Having Flow Controllers Or Closures Patents (Class 222/481)
  • Patent number: 10618704
    Abstract: A cap for a bottle, which comprises at least a sealing portion and a lateral portion for fastening to the bottle. The sealing portion comprises, along a direction substantially perpendicular to the lateral portion, a first region formed of unfoamed polymeric material, a second region formed of foamed polymeric material, and a third region formed of unfoamed polymeric material, the second region being positioned between the first region and the third region. The disclosure also relates to a process for manufacturing a cap made of foamed polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland Gmbh
    Inventor: Bruno Nabeth
  • Patent number: 10077181
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide corks and cork systems that find particular use in connection with wireless spouts used for monitoring the amount of liquid poured from liquid containers. It is desirable to be able to use a wireless spout with various differently-sized bottle. Accordingly, the cork features provided can ease removal and replacement of the wireless spouts onto and off of variously sized bottles, and allow the same spout to be re-used with a differently sized bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Automatice Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Dennis J. Honrine, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9848722
    Abstract: A beverage container assembly has a container with an opening and a lid that closes the opening. The lid has a mouthpiece that extends laterally outwardly of the container to allow a person's head to remain upright or erect (i.e., minimizing or no head tilt movement) while drinking so as to not impede the user's straight-ahead vision, such as while driving. The mouthpiece is configured so that the container becomes disposed at one side of the nose so that the container is tiltable further as the nose does not interfere with the tilting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: John J. Lopynski
  • Patent number: 9365408
    Abstract: A refillable perfume atomizer apparatus is described, capable of refill without requiring pouring or exposure of an interior of the liquid storage chamber to the external atmosphere. The perfume atomizer includes an internal pump that creates a negative air pressure within the sealed liquid storage container so that refill liquid is drawn into the liquid storage chamber when the perfume atomizer dispenser is engaged to a refill reservoir container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Zhejiang JM Industry Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Xufeng Tu
  • Patent number: 9038862
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of pumps, refill units and dispensers are disclosed herein. Some embodiments include a container for holding a fluid and a pump housing secured to the container. The pump housing includes an annular collar for securing the pump housing to the container. The pump housing includes an air chamber and a vent valve located at least partially within the air chamber. One or more air passageways are provided in the collar for providing air to the air chamber. A compressible liquid pump chamber is also located in the housing. The exemplary embodiment includes a liquid inlet valve for allowing liquid to flow from the container into the compressible pump chamber; and a liquid outlet valve located downstream of the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. McNulty, Nick E. Ciavarella, Robert L. Quinlan, Cory J. Tederous
  • Publication number: 20150102072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for liquid chemicals comprising a cylindrical container shell (4), an upper curved base (6) and a lower curved base (8) and also a container inflow (58, 60) and a container outflow (38, 42). The invention is characterized in that the container inflow (58, 60) and the container outflow (38, 42) are arranged at the upper curved base (6) of the container and in that a drainage tube (34) is provided which extends form the container outflow (38, 42) to the lower curved base (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Holger Blum
  • Patent number: 8967406
    Abstract: A drinking attachment assembly allows a user to drink a carbonated beverage more quickly by reintroducing air into a beverage bottle to remove the vacuum from the bottle. The assembly includes a tube having an open upper end and an open lower end. The lower end is configured for positioning within a beverage bottle filled with a carbonated fluid. The upper end is configured for being spaced from the fluid wherein the upper end is in fluid communication with ambient space surrounding the upper end such that air is transferred into the beverage bottle through the upper end. A coupler is attached to the tube. The coupler is configured to releasably couple the tube to a neck of the beverage bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Jacob A. Cool, Adrian Currie, Amanda Currie
  • Patent number: 8950637
    Abstract: A fluid flow-control valve is housed within a fluid transport container or vessel. The valve is operated by a trigger actuating a plunger or shaft. The trigger is located in the handgrip space of a pouring handle so as to resiliently provide one-handed control of fluid flow from the vessel. The valve is resiliently biased to a closed state. A telescopically extendable spout is attached to and housed within the main body of the valve and may include an integral breather passageway. When the spout is retracted it locks out the operation of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Conrad H. Wilkins
  • Publication number: 20150001260
    Abstract: A squeezable container is provided with an outer container for forming the outer appearance of the container, and having a mouth/neck section; and an inner container for discharging the contents filling the interior of the inner container through the spout plug mounted to the mouth/neck section when the volume of the inner container is reduced by squeezing the body section of the outer container, and positioned on the inside of the outer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Hoshino
