The piston and the conical diffuser define an expansion chamber therebetween. The chamber is formed between a diffuser plate forming the top of the piston and an inner conical surface of the diffuser, which defines an orifice functioning as a nozzle. The diffuser plate has a plurality of holes, on which the grounds are placed. The mass is seated at a valve seat at the entrance of the expansion chamber to operatively block the flow of fluid through the nozzle when the pressure of the fluid is insufficient to displace the weight of the mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen A. Longo
  • Patent number: 9718665
    Abstract: A signaling apparatus paces a free pour count and choreographs a movement to stop pouring. The apparatus emits a first signal after an approximately 200-ms time interval and a series of subsequent signals every approximately 400-ms thereafter. The first time interval approximates a first time, measured from a moment the sensor detects the start of the pour, needed to dispense a first unit of beverage through the pour spout, minus a second time needed to react to a signal and stop the pour. The 400-ms time interval approximates the time required to dispense each subsequent unit of beverage through the pour spout. In one embodiment, the signaling apparatus emits sequential pulses according to the pattern Y-Y-Y-Y-G-Y-Y-R, wherein Y is yellow, G is green, and R is red, wherein each pulse represents a quarter-ounce increment, the green pulse represents a standard pour, and the red pulse represents a full pour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CREATIVE BEVERAGE SOLUTIONS, LLC.
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Wittrup, Bobby Jake Davis
  • Patent number: 9004325
    Abstract: An ice dispenser for a domestic refrigerator includes a lever having a housing with a passageway defined therein and a flapper door configured to pivot between a closed position in which ice is prevented from advancing into the passageway and an open position in which ice is permitted to advance into the passageway. A linkage is coupled to the lever and the flapper door such that movement of the lever causes the flapper door to move from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin E. Licht, Garett L. Strandemo
  • Patent number: 8887968
    Abstract: An apparatus for capping a jar includes a plastic flat plate having a top and a bottom and a depending skirt with internal threadings and a hole in the flat plate. A measured liquor pouring spout inserted through the hole in the plate has a channel for flow of liquid and a cap sized and shaped to cover a liquor bottle with a lower skirt that abuts the top of the flat plate. The spout has a lower stem with a first radial flange under the cap abutting the top of the flat plate and a second radial flange under the cap spaced below the first radial flange. A gasket on the lower stem below the flat plate closes portions of the hole that surround the lower stem and secures the stem in position by fitting between the second radial flange and the bottom of the flat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Call
  • Publication number: 20140124544
    Abstract: An ice dispenser for a domestic refrigerator includes a lever having a housing with a passageway defined therein and a flapper door configured to pivot between a closed position in which ice is prevented from advancing into the passageway and an open position in which ice is permitted to advance into the passageway. A linkage is coupled to the lever and the flapper door such that movement of the lever causes the flapper door to move from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: KEVIN E. LICHT, GARETT L. STRANDEMO
  • Publication number: 20140008398
    Abstract: A dosing device for dispensing liquid from a container (1) in which flow through flow openings (23) to an outlet tube (44) is blocked after controlled delay by an obturator (3) moveable within a control chamber (2) mounted in a container neck (101) behind the outlet tube (44). Movement of the obturator (3) is governed by restricted flow through control openings (28) at the rear of the control chamber. Restoration of the obturator to the back of the control chamber facilitates repeated dosing. An elastomeric element (6) of resiliently deformable material promotes a seal to achieve a cleanly defined dose. In one proposal the elastomeric element coats the surface of the obturator and/or the outlet tube (64) to cut off the flow. Another proposal provides a one-way elastomeric valve element (63) for blocking the flow openings to enable rapid recovery after a dosing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Robert Law, Jeffrey William Spencer, David John Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8617123
    Abstract: A pre-filled vial assembly adapted for dispensing and delivering a fluid includes: a body member having a distal end, a proximal end, and a sidewall extending therebetween defining an interior; and a transitionable stopper disposed within the interior of the body member. At least a portion of the body member is engageable with a source of air or fluid for advancing the transitionable stopper from an initial position to an activated position in which at least a portion of a fluid contained within the interior of the body member is advanced therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Tracy Ray Hottovy, Eric Schiller
  • Patent number: 8556136
