Spring Form, Resilient Or Compressible Flow Controller Or Closure Patents (Class 222/494)
  • Patent number: 10836541
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a dispensing container includes a closure body detachably coupled to a co-injected valve. The closure body includes a main closure body coupled to a closure cap via a flexible hinge. The co-injected valve includes a valve head and a valve frame. The valve head includes a valve head portion with multiple valve head slits, a sleeve portion, and a peripheral sealing flange. The valve frame is permanently coupled to the valve head and includes a radial ledge and a radial wall that support the peripheral sealing flange of the valve head. The co-injected valve is fabricated via a two-step injection molding process. The first step includes fabricating the valve frame from a first injection material, and the second step includes fabricating the valve member from a second injection material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Proudfoot, Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 10723528
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for dispensing liquid, comprising an outer nozzle component (6) defining a nozzle opening (66) and a valve assembly (7) disposed in the closure upstream of the nozzle opening, the valve assembly comprising an outer valve element (3) and a generally rigid intermediate valve seat element (4) disposed inwardly of the outer valve element, the outer valve element comprising an outer valve flap (38) and the intermediate valve element (4) defining an outflow opening (451) bordered by an outer seat region (411, 471), the outer valve flap (38) being movable between a closed position, in which it overlaps the outer seat region of the intermediate valve element to close the outflow opening (451) against inflow therethrough, and an open position, in which it is deflected away from the outer seat region (411, 471) to open the outflow opening for outflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RIEKE PACKAGING SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Christopher Knight, John Anthony Faria
  • Patent number: 10695782
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for dispensing a fluid including: a tank arranged so as to contain the fluid; a dispensing pipe arranged so as to guide the fluid in a dispensing direction; a dispensing opening connecting the tank to the dispensing pipe; a dispensing valve which, in an open state, allows fluid to pass from the inside of the tank to the dispensing pipe via the dispensing opening and, in a closed state, does not allow fluid to pass from the inside of the tank to the dispensing pipe; and a return means arranged so as to exert a force on the dispensing valve. Said force moves the dispensing valve from the open state thereof to the closed state thereof. The return means includes a pouch forming a cavity. Said pouch is located in the dispensing pipe. The shape of the pouch is changed via compression when the dispensing valve is in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GB DEVELOPMENT
    Inventor: Guillaume Boulais
  • Patent number: 10646639
    Abstract: A valved container assembly has a container for containing a fluid, extending in an axial direction, and having an open front end and a valve disposed in the container. A plunger element is disposed axially rearward of the valve and is axially moveable in the container. The plunger element is configured to increase the pressure of a fluid in a first volume of the container upon axial movement of the plunger element relative to the valve. The valve includes a channel bypassing a seal, the channel having a first opening in fluid communication with the atmosphere outside of the valved container assembly and a second opening selectively sealed from the first volume by a resilient seal. The resilient seal is moveable from a sealing configuration to an open configuration upon the pressure of the fluid in the first volume exceeding a first pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Consort Medical PLC
    Inventors: Ian Anderson, Matt Ekman
  • Patent number: 10648867
    Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a magnetic temperature sensor. For instance, in one example, an apparatus includes a first magnet, a magnetometer housing the first magnet, and a temperature converter coupled to the magnetometer. The first magnet includes a material having a magnetic field whose strength fluctuates in response to changes in temperature. The magnetic field induces an electric current in the magnetometer. The temperature converter then converts a measurement of the electric current to a corresponding measurement of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy Innes, David Spivey, Jr., Kevin Igoe
  • Patent number: 10611530
    Abstract: A discharge container includes: a discharge nozzle that is mounted on a mouth portion of a container body and in the ceiling wall portion of which a discharge hole for discharging contents is formed; an inside plug disposed inside the discharge nozzle and wherein a communication hole for bringing the discharge hole and the inside of the container body into communication is formed; and a valve body for closing the communication hole so as to allow opening as necessary. The valve body includes: a valve portion disposed above the communication hole's opening circumferential edge of the inside plug so as to separate freely upward therefrom; a topped cylinder-shaped main body portion that is disposed below the valve portion and a bottom opening of which opens toward the inside of the container body; and a connecting portion that connects the valve portion's lower part with the main body portion's top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10442584