  • Publication number: 20140353405
    Abstract: The invention discloses a sport-type multifunctional spray mineral water bottle, including cap body, spray means, drink means and water locking means. The invention can ensure normal drinking of mineral water as well as carry out spray drinking of water by means of squeezing the bottle body to transform bottle body and increase the pressure inside the bottle, thus making water to enter inlet from the outlet of water locking means on the cap, and to enter the atomizing channel through the water channel, finally to be sprayed from the spray aperture. Furthermore, in the open air or in the dusty and hot environment, you can place the mineral water bottle upside down, put the nozzle to face your body or surrounding, and squeeze the bottle body to spray, thus reducing surrounding temperature, as well as subsiding dust by combining dust and spray to make you feel cool, fresh and comfortable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Chang Ho CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140299634
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a pouring device for a container for the dosing of liquid. The pouring device has an improved air valve system that works via cooperation between a weighted magnetic component and a metal ball in order to control opening and closing of the air valve inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Achim Philipp Zapp
  • Patent number: 8820579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid reservoir shell that provides protection for the fluid reservoir of a personal hydration system. The fluid reservoir shell is rigid and does not collapse easily under external pressure. The fluid reservoir shell is sized to contain the fluid reservoir but still fits in a personal hydration system pack. The shell protects the fluid reservoir and prevents the fluid reservoir from leaking due to excessive external pressure. The fluid reservoir shell disclosed includes a shell top piece and a shell bottom piece, which couple together to enclose the bladder of the fluid reservoir. The fluid reservoir shell provides ready access to the fill port and the drink tube of the fluid reservoir when the fluid reservoir is contained in the fluid reservoir shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard B. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140224844
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser includes a container having an interior adapted to hold a fluid. An air vent is coupled to the container, and a balloon is disposed in the container and in fluid communication with the air vent to provide selective fluid communication between the interior and an exterior of the container, the balloon movable from an undeployed state to a deployed state, and the balloon in the deployed state having a position in which the balloon establishes fluid communication between the exterior of the container and the interior of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Hague, David J. Holden
  • Publication number: 20140217129
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly which provides an extremely secure seal against accidental liquid flow from the cup spout. An initially blocked opening in a flexible material moves up along a protruding member until the opening is unblocked, so as to allow fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: LUV N' CARE, LTD.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Publication number: 20140197210
    Abstract: A dispenser for applying small amounts of liquid to a substrate. The dispenser includes a dispenser body, an actuator in the dispenser body, and a dispensing element including a dispensing element body removably coupled to the dispenser body. A valve stem is mounted for reciprocating movement within the dispensing element body. Additional aspects include a deformable valve seat, a deformable and resilient valve stem tip and a method of applying liquid in discrete amounts to a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Dunlap, Laurence B. Saidman, Edward C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140191000
    Abstract: A container for liquid chemicals is disclosed, comprising a cylindrical container shell, an upper curved base and a lower curved base, and also a container inflow and a container outflow, wherein the container inflow and the container outflow are arranged at the upper curved base of the container and a drainage tube is provided which extends form the container outflow to the lower curved base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Holger Blum
  • Patent number: 8740017
    Abstract: A dispenser used when attached to an opening of a squeeze bottle discharge a content liquid when inverted. The dispenser has a first channel to discharge a straight forward-moving liquid and a second channel to discharge a foaming liquid. The first channel has a first through channel connecting a first inlet for the content liquid to a first outlet. The second channel has a conduit that has an opening at an inner bottom of the bottle, extends to a foaming chamber, serves as an air supply channel, and has an inner diameter; the foaming chamber is connected to the conduit and mixes the content liquid with air to foam the content liquid; and a second through channel connecting the foaming chamber to a second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Menicon Nect Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Miduho Shibata, Tomio Nagao
  • Publication number: 20140144948
    Abstract: A self-ventilating liquid container is provided that comprises a pair of venting channels disposed through the container's spout. A second venting channel of the pair provides increased performance, including improved flow rate and less turbulent liquid flow, because the second venting channel allows more air to flow into the internal volume of the container while providing airflow to different areas within the container. The positioning of a first venting channel and a second venting channel within the container interior and in different locations therein reduces any chance of a vacuum forming within the container during dispensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel John Brausen