    Abstract: A beverage pourer/saver having a unique ball stopper mechanism is provided. A ball stopper lifting mechanism is incorporated into the spout of the pourer and is configured so as to allow a ball stopper to operate to both seal the container when not in used, and provide a smooth pouring action during use. The ball stopper lifting mechanism lifts the ball stopper during a pouring action such that the poured liquid can pass under the ball stopper, while simultaneously allowing air to pass over the ball stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Chi Huynh
  • Patent number: 8528795
    Abstract: A dosing device for dispensing liquid from a container (1) in which flow through flow openings (23) to an outlet tube (44) is blocked after controlled delay by an obturator (3) moveable within a control chamber (2) mounted in a container neck (101) behind the outlet tube (44). Movement of the obturator (3) is governed by restricted flow through control openings (28) at the rear of the control chamber. Restoration of the obturator to the back of the control chamber facilitates repeated dosing. An elastomeric element (6) of resiliently deformable material promotes a seal to achieve a cleanly defined dose. In one proposal the elastomeric element coats the surface of the obturator and/or the outlet tube (64) to cut off the flow. Another proposal provides a one-way elastomeric valve element (63) for blocking the flow openings to enable rapid recovery after a dosing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Robert Law, Jeffrey William Spencer, David John Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8251262
    Abstract: A pour spout including a liquid metering orifice and a reciprocating control valve assembly mounted to prevent “blocked”, “short shot” and “free pour” conditions. The control valve assembly controls a pressure differential to restrain and release a primary flow valve piece. Weight pieces are included at alternative shutter-acting control valve pieces. Other electromechanical and/or electromagnetic and/or permanent magnet control valve assemblies are disclosed. A molded pour spout is also provided having a check ball mounted for reciprocating movement between a plurality of integral ribs that project into a longitudinal flow path. An improved vent assembly is also provided to maintain the pour accuracy with progressively decreasing liquid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy Peckels
  • Publication number: 20120097714
    Abstract: An apparatus and means of repeatedly dispensing controlled doses of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte, Wolfram Beck, Miranda Lambrigts
  • Patent number: 8083106
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice dispenser with a duct cap for opening and closing an ice duct of the dispenser. A user operated lever is operably coupled to both the duct cap, and a joint member. A frictional member is disposed to come in frictional contact with the joint member as the duct cap moves between open and closed position. An elastic member elastically supports the joint member with respect to the lever. The closing operation of the duct cap is delayed by using a frictional force developed between the joint member and the frictional member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Nam Soo Cho, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Publication number: 20110198371
    Abstract: A dosing device for dispensing liquid from a container (1) in which flow through flow openings (23) to an outlet tube (44) is blocked after controlled delay by an obturator (3) moveable within a control chamber (2) mounted in a container neck (101) behind the outlet tube (44). Movement of the obturator (3) is governed by restricted flow through control openings (28) at the rear of the control chamber. Restoration of the obturator to the back of the control chamber facilitates repeated dosing. An elastomeric element (6) of resiliently deformable material promotes a seal to achieve a cleanly defined dose. In one proposal the elastomeric element coats the surface of the obturator and/or the outlet tube (64) to cut off the flow. Another proposal provides a one-way elastomeric valve element (63) for blocking the flow openings to enable rapid recovery after a dosing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Robert Law, Jeffrey William Spencer, David John Pritchett
  • Patent number: 7913883
    Abstract: A nozzle having a valve that uses the movement and viscosity of a dispensing substance to move to closure and having no means for retracting the valve results in a single-use nozzle comprising an attachable collar with a curvilinearly extending spout for easy application of dental compounds to one's teeth either directly or by means of applying to a brush from a general container such as a toothpaste tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Kaufman
  • Publication number: 20110036873
    Abstract: A pour spout including a liquid metering orifice and a reciprocating control valve assembly mounted to prevent “blocked”, “short shot” and “free pour” conditions. The control valve assembly controls a pressure differential to restrain and release a primary flow valve piece. Weight pieces are included at alternative shutter-acting control valve pieces. Other electromechanical and/or electromagnetic and/or permanent magnet control valve assemblies are disclosed. A molded pour spout is also provided having a check ball mounted for reciprocating movement between a plurality of integral ribs that project into a longitudinal flow path. An improved vent assembly is also provided to maintain the pour accuracy with progressively decreasing liquid volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Peckels