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a product container includes a plastic closure body having a top wall with a dispensing opening which is arranged in line with a dispensing passage of the container. The closure includes a self-closing valve embodied as a membrane made of a plastic foil. The membrane has a valve portion, which in use can assume an open position under influence of product pressure, and an attachment portion surrounding the valve portion. The attachment portion of the valve is sealed to an annular support surface integrally formed in the closure body along the periphery of the opening or being formed on a plastic annular insert part that is connected to the closure body along the periphery of the opening. The seal between the attachment portion and the support surface includes an annular groove and an inner annular seal zone adjoining the annular groove on a radial inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Weener Plastics Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Lenny Marita Ellenkamp-Van Olst, Willem Ramon, Albertus Rap, Gerrit Jan Stegeman, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus Den Boer
  • Patent number: 10130750
    Abstract: A pressure activated valve for controlling the flow of fluid through a medical device, the pressure activated valve comprises a housing including a lumen extending therethrough and a flow control membrane extending across the lumen of the housing to control the flow of fluid through the lumen by opening when a pressure threshold has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Angiodynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Karla Weaver, Paul D DiCarlo
  • Patent number: 9930954
    Abstract: A dispenser for viscous or pasty materials comprises a storage container in the form of a flexible tube (2) and an applicator (24). The tube (2) comprises an elongate, 1-piece hollow moulding of polymeric material, one end of which is closed and formed at the other end of which is an integral dispensing valve defining one or more dispensing slits (22). The or each dispensing slit is defined by a respective pair of resilient plates (18), which are opposed and inclined to one another and have a respective free edge, the two free edges defining a dispensing slit. The applicator has an applicator surface and one or more passages (30), into which the free edges of a respective pair of resilient plates is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 9850041
    Abstract: A cap assembly comprising a body, a sealing membrane and a retaining ring. An opening is provided through the body and includes a recessed circumferential channel and a membrane engaging flange positioned proximate the recessed circumferential channel. The sealing membrane covers the opening and includes a body engaging flange and a pierceable surface. The retaining ring is positioned with the sealing membrane engagement surface in overlying engagement with the sealing membrane. Extension of the tab into the recessed circumferential channel of the body releasably maintains the overlying engagement and biases the retaining ring against the membrane. The inner wall structure of the retaining ring extends radially inward beyond the membrane engaging flange of the sealing membrane, to, in turn, protect the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Scholle IPN Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Arch, Charles Thurman
  • Patent number: 9603436
    Abstract: An applicator for delivering an application liquid fed from a reservoir, from a delivery port to an outside by way of an interior space of an application body, includes a spacer inserted in the interior space of the application body. In this applicator, a clearance between an exterior face of the spacer and an interior face of the application body forms a communication passage for flowing the application liquid, and the application liquid is delivered from the delivery port by way of the communication passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kohei Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9580214
    Abstract: A port closure system (20) including a retention structure (22), and a valve (24). The retention structure (22) includes a port (28) for establishing communication between an exterior environment (30) and interior volume (32) that can receive a fluent substance. The valve (24) includes a flexible, resilient, self-closing, slit-type valve head (36) with an orifice that is normally closed in an unconstrained condition. The port (28) has a laterally inwardly facing engaging surface (34) and the valve has a laterally outwardly facing peripheral surface (54) that is compressed laterally inwardly by engagement with the surface (34) to increase the resistance of the normally closed orifice to opening when the head (36) is subjected to a pressure differential. The system (20) further includes an annular flange (62) located to extend over at least a portion of an exterior side (38) of the valve head (36) to limit movement of the valve head (36) towards the exterior environment (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Hatton, David J. Gaus, John Miller Hess, III
  • Patent number: 9474405
    Abstract: A method for extracting an espresso coffee beverage by an espresso coffee machine is provided. The method includes providing an extraction chamber and a normally-closed septum arranged downstream of a coffee dose and made of elastic material and provided directly with a small orifice in the septum, injecting a preset dose of hot water into the chamber at a pressure ranging from 2 to 4 bars and for a first preset time interval keeping the septum closed, interrupting the injection of hot water for a second preset time interval, injecting hot water into the chamber after the interrupting with outward dispensing of the beverage being prevented through the septum and extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A.