  • Publication number: 20140103077
    Abstract: Fluid transfer interfaces for transferring fluid into or out of vessels, namely flexible polymeric bags. The fluid transfer interfaces have a body for use in connection with a vessel, or combined therewith, one or more apertures extending through the body, and one or more fluid transfer conduits secured to the body by way of a cast seal and extending continuously and axially through the one or more apertures. Also disclosed is a vessel closure having one or more fluid transfer conduits extending through the closure, the fluid transfer conduits affixed to the closure by a cast seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ALLPURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Zumbrum
  • Publication number: 20140076937
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide dispensing caps, containers, and methods for quickly and easily dispensing liquids of varying viscosities at different flow rates. In one embodiment, an adjustable dispensing cap is provided that permits a user to rotate a first member to select an appropriately sized pour hole and achieve a desired flow rate for the particular liquid to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Ambrose P. Cavalier
  • Publication number: 20140001192
    Abstract: A liquid metering assembly is described and which includes a container for enclosing a source of a liquid to be dispensed; a container cap defining a dispensing aperture and a vent aperture which is releasably affixed to the container; a moveable diaphragm releasably cooperating with the container cap, and coupled in fluid flowing relation relative to the dispensing aperture, and wherein the moveable diaphragm has a valve member; and a moveable liquid volume control member which cooperates with the moveable diaphragm, and wherein, when a predetermined suction is applied to the dispensing aperture of the container cap, a user may withdraw a given volume of liquid from the beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Steininger
  • Patent number: 8561851
    Abstract: A beverage bottle for storing and dispensing water and impure sports beverages having a container and a dispensing opening on a top wall movable between an open position and a closed position and a unitary valve disposed within the container bottom wall having a vertically sinuous contour, and laterally opposed, laterally actuating, compliant slit faces and a substantially rigid annular flat surface. As the vertically sinuous contour is flattened upon the annular flat surface, the slit faces are laterally urged together establishing a preloaded seal, for leak resistant valve operation, and reduced restriction dispensing of water and impure sports beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher A. Leonoff
  • Patent number: 8555934
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling and evacuating a dispenser unit for paste-like, foam-form or liquid media. In the known methods, a storage container is evacuated via a suction pump, which otherwise serves for the delivery of the medium, after filling. The risk exists hereby that medium is drawn in. In order to make the drawing-off process more effective and more reliable, a method and a filling insert for a dispenser unit are proposed according to the invention, wherein at least one air duct is provided parallel to the suction pump. The evacuation takes place by the application of a pressure difference between storage container and the environment, which is just so great that air can in fact be drawn through the air duct but no viscous medium can be drawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Petra Allef, Bernd Nauels, Markus Pielen
  • Publication number: 20130240574
    Abstract: A flow rate enhancement device that comprises a tube and a band, the tube allowing for air communication from outside of a container to the floor of the container, thus preventing negative pressure from building within the container as it is emptied, and the band helps secure the device to the container's opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Dillon George
  • Publication number: 20130168419
    Abstract: A container with enhanced fluid flow includes a container body having a bottom wall and a continuous side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall to define an interior area to hold a liquid, the container body having a top wall defining a primary opening. A channel member includes an upper end situated outside the interior area and a lower end situated inside the interior area proximate the lower wall, the channel member having a body section extending between the channel member upper end and the channel member lower end. The channel member body section includes a hollow configuration and the channel member upper and lower ends are open. The liquid container includes a cap configured to removably cover the open upper end of the channel member. In some embodiments, the channel member is situated on the interior of the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Dillon D. George
  • Patent number: 8439228
    Abstract: A multi-chambered container for selectively storing and dispensing a plurality of items may include predetermined quantities of first and second items and a container having a divided cavity formed therein. The container may further have a spout formed at a top end thereof and in fluid communication with the cavity. Additionally, the container may have first and second mutually exclusive passageways extending from the cavity and terminating at the spout. A mechanism may be included for selectively dispensing one of the first and second items from the spout. Such a mechanism may channel one item along a corresponding passageway while prohibiting another item from being dispensed. The mechanism may be operated by rotating a cam and semicircular disc to position an opening on a simultaneously rotated wheel over the desired passageway. The mechanism may rotate the opening 180 degrees for every 360 degree rotation of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Virginia Graham