  • Patent number: 7841493
    Abstract: A dispenser for a refrigerator is provided. The dispenser may include a cover which opens or shuts an opening of a duct that guides contents from an interior of the refrigerator to the dispenser for discharge. An actuator transmits an externally applied force to the cover to cause the cover to move and selectively open and shut the opening. A regulator controls action of the actuator to adjust movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Sung Jhee, Nam Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 7823755
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided which includes a duct cap disposed so as to open and close an ice duct formed in the refrigerator, an opening and closing device connected so as to open and close the duct cap, and a damper connected to one of the duct cap and the opening and closing device such that a closing operation of the duct cap is delayed. The opening and closing device allows the duct cap to be manually opened and closed, and the damper is interlocked with the opening and closing device so as to delay a closing operation of the duct cap. With this structure, cost may be reduced and noise and/or vibration minimized, compared with mechanisms with the closing operation of the duct cap delayed using electric driving parts, such as solenoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Sung Jhee, Nam Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 7757512
    Abstract: An ice dispenser has a duct cap and a controller to control movement of the duct cap. The controller includes a guide, a first control surface, and a second control surface. A first frictional force between the guide and the first control surface is greater than a second frictional force between the guide and the second control surface. The first frictional force controls the duct cap to move at a first rate and the second friction force controls the duct cap to move at a second rate faster than the first rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Sung Jhee, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7673469
    Abstract: A refrigerator with an ice dispenser includes a spiral type time delay unit for controlling the opening and closing of an ice duct. A duct cap opens and closes an ice duct formed in the refrigerator. A rotating shaft of the time delay unit is operably connected to the duct cap. Foldaway catching members on a rotating shaft intersect with a threaded cylindrical body. The catching members fold back to allow a quick opening of the ice duct. The catching members then interact with the threaded cylindrical body as the ice duct closes to delay the closing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Nam Soo Cho, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7445137
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a dispenser casing on which an ice discharge opening is formed and an opening/closing member placed in the dispenser casing for opening/closing the ice discharge opening. The dispenser also includes a lever member connected with the opening/closing member for making the opening/closing member rotate toward an open position; a damper member operated by the opening/closing member for controlling the closing speed of the opening/closing member when the opening/closing member rotates toward a close position; and a lever return member disposed between the dispenser casing and the lever member, the lever return member returning the lever member to an initial position independent of the closing speed of the opening/closing member. Thus, the return speeds of the opening/closing member and the lever member operate independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo-seok Noh, Jae-sek Oh
  • Publication number: 20080121667
    Abstract: A dispenser for a refrigerator is provided. The dispenser may include a cover which opens or shuts an opening of a duct that guides contents from an interior of the refrigerator to the dispenser for discharge. An actuator transmits an externally applied force to the cover to cause the cover to move and selectively open and shut the opening. A regulator controls action of the actuator to adjust movement of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Sung Jhee, Nam Soo Cho
  • Publication number: 20080061088
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice dispenser with a duct cap for opening and closing an ice duct of the dispenser. A user operated lever is operably coupled to both the duct cap, and a joint member. A frictional member is disposed to come in frictional contact with the joint member as the duct cap moves between open and closed position. An elastic member elastically supports the joint member with respect to the lever. The closing operation of the duct cap is delayed by using a frictional force developed between the joint member and the frictional member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Nam Soo Cho, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7234612
    Abstract: A delay mechanism including one or more suction cups which during a normal cycle of dispensing from a liquid dispenser come to engage on a surface and thereby delay the return of an actuating member in the dispenser to a position for further dispensing until such time as the suction cup disengages from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Hygiene-Technik Inc.