    Inventors: Furio Suggi Liverani, Luca Mastropasqua, Frans Van Eeden, Bruno Dellapietra
  • Patent number: 9309035
    Abstract: A self-standing liquid package bag provided with flat film valve is provided at a single use form by self-standing a liquid package bag with a film valve having a one-way function without being required to house and fix in another outer package vessel and obstructing the one-way function of the film valve. The self-standing liquid package bag of the invention is formed by protrudingly disposing a flat film valve having a one-way function, which is subjected to a wetting treatment at full inner faces in a pouring path and a portion adjacent to a fused part near to the pouring path, on an upper part or top part of at least one side edge of a bag body portion and disposing a self-standable bottom portion at bottom thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: YUSHIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsunori Futase, Yuma Shinoda
  • Patent number: 9150334
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprises a dispenser valve defining a fluid dispenser passage, and a container comprising a deformable inner pouch and a deformable outer shell that co-operate with each other to define an intermediate gap therebetween. The deformable outer shell includes a collar in engagement with the dispenser valve, and an annular flange that extends radially inwards inside the collar in such a manner as to define an edge that defines a central opening. The deformable inner pouch includes a neck that is engaged in the central opening in engagement with the edge of the annular flange and with the dispenser valve in fluid communication with the dispenser passage. The dispenser valve comprises an inlet sleeve in engagement with the neck of the deformable inner pouch and a fastener ring that in engagement with the collar of the deformable outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Frederic Duquet
  • Patent number: 9101533
    Abstract: A needle safety guard device adapted to attach to a liquid container is provided. The device includes a disk-shaped shield having a medial opening connected with a radial opening between two radial edges. The device also includes a substantially U-shaped holder having two sidewalls coupled substantially perpendicular to the disk-shaped shield along the two radial edges, and a top cover connecting to the two sidewalls and extending from the shield above the radial opening. The U-shaped holder includes a wedged protrusion and a curved protrusion extending from each of the two sidewalls, the curved protrusion being between the top cover and the wedged protrusion for blocking a cap of the liquid container from moving toward the medial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Hedgepeth, Roger Huckfeldt, Cindy Lowe, Martin Reuter, Matt Price, Keela Davis, Rahul Eapen
  • Patent number: 9079205
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a squeezable drink bottle and a cap assembly therefor. The cap assembly can comprise a rigid cap body configured to be secured to a liquid container, a spout comprising a resiliently flexible tube extending through a passageway in the cap body, and a shut-off trigger slidably mounted in the cap body and adjustable between an open position and a closed position relative to the cap body, wherein when the trigger is in the open position, the tube is open to allow liquid to flow through the spout, and when the trigger is in the closed position, the tube is closed to block liquid flow through the spout. The cap assembly can also include a mouthpiece valve that remains sealed until the bottle is squeezed to pressurize a lumen within the mouthpiece and squirt fluid out of the spout or the mouthpiece is pinched to open the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Matt Hoskins
  • Patent number: 9010589
    Abstract: A cap assembly having a body, a sealing membrane and a retaining ring. A spout engagement channel is positioned on the bottom surface of the body. An opening extends through the body and includes a recessed circumferential channel and a membrane engaging flange. The sealing membrane covers the opening and includes a body engaging flange and a pierceable surface. The sealing membrane is positioned upon the membrane engaging flange so that the body engaging flange and the membrane engaging flange are in overlying engagement. The retaining ring includes a tab, a sealing membrane engagement surface and an inner wall structure. The retaining ring is positioned in overlying engagement with the sealing membrane. Extension of the tab into the recessed circumferential channel releasably maintains said overlying engagement and biases the retaining ring against the membrane. The inner wall structure of the retaining ring extends radially inward beyond the membrane engaging flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Thurman, James J. Arch, David Bellmore
  • Publication number: 20150083759
    Abstract: A container for the storage and dispensing of viscous liquids having an opening with a valve, a vent, and a modified inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Franco Silva MEDEIROS, Ralph Albert SAGEL, Raymond Charles BELL, Christopher Lawrence SMITH
  • Patent number: 8978939
    Abstract: A retaining device (1) has a non-laminar self-closing valve (2) retained therein. The valve comprises a flange (8), and the rigidity of the flange (8) is increased by the device (1). The retaining device is a single-piece article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Martin C. Bull, John Leamon
  • Patent number: 8973789