  • Publication number: 20130098944
    Abstract: The inventive concept discloses a container assembly for dispensing consumer-useable fluids, comprising 1) a bottle-type container having a neck with an opening and an open bottom portion, 2) a finger-operated pump head apparatus attachable to the neck, 3) a dip tube, and 4) a removable cup-like structure attachable to the bottom portion of the container. The bottom structure of the bottle consists of an integral means for readily attaching or detaching the cup-like structure. Thus, the removable cup-like structure allows a consumer access to the last remnants of fluids such as lotions, shampoos, etc., that may be entrapped after the dip tube has lost its effectiveness at siphoning the fluid content upward toward the pump head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Myrtle Broadney
  • Publication number: 20130068800
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Publication number: 20130068799
    Abstract: A retractable spout assembly for a container having a dispensing opening for dispensing contents from the container, the retractable spout assembly includes a mounting member configured to be fixedly mounted in the dispensing opening; and a spout carried by the mounting member and movable with respect thereto from a retracted position within the container to an extended position extending outwardly of the container for use in dispensing contents of the container; wherein the retractable spout assembly further includes a cap removably attached directly to the mounting member and configured such that, when the cap is attached to the mounting member, the cap closes the spout and retains the spout in its retracted position, and when the cap is removed from the mounting member, the cap opens the spout and permits the spout to move to its extended position for use in dispensing the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Doron RIGEL
  • Patent number: 8317064
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a small-sized food storage receptacle with an air inlet that includes a receptacle body having a food storage space adapted to be squeezed out of shape by the application of an external pressure thereto and be returned to its original shape if the external pressure is removed, a food outlet adapted to discharge the food to the outside when the food storage space is squeezed out of shape, and the air inlet formed along the top portion of the food storage space so as to supply external air to the food storage space, while having a size enough to allow the food to be smoothly fed therein by means of an automatic feeding device in a food manufacturing company.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Won-Seo Pang
  • Patent number: 8261953
    Abstract: A resilient unitary beverage container comprises a body portion, a ring portion, and a lid portion. In one embodiment, the body portion comprises a fluid reception cavity and has a first thickness. The ring portion is integrated to the body portion and comprises a second thickness. The lid portion comprises a spout and an opening, with the lid portion having a third thickness and also being integrated to the ring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Craig McSavaney
  • Publication number: 20120080449
    Abstract: A vented automatic dispending cap for use with a flexible container may generally include a body and a retainer cap attached to the body. A pressure chamber is formed between the body and retainer cap. A set of resilient spring members spaced around the body holds the retainer cap against the body, which seats a valve within a dispensing hole extending through the cap. When the container is squeezed, product in the container may be forced into the pressure chamber expanding the pressure chamber and unseating the valve, thereby allowing product to exit the dispensing opening. A lip seal around the upper circumferential edge of the body prevents fluid from leaking out of the sides of the chamber but allows air to enter the chamber for venting the flexible container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Robert A. Lehmkuhl, Jeffrey A. Harding, Marc A. Briere
  • Publication number: 20110233236
    Abstract: A vent prevents a vacuum within an inverted container of liquid and eliminates components found in other container vents. The vent utilizes a conical or other shaped venting tube extending from the closure or a reservoir with reservoir extension and an air conduit extending inferiorly from a closure. The closure is either a leak resistant or leak proof seal. The superior aspect of the reservoir contains an inferiorly projecting air conduit, opening at the volumetric center of the reservoir. The reservoir extension projects distally into the container to reach the inferior aspect of the container. The vent provides an airway between the outside and the interior of the container so air freely passes to the distal aspect of the container without contaminating the liquid. Any liquid within the reservoir extension then collects in the reservoir during inversion of the container and then returns to the container when upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Craig E. Brown, Robert J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110163116
    Abstract: Embodiments of an improved bottled water dispenser are loadable from beneath and may include a movable cart which is used to position the water bottle in the bottled water dispenser. The moveable cart may be angled to facilitate removal of water from the bottle, as well as to facilitate loading of bottle onto movable cart. The movable cart may include a retaining feature and a drawbridge to facilitate loading of the bottle onto the platform. In other embodiments the water dispenser includes a funnel member positioned at the top of the bottle, and a rod member which is movable to engage the funnel member, placing a pump in fluid communication with the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Dixon