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 7228994
    Abstract: A delay flow water reservoir for a clothes dryer cabinet and method of use is provided. The delay flow reservoir has a container having an opening and a cap engaging the opening. The cap has a delay chamber with a drain opening, a seal covering the opening with first and second seal holes, and the delayed flow reservoir. The delay chamber fills with water from the container before draining into the clothes drying cabinets. The method of using the delay flow water reservoir permits the user to fill a container while in an upright position and then moving the delay flow water reservoir to an overturned dispense position. The method permits water to drain into the delay reservoir rather than out the drain opening while the user moves the reservoir into operational communication in the clothes drying cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Bethany C. Noyes, Dennis S. Prows, Don J. Rydberg
  • Patent number: 7121436
    Abstract: An improved non-spill water bottle cap is developed for preventing water spillage when a water bottle is inverted to place on a water dispenser. The improved non-spill water bottle cap comprises a cylindrical plastic tube (10), a spherical float (20) for controlling the water flow, a plastic cap head (30) integrally formed with the cylindrical plastic tube (10), an edge frame (11) disposed at the end of the cylindrical plastic tube (10) and an annular flange (13) with a plurality of peepholes (13a) disposed at the mouth of the plastic cap head (30) for retaining the spherical float (20) inside the cylindrical plastic tube (10), and an annular sealing ridge (12) for momentarily blocking the water flow path by contacting the spherical float (20) to form a seal when the water bottle is inverted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: Myong-Hoon Lee, Won-Hie Choi
  • Patent number: 7028824
    Abstract: A system and method for causing a differential flow rate to exist in a downspout so as to reduce abrasion of a bottom side of said downspout and to sort dry bulk material flowing therethrough. The present invention reduces the velocity of the mass of the dry bulk material, such as corn, thus preserving grain quality and reducing the exit velocity at the lower end of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Karl W. Nolin
  • Patent number: 6997358
    Abstract: A device (2) for fitting to the neck of a deformable bottle (4) to give a metered dose of liquid when the bottle is squeezed. The liquid dispensed through outlet (30) has to pass through a metering chamber (34) in which it is directed around or through a freely-moving shuttle (8), movement of the shuttle (8) with the flow being resisted by the creation of a partial vacuum in the expanding control chamber (42) behind the shuttle, so that the rate at which the shuttle moves to the outlet end of the metering chamber (34) to close the outlet (30), and hence the amount of liquid dispensed, is controlled by the rate at which liquid can enter control chamber (42). Because it is configured so that all the liquid enters metering chamber (34) at its inward end, the chamber may fitted either inside or outside the neck of the bottle (4) and the dose may be adjusted by moving the outlet (30) closer to, or further from, the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Anthony Charles Lammond Wass
  • Patent number: 6773668
    Abstract: A solid detergent dispenser for use with a dishwashing machine includes a chamber and a lid. The chamber is configured and arranged to receive a solid detergent having a particular composition. A water inlet receives water from a water source, and the water flows through a tunnel into the bottom of the chamber. The chamber is flooded with water from the bottom to ensure relatively constant erosion of the solid detergent, which ensures that a relatively constant concentration of the solid detergent is used in the dishwashing machine. A water outlet allows water to flow out of the chamber into the dishwashing machine. The water must flow into the chamber faster than it flows out of the chamber to ensure that the appropriate amount of dissolution of the solid detergent occurs. The only valve used in the preferred embodiment is a valve to control the amount of water flowing into the water inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Ecolab, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Everson, Lee M. Monsrud, Michael P. Kremer, Edward D. Sowle
  • Patent number: 6582668
    Abstract: A buoyant dispensing device for dispensing a material into a body of water. An inner receptacle contains the material and has apertures to permit the material to escape therefrom. A housing having an outer receptacle houses the inner receptacle therein and has corresponding apertures. The inner and outer receptacles are rotatable and fixable with respect to one another to enable a varying degree of overlap between the apertures to control the amount of material dispensed therethrough. Vanes circumscribe the receptacles and corresponding spokes and guard rings interconnect the receptacles and the vanes and keep the receptacles spaced a predetermined distance from other objects. The vanes absorb an impulse force from the body of water and impart the impulse force to the receptacles in the form of a rotational reaction force whereby the dispensing device rotationally and linearly displaces itself within the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Ivan L. Green
  • Patent number: 6343723
    Abstract: A device for assisting in the dispensing of liquid comprising a shaft having a substantially hollow passage therein, a first cap disposed on a first end of the shaft, a second cap disposed on a second end of the shaft, the second cap having an opening therein which is substantially aligned with the hollow passage, and, a spider guide disposed between the second cap and the shaft, wherein the shaft has at least one hole therein disposed at a position closer to the first end of the shaft than the second end of the shaft. The device is preferably inserted into a container which holds liquid to be dispensed. The device provide a venting and dispensing controlling system whereby defined quantities of liquid can be dispensed from the container quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Inventor: Frederick R. Hickerson
  • Patent number: 6276572