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container having a housing with a fluid passage, a retaining ring attached to an inner surface of a wall of the housing and having a sloping centering flange, and a valve positioned in the housing and sealing the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Publication number: 20150053726
    Abstract: A closure for a glue bottle including a cap having a body and a tip, wherein the body is adapted to be attached to a bottle or container, and wherein the bottle or container is adapted to store water-based glue; and an insert disposed at least partially within the tip of the cap, wherein the insert further includes a one-way valve for dispensing glue from the bottle or container when pressure is applied to the exterior of the container and preventing backflow of the glue into the cap when the pressure is released; at least one hydrophobic material; wherein the at least one hydrophobic material is operative to encourage the water-based glue to flow back into the container after the pressure has been released and when the container is stored in a vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn D. HEIPP, Louis A. Farchione, III
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8919614
    Abstract: A dispenser has a housing, and a variable-volume storage chamber formed within the housing and defining a substantially fluid-tight seal between the chamber and exterior of the housing for storing a substance to be dispensed. A piston is mounted within the housing, and a one-way valve is mounted within the housing and coupled in fluid communication with the variable-volume storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: MedInstill Development LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 8919608
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a two-component liquid comprises an outer resilient container for containing one component with a neck defining an opening and an inner tubular container. The inner container contains a piston slidably received within it. A closure member extends over the entire area of the inner container and closes its lower end. The piston and the inner container define a reservoir for containing a second component. The neck carries a closure cap which affords a liquid dispensing opening. A first non-return valve communicates with the liquid dispensing opening and with the interior of the inner container. An airflow path extends through the closure cap and the piston and includes a second non-return valve. The first non-return valve is arranged to permit liquid to flow from the inner container to the liquid dispensing opening and the second non-return valve is arranged to permit air to flow through the airflow path into the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Publication number: 20140374448
    Abstract: A water bottle structure includes a water bottle body, a cover, a nozzle, and a guide member. The water bottle body has an accommodation portion and an opening portion. The cover is connected to the opening portion and has a raised pipe communicating with the accommodation portion of the water bottle body and the outside. The nozzle is disposed on the raised pipe of the cover. The nozzle has an elastic valve adapted to close and open the raised pipe. The guide member is plugged in the nozzle and has a first guide portion and a second guide portion. The accommodation portion of the water bottle body is adapted to accommodate air and fluid therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: CHUN- FENG CHEN
  • Patent number: 8910836
    Abstract: A valve assembly for dispensing liquid from a container. A manifold includes a first channel extending downwardly from a first inlet to a first side outlet, and a second channel extending downwardly from a second inlet on the manifold to a second outlet. The first side outlet and the second inlet are located on the same horizontal plane in reference to the longitudinal axis of the manifold. An elastic membrane sheathed around the manifold extends over the first side outlet and the second inlet. External fluid pressure causes the membrane to expand under fluid flow to provide for fluid communication through the manifold. In alternate embodiments fluid pressure flowing through the first and second channels causes the elastic membrane to expand enabling fluid communication between the first side outlet and the second inlet. A sealing sleeve extends around the elastic membrane is movable from a first to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ambrosios Kambouris
  • Patent number: 8910833
    Abstract: A one-way valve is connectable in fluid communication with a fluid-receiving chamber, such as a dilution chamber or a mixing chamber for diluting or mixing a perishable food product, such as a milk product or chocolate product, and forming a substantially fluid-tight seal therebetween. The valve comprises a relatively rigid valve seat, and a relatively flexible valve member overlying the valve seat and forming an axially-elongated, normally-closed valve opening therebetween defining an inlet at one end of the valve seat, an outlet at an opposite end of the valve seat, and an axially-extending seal therebetween that forms a fluid-tight seal between the inlet and outlet of the normally-closed valve opening. An axially-extending valve body is radially spaced relative to the valve member and forms a space therebetween allowing fluid-flow therethrough for cleaning the valve and the fluid-receiving chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ALPS, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 8899449