  • Publication number: 20110155771
    Abstract: The device disclosed herein relates to an automatic demand valve that allows for the rapid discharge of liquid from a bottle or container and which overcomes a glugging action and/or container collapse. The valve opens when pressure is placed thereon and closes when demand is alleviated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis L. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20110132939
    Abstract: The device disclosed herein relates to an automatic demand valve that allows for the rapid discharge of liquid from a bottle or container and which overcomes a glugging action and/or container collapse. The valve opens when demand is placed thereon and closes when demand ceases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis L. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7946455
    Abstract: A metering device is provided for metering at least one medium. The metering device includes a medium storage unit and a pumping system connected to the medium storage unit. The medium storage unit or the pumping system has a venting valve which is elastically held in the closed position. The metering device also includes a control member associated with the venting valve in such a way that the control member opens the venting valve as a result of a pumping movement of the pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Ritsche, Karl Tempfli
  • Patent number: 7891518
    Abstract: A wide-dispersal package cap includes a rim and a domed portion formed within the rim and mounted thereto. The domed portion includes a plurality of orifices each having an internal opening and an external opening relative to a thickness of the domed portion. The orifices are formed spaced apart from one another through the domed portion at an angle, such that the external opening of a particular orifice is off-set from the corresponding internal opening, to thereby enhance wide-dispersal of contents of a package to which the cap is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tricorbraun Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Snyder, Scott Seanor Wolff
  • Patent number: 7845524
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a flowable substance (e.g., a fluid) has a first housing with an indicating apparatus and a pour chamber. The indicating apparatus may have an indicating chamber with an indicating inlet for receiving fluid. The indicating apparatus also has indicia identifying amounts of fluid flowing through the pour chamber. The pour chamber has a pour inlet for receiving fluid, and an outlet in fluid communication with the pour inlet. To provide a definite separation, the first housing additionally has a wall between the indicating chamber and the pour chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda, Benjamin Mizrahi, Charles W. Sears, Paul Bertram, David J. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7815078
    Abstract: A tap having a body, a horizontal inlet, and primary and secondary downwardly-extending spouts, the tap having primary and secondary flow paths. The primary flow path is adapted to dispense a bulk portion of beverage and includes a horizontally oriented primary valve having a primary valve stem and a primary valve seal. The secondary flow path is adapted to dispense a foamed portion of beverage and comprises a flow restriction for inducing turbulence in a beverage flowing through the secondary flow path to produce foam, the secondary flow path including a horizontally-oriented secondary valve with a secondary valve stem and a secondary valve seal. The primary and secondary valves operate independently and have valve stems sliding on spaced apart axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Scottish & Newcastle Plc
    Inventor: Michael Robinson
  • Publication number: 20100044397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a small-sized food storage receptacle with an air inlet that includes a receptacle body having a food storage space adapted to be squeezed out of shape by the application of an external pressure thereto and be returned to its original shape if the external pressure is removed, a food outlet adapted to discharge the food to the outside when the food storage space is squeezed out of shape, and the air inlet formed along the top portion of the food storage space so as to supply external air to the food storage space, while having a size enough to allow the food to be smoothly fed therein by means of an automatic feeding device in a food manufacturing company.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2004
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Won-Seo Pang
  • Publication number: 20080314933
    Abstract: A one-way air valve that is mounted at one end of a beverage or viscous fluid container, with one end possessing a conventional bottle opening, the one-way air valve being an elastomeric type valve which may be mounted on the container bottom, sidewall or lid. The valve mounted into the container to avoid breakage and prevent leakage, while providing smooth, rapid, flow of contents, reduced aeration and reduced container deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: CHRISTOPHER LEONOFF
  • Patent number: 7407117
    Abstract: An improved liquid sprayer assembly for connection to a container (which preferably includes two liquid storage compartments) has a housing that includes a container mount having an underside with at least one structure that is operably interposed with corresponding structure on a neck portion of the container such that the container mount is fixed in a predetermined orientation relative to the container. A cap locks the container mount to the neck portion of the container. Preferably, the at least one structure of the container mount comprises a pair of wedge-shaped wall structures together with a plurality of wall structures that extend in a directional substantially parallel to the central axis of the mount/neck. The wedge-shaped wall structures are radially disposed opposite one another about the central axis of the container mount/neck and fit within wedge-shaped voids defined by the neck portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Calmar, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph K. Dodd