    Abstract: A device for assisting in the dispensing of a product (liquid or solid) comprising a shaft having a substantially hollow passage therein, a first cone-shaped cap disposed on a first end of the shaft, a second cap disposed on a second end of the shaft, said second cap having an opening therein which is substantially aligned with the hollow passage, and, a spider guide disposed between the second cap and the shaft, wherein the shaft has at least one hole therein disposed at a position closer to the first end of the shaft than the second end of the shaft. The device is preferably inserted into a container which holds product to be dispensed. The device provide a venting and dispensing controlling system whereby defined quantities of product can be dispensed from the container quickly and efficiently. The first cone-shaped cap allows the device to be inserted into containers with smaller necks, while still maintaining a large dose amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Sussex Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Evans
  • Patent number: 6241131
    Abstract: The present invention provides a delayed spray actuator for aerosol which is convenient for a user at the time of an ejection operation, that is simple in the entire construction, and that elongates a delayed time period. When a valve member 1 is depressed, the valve member 1, a cover member 5 and a stem 1 are moved downwardly to open a valve portion of the stem 10 and an outer sheath portion 7 is held in a state in which a protruded portion 7a thereof is engaged with a protruded portion 15c of a cover body 15. In this state, an end portion of a skirt portion 4c of a sheath-like responding portion 4 is closely contacted with a small diameter portion 6b of an inner circumferential surface of an inner cylinder portion 6, and a flow passage defined by a hole portion 6e, a groove portion 4b, and an output side hole portion 2a is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Dainihon Jochugiku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Katsuda, Hiroyuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 6135260
    Abstract: A rotary coin mechanism is provided with a braking system in which one end of a stationary brake arm is anchored to the frame of the mechanism. The other end of the brake arm provides a breaking ring which surrounds the hub of the drive gear and applies a compressive force thereto, to frictionally restrain the drive gear and thus prevent the coin mechanism from free-wheeling rotation. In the preferred embodiment the braking ring is open at one end and merges into a bifurcated stem which provides an adjusting screw to adjust the compressive force applied by the braking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Machine-O-Matic Limited
    Inventor: Josef W. Schwarzli
  • Patent number: 6135173
    Abstract: An ice dispenser for a refrigerator includes an ice reservoir mounted inside the refrigerator, an ice supplier disposed within the ice reservoir, a cavity mounted in a refrigerator door, an ice supply tube communicating the ice reservoir with the cavity, a damper door for opening and closing the ice supply tube, and an elastic member biasing the damper door toward the ice supply tube closing position. A mounting lever pivotally fixed on the cavity, a damper door opening lever extending from an extreme end of the mounting lever to one side of the damper door, a switch operating lever extending from the extreme end of the mounting lever, and a switch operated by a pivotal movement of the switch operating lever are provided. A retardation means for retarding the return of the damper door to the closed position for a predetermined time after pieces of ice are dispensed out of the cavity and the switch is turned OFF is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung-In Lee, Joon-Dong Ji
  • Patent number: 6123225
    Abstract: A liquid pourer for pouring liquid from a bottle, most likely liquor, has a new sealing cork enabling much easier insertion and extraction of the pourer into and out of a bottle, a new cork and collar combination enabling similar easier insertion and extraction, and a new dump cap for portion control pouring wherein a new assembly and sealing method and structure is provided, and numerous new improvements making the pourer provide higher quality pouring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Arganious E. Peckels
  • Patent number: 5996860
    Abstract: A novel fluid container system comprises a container having a port at an upper end through which port fluid is permitted to pass for emptying the container. A restricter is provided within the container for momentarily restricting fluid flow out of the port when the container is inverted, the restricter having a construction such that a restricted fluid flow is permitted through the port for a period of time when the container is inverted, after which period of time a substantially less restricted fluid flow is permitted through the port. A retainer retains the restricter in the vicinity of the port. The retainer is disposed on an inner surface of the upper end of the container and extends inwardly from the inner surface. The retainer can include a substantially horizontal arcuate member or a circular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Alley
  • Patent number: 5961008
    Abstract: A liquid pourer for pouring liquid from a bottle, most likely liquor, has a new sealing cork enabling much easier insertion and extraction of the pourer into and out of a bottle, a new cork and collar combination enabling similar easier insertion and extraction, and a new dump cap for portion control pouring wherein a new assembly and sealing method and structure is provided, and numerous new improvements making the pourer provide higher quality pouring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Arganius E. Peckels
  • Patent number: 5908143
    Abstract: A manually operated dispenser for dispensing single shots of liquid with a built-in extended delay between each manually dispensed shot is described. The dispenser contains a manually operated pump for withdrawing a single shot of liquid from the reservoir of liquid, an outlet through which the pump dispenses the single shot and a reciprocal piston and cylinder assembly on the pump. The piston is ready to dispense the single shot of liquid into the outlet when in a retracted position. A plunger which is biased to move away from the piston manually moves the piston to dispense the shot. A detent is provided for locking the plunger in an outward position. A piston spring is loaded in a manner such that when the piston is moved to a retracted position the detent is disengaged and the relative movement of the piston from the extended position to the retracted position defines a built in extended delay between dispensed shots of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Diversey Lever, Inc.