    Abstract: An outlet valve assembly for fluid dispenser of a type having a pump which has a pump inlet coupled to a fluid reservoir and a pump outlet includes a pump tip having a first end adapted to be coupled to the pump outlet and a second end defining a conduit extending in a flow direction therebetween. A first annular protrusion extends radially inwardly within the conduit and a resiliently deformable valve member is received within the conduit. The valve member includes a valve head portion having one or more slits defining an orifice and a peripheral valve portion bounding the valve head portion, which is retained on the first annular protrusion. A vent-resisting member is received within the conduit and includes a perforated baffle adjacent to the upstream side of the valve head portion and an axially-extending sidewall which has a distal edge engaging the peripheral valve portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Warren S. Daansen
  • Patent number: 8870026
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8863994
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing device, particularly a dispensing head proposed for preferably cosmetic liquid. A simple, tightly closing structure of an outlet valve is achieved in that a valve element is injected onto a wall and/or lies thereon with its entire surface or flat surface when the valve is closed and/or the valve element covers an outlet opening on the flat side. Alternatively or in addition, the valve element is pretensioned into a closed position when the valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar Dortmund GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Neuhaus, Reiker Canfield, Bernd Blumenstein
  • Patent number: 8863998
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser device including a valve with a valve member-forming portion for blocking and passing liquid out from the device, and a fastener edge for permanently fastening the valve relative to a container, the fastener edge including a tubular fastener wall sandwiched between an inner tubular wall and an outer tubular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare la Verpilliere
    Inventors: Gaetan Painchaud, Guillaume Grevin, Thierry Decock, Xavier Julia
  • Patent number: 8844767
    Abstract: An inverted flexible food containment and delivery system is disclosed. Embodiments disclosed herein include a flexible pouch that is configured to contain a food product. A spout fitment is coupled to the flexible pouch proximate a dispensing end. The spout fitment supports a cap assembly that includes a valve. An exterior support surface of the cap assembly is configured to support the flexible food containment and delivery system and the food product in an inverted/cap-down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Daisy Brand, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bates, Kristin Heist, Christine Horan, Julie King, Elizabeth Kneen, Jason Robertson, David M. Sokolsky, Jung Geun Tak, Vincent Taylor, Craig Ziemkiewicz
  • Patent number: 8820591
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container assembly for a container having a housing with a fluid passage, a retaining ring attached to an inner surface of a wall of the housing and having a sloping centering flange, and a valve positioned in the housing and sealing the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Patent number: 8814010
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a squeeze-type container produces a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment. The dispensing closure includes a closure body having an upper deck and a skirt depending from the upper deck. The skirt is configured and arranged to attach to a product container, such as a squeeze-type container. A flow conduit extends from an interior of the closure body and through the upper deck to provide a flow path from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure. The flow conduit has an entrance orifice and an exit orifice. The flow conduit has an inner wall extending between the entrance orifice and the exit orifice. The flow conduit and the closure body are integrally formed. The flow conduit includes a tip portion with an exit orifice defining a shape to provide a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Romanov, Clifford Skillin, Patrick Brannon
  • Publication number: 20140227019
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing flowable materials has a container (12) having an outer wall (16) and a membrane (34) collectively defining a first chamber (18) configured to contain a flowable material. The membrane (34) extends from the outer wall (16) at an angle. The membrane (34) has a thickness and a weld seam (40), and the weld seam (40) has a thickness less than the thickness of the membrane (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: JAMES ALEXANDER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard J. May, Philip J. Blyskal, George Clark
  • Publication number: 20140217130
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container includes a closure cap having an open ended body with a peripheral wall and a top wall provided with a dispensing passage which is defined by a collar arranged to the top wall. A self-closing valve is arranged in the closure cap. The valve includes a slit central portion and a skirt extending downwardly from the central portion, which has an outwardly extending flange. The skirt is arranged in the collar and the flange is located below the collar and extends radially outwardly beyond it. On a lower surface of the top wall, a plurality of lips is formed outward from the collar. The lips are folded over the flange such that the latter is partly enveloped between the lips and the top wall so as to secure the valve in the closure cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Lenny Marita Ellenkamp-Van Olst, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus Den Boer, Gerrit Jan Stegeman, Jan Van Alfen