  • Publication number: 20080169310
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing device includes a base with a well disposed one of within and on a center portion of such base for receiving and securing a bottle. The well including a sealing mechanism. A vent mechanism has a first portion disposed one of within and on such base and a second portion extends into a bottle from a neck of such bottle. A third portion is connected at a first end thereof to such second portion adjacent the neck and at a second end thereof to the first portion. The third portion is further connected to a valve mechanism communicating a flow of air into the valve mechanism and interrupting such flow of air in a second position. A fluid dispensing mechanism has a first dispensing portion in fluid communication with the well and a second dispensing portion in a position for dispensing liquid into a predetermined container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Roman T. Mata
  • Publication number: 20080105580
    Abstract: An applicator tip for selectively dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive from a reservoir and a method for dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive includes a reservoir which contains the adhesive material, an applicator tip with a distal end and an opening offset a distance from the distal end whereby the opening opens to dispense adhesive material when pressure is applied to the applicator tip surface and the applicator tip is in a deformed configuration and whereby adhesive material is not dispensed when pressure is not applied to the applicator tip and the applicator tip is in an un-deformed configuration. A kit includes an applicator tip and a reservoir for dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive within a sealable package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventors: Brian Nentwick, Roland Ostapoff
  • Patent number: 7328859
    Abstract: The present invention is a dispenser adapted to be coupled to a fluid container. The dispenser comprises a dispensing head, an energy source, and a fluid pathway. The dispensing head includes a fluid pump, a motor adapted to power the pump, a trigger adapted to control the motor, and a nozzle orifice in fluid communication with a discharge end of the pump. The fluid pathway has one portion in fluid communication with an intake end of the pump and another portion inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Cepia, LLC
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus Rambo Benson, James Augustus Keefe, III, Joseph Lee McGowan
  • Patent number: 7296761
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser for precisely controlling the flow rate of water therethrough and for precisely controlling the metering of a liquid chemical into the water passing through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Publication number: 20070187435
    Abstract: A concurrent use water cooler capable of simultaneously dispensing a single fluid to two or more users is presented. The invention includes a container having a single reservoir therein, a lid contacting and removable from the container, at least two spigots disposed about and attached to the container, a vent hole, and a plug to close the vent hole. Spigots communicate with the single reservoir and enable the gravity-fed dispensing of a single fluid. At least one spigot has a threaded spout allowing attachment of a fluid supply line. The threaded spigot is biased to resist the static pressure associated with fluid within the supply line so as to remain closed unless actuated by the user. An optional stand contacts and supports the water cooler. One or more cup dispensers may be attached to the container or stand. The present invention has immediate applicability to sports teams, military units, construction crews, and the like, where two or more persons consume a potable liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Krista Gould Quirk
  • Patent number: 7198077
    Abstract: An improved machine and method for automatically proportioning-out or measuring-out a predetermined quantities of a variety of selected products and feeding the predetermined quantities of product into the individual chambers of a multiple-chamber dispensing container. The multiple-chamber dispensing containers are fed by a conveyor that is driven by a stepper-motor, to the filling location. The filling cycle begins when an empty container is recognized by a sensing mechanism. The machine and method causes the measured products to be deposited simultaneously into all of the individual chamber of the multiple-chamber dispensing container. The cycle is completed at a predetermined time period after the container was recognized. When a cycle has been completed the conveyor is energized. The next cycle begins when the next container is recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventors: Levent T. Uzkan, Joseph J. Koy, Raymond E. Gabert
  • Patent number: RE42372
    Abstract: A liquid crystal dispensing apparatus and a method of controlling a liquid crystal dropping amount are provided to drop liquid crystal onto a substrate corresponding to at least one unit panel area. In one aspect, the apparatus uses a liquid crystal dispensing unit to dispense liquid crystal. The liquid crystal dispensing unit includes a nozzle having a discharging hole through which the liquid crystal is dropped onto the substrate, a needle moveable between a down position in which the needle blocks the discharging hole and an up position in which the needle is separated from the discharging hole, a spring member to bias the needle toward the down position, and a solenoid coil to provide a magnetic force to move the needle to the up position. The dropping amount liquid crystal dispensing unit may be electrically controlled by controlling the solenoid coil or by controlling a gas pressure used to drive the liquid crystal through the discharging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyug-Jin Kweon, Hae-Joon Son