    Inventors: Garry William Crossdale, Ken John Herbert Bird, Brian Peter Onufryk, David Grant Barnett
  • Patent number: 5904272
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for liquids which responds to actuation either by squeezing or by some other action to cause dispensing. Liquid is stored in an enclosure and an outlet structure has an outlet passageway which carries liquid from the enclosure to exit outside the dispenser. A buoyant bell combines with the passageway to trap liquid in the enclosure. If preferred, upon actuation liquid will flow initially, and then the bell can be made to seal the outlet structure to stop liquid flow thereby simulating a pumping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Kaufman Products Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Kaufman, Edmond L. Rampen
  • Patent number: 5795551
    Abstract: A chemical controller device for delaying the distribution of chlorinating chemicals into a swimming pool is disclosed. The chemical controller includes a floating dispenser with an inlet port and an outlet port. The floating dispenser contains the swimming pool chlorinating chemicals. A plug of a suitable chemical which dissolves in the pool water sealably blocks the outlet port and prevent contact between the chlorinating chemicals and the pool water. The chemical plug dissolves in the pool water over a period of time and then starts the chlorination process. The length of the chemical plug determines the number of days before the plug dissolves and thus when chlorination of the pool will commence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Powell
  • Patent number: 5702036
    Abstract: This invention is a total release actuator having a structure that provides a time delay between the activation of an aerosol valve in an associated aerosol container and the discharge of product through the actuator. The structure effecting the time delay is an inflatable and movable component which slowly expands and moves upwardly when product is slowly introduced from the container to a closed chamber defined in part by the inflatable and movable component; the closed chamber being initially out of registry with a discharge conduit and orifice but which, after the chamber is slowly filled with product, moves into register with the said discharge conduit and orifice and product is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Precision Valve Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel A. Ferrara, Jr.
  • 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: 5044521
    Abstract: Bottle mounted liquid metering apparatus including a helical fastener band self-adapting to a thread pitch. In alternative embodiments, collars rotatively supported relative to a pour tube and a plug portion control the size of a vent aperture and/or a fill window within the interior of the bottle along the pour tube and thereby the volume dispensed; a bottle vent integrally extends from the body of a threaded cap or a plug in radial relation thereto; and electronically timed annunciator means sequentially, uniformly meter a dispensed volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventor: Arganius Peckels
  • Patent number: 4991747
    Abstract: A reciprocating pump for dispensing liquids from a container comprises a hollow body in which is slidably fitted a hollow piston. A piston seat is located in the body and provides a segment sized for sealing fit inside the hollow piston, thereby minimizing possible leakage through the pump when it is transported with a liquid filled container. Upper and lower valves are provided in the piston and body respectively. The piston seat is adapted to interact with the upper valve member to hold it open during a portion of an upward stroke of the piston thereby drawing any undispensed liquid back into the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Risdon Corporation
    Inventor: Owen F. Van Brocklin
  • Patent number: 4892236
    Abstract: A measure for use in dispensing drinks and other liquids which are of relatively high viscosity, such as cream based liqueurs, having a measuring chamber with an entry port and an exit port, an internal operating standard and an actuator to move the internal operating standard between a dispensing position in which it seals the entry port and a resting position in which it seals the exit port. The dispensing measure is also provided with a nose external to the measuring chamber, whereby having an external surface for guiding fluid flow which is fluid being dispensed from the measuring chamber flows through the exit port, on the external surface of the nose and into a receptacle held beneath. The internal operating standard has a portion which is cylindrical and fits slidably within a cylindrical internal wall of an outlet portion positioned at the exit port so that the internal wall is wiped clean as the internal operating standard returns to its resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: R. and A. Bailey & Company Limited
    Inventors: Ronald S. Griffiths, John E. Searles
  • Patent number: 4811871
    Abstract: A dosing device for dispensing liquid from a container comprises an outlet passage for the liquid and an obturator, such as a flap or piston, that is adapted to be driven to block the outlet passage, once a quantity of liquid has been dispensed, under the influence of liquid flowing from the container through a small aperture into a space behind the obturator in a chamber in which the obturator is movable. The outlet passage has a convoluted configuration whereby flow of liquid through it is directed at least partly back towards the obturator to exert a back-pressure thereon, the obturator being of a dimension such that it may be acted on by liquid in part of the passage in which the flow is thus directed back. The chamber may have a moveable wall portion that opens up a large aperture to allow rapid restoration of the obturator to its start position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: The English Glass Company Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Wass, Brian Law