  • Patent number: 8794489
    Abstract: A dispensing valve includes a resiliently flexible mounting portion, a resiliently flexible opening portion disposed radially inwardly of the mounting portion, and a resiliently flexible isolating portion disposed radially between and coupled to the mounting and opening portions. The isolating portion extends both radially outwardly and axially to form a first radial space between the opening and isolating portions, and is spaced radially inwardly of the mounting portion to form a second radial space between the mounting and isolating portions. The opening portion may include one or more slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Philip D. Bourgeois, Darin M. Pugne
  • Patent number: 8794959
    Abstract: A completely disposable cooking apparatus used for filling and decorating of foods, that is a one-piece disposable construction, comprising a one-piece, funnel-shaped bag with a soft side wall, having an open first end at the “top” or wider end of the funnel through which food material can be inserted into the bag and a closed second end at the “bottom” or narrow end of the funnel, with an integral, malleable, conical shaped, discharge orifice (also sometimes referred to as a nozzle or a tip). The orifice has serrations or ridges extending inwardly from the internal wall of the orifice, running longitudinally or parallel to the cone axis for all or a part of the length of the orifice. The orifice can either be initially closed or manufactured with a small opening or hole. The orifice is made of a material so that it is capable of being cut at any point along its longitudinal axis to yield an exit opening or hole with a desired size. Regardless of the point of cut, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Brenda Marie Grimes, Charles Wilson Grimes
  • Publication number: 20140209644
    Abstract: A flexible, resilient, slit valve (10) including a flexible, resilient head (12) centered on a central axis (27) and extending laterally therefrom, an annular, peripheral attachment portion (19) centered on the central axis, and an annular, flexible, resilient, intermediate portion (20). The head has a convex interior surface (16) and a concave exterior surface (14). The intermediate portion (20) has an interior surface (26) an exterior surface (24). The exterior surfaces (14, 24) intersect at a circular line of intersection (32) having a diameter D1. The exterior surface (24) and the peripheral attachment portion (19) intersect at a circular line of intersection (34) having a diameter D2. The lines of intersection (32, 34) lie in parallel planes extending transverse to the central axis (27) and spaced from each other along the central axis by a distance L1. The ratio of D1/D2 is in the range of 0.600 to 0.900 and the ratio of D2/L1 is in the range of 14.000 to 19.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: AptaGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Socier, Jason D. Hatton
  • Publication number: 20140209643
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container having a housing with a fluid passage, a retaining ring attached to an inner surface of a wall of the housing and having a sloping centering flange, and a valve positioned in the housing and sealing the fluid passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark SMITH, Carsten PFROMM
  • Patent number: 8790110
    Abstract: A completely disposable cooking apparatus used for preparing, filling assembling and decorating of foods, that is a one-piece disposable construction, comprising an elongated bag with a soft side wall, an open first end through which food material can be inserted into the bag and a second end that is closed by a tapered discharge orifice (also sometimes referred to as a nozzle or a tip). The orifice has a first end in contact with the second end of the bag and a distal end away from the bag. The cross-sectional area of the orifice at the first end is greater than the cross-sectional area of the orifice at the distal end. The orifice is made of a material so that it is capable of being cut at any point along its longitudinal axis to yield an exit opening or hole with a desired size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Brenda M. Grimes, Charles Grimes
  • Patent number: 8783519
    Abstract: A dispenser includes an end piece defining a product dispensing orifice able to be opened downward opposite a surface located under the end piece. The end piece is able to be maneuvered between a predispensing position, in which the dispensing orifice is closed off and the volume located under the dispensing orifice opposite the receiving surface is entirely free, and a product dispensing position. The dispenser includes a device to protect the dispensing orifice, protruding below the dispensing orifice in the predispensing position and in the dispensing position, in order to hinder contact between a body surface of a user of the dispenser and the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Michel Fontaine, Léandre Lasfargues, Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 8783520
    Abstract: A dispenser for a liquid or pasty media contains an exchangeable container which is arranged upside down on a holder. A dosing pump is provided on the bottom of the container in an especially non-detachable manner, and an actuating element for the dosing pump is provided on the holder retainer. A first return valve is provided at an upper inlet to the dosing pump and a second return valve at its lower dispensing opening which second return valve can be lifted, thereby reducing the delivery space. The actuating element is displaceably mounted in the retainer and has a ramp displacing a catch guided upwards by the retainer, the catch being associated with the lower return valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Publication number: 20140197207
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing a flowable product comprises a casing comprising a nozzle for dispensing the product and a container designed to contain the product to be packaged. The casing comprises a rigid bottom, an air renewal and filtration assembly, a filter element, and an air inlet passage located in said rigid bottom. The nozzle comprises a tapered portion that defines a free end of the nozzle, an actuating portion resiliently movable between an engagement position and a rest position. A dose-defining chamber may be isolated from the air contained in the container and may have a determined volume in the rest position. The engagement position may be obtained by engaging the actuating portion against a stationary wall portion, so as to empty the chamber and expel a dose exactly corresponding to the determined volume of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SIVEL
    Inventor: Jacques Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8770449
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing a fluid from a container T comprises an inlet (14) for connecting to the container so as to receive the fluid therethrough, and an outlet (16). The outlet comprises at least two walls (18), each with a respective slit (22) thereon adapted to open to release fluid therefrom when a predetermined pressure is applied to the fluid in the dispenser at the outlet, and to close to retain fluid in the dispenser at a pressure less than the predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sophinity Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Craig Wellman
  • Publication number: 20140182715
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage system having an ingredient module and an ingredient dispensing valve assembly in communication with the ingredient module via at least one ingredient conduit, in which the ingredient dispensing valve assembly includes a dispensing manifold with at least one dispensing valve having a through-hole, an insert disposed within the through-hole, and a valve disposed between the insert and the dispensing valve, with the dispensing valve having a body portion and the insert is removeably connected to the body portion. The insert can be secured to the body portion of the dispensing valve by a locking mechanism, with the locking mechanism providing for removing or securing the valve from between the body portion of the dispensing valve and the insert by hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony Austin Cooper, Gregory Alan Myer, Peter Boyd, Shannon Baity, John Bragg, Michael Merritt
  • Patent number: 8752732
    Abstract: An apparatus including a fluid reservoir and a compressible metering chamber including a first end coupled to the fluid reservoir and a second end. The apparatus further including a valve coupled to the second end of the metering chamber and a nozzle coupled to the valve. A system including linearly translatable cartridge mounting assembly having a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations and a plurality of fluid dispensing cartridges mounted to respective fluid dispensing cartridge mounting stations. The system further including a plurality of compression assemblies coupled to respective fluid dispensing cartridges and a receiving assembly positioned beneath the mounting assembly. A method includes positioning a fluid dispensing cartridge comprising a fluid reservoir and a metering chamber over a sample retaining member, applying a compressive force to the metering chamber to eject a predetermined amount of fluid and removing the compressive force to refill the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Evans, Wolfgang Mueller, Toshiyuki Fujimaki, Shinji Tokudaiji, Yoshitake Okabe, Yoshitada Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 8746511
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser is described that includes a dispenser, a cap, and an insert. The dispenser is flexible and includes a body portion and a cylindrical mouth portion extending from the body portion. The mouth portion has an opening defining a lip. The cap is operable to engage the mouth portion of the dispenser, said cap has an aperture therethrough operable to dispense a fluid stored within the dispenser. The insert is sized for placement within the opening, between the mouth portion and the cap and includes a substantially solid plug having a first and a second axial hole therethrough, a first reed valve operably attached to the plug to close the first axial hole from an outside of the dispenser, and a second reed valve operably attached to the plug to close the second axial hole from an inside of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ross E. Rockstad, Stephen F. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140151404
    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: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Robert A. Lehmkuhl, Jeffrey A. Harding, Marc A. Briere