With Cutter Or Punch Patents (Class 222/5)
  • Patent number: 11148771
    Abstract: A connection device is for connecting a compressed gas cylinder to an inflatable device. The connection device has a releaser providing a fluid connection between the compressed gas cylinder and the inflatable device. The releaser has a primary activation mechanism for controlled puncture of the compressed gas cylinder via a piston provided with a bunching dart. The primary activation mechanism has means for axially displacement of the piston towards the compressed gas cylinder. The releaser further has: a rotatable adapter with means for irreversible fastening of the compressed gas cylinder to the adapter; a secondary trigger device adapted for puncturing the compressed gas cylinder, the secondary trigger device having a displacing means for axially displacing a trigger towards the compressed gas cylinder, where the secondary trigger device is in an activated position when the adapter is in an axially displaced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Safe Inflator AS
    Inventor: Jon Nordmo
  • Patent number: 11134703
    Abstract: A machine for liquid or semi-liquid food products, including: a container for containing a liquid or semi-liquid food product; a thermal treatment system, equipped with at least one heat exchanger associated with the container for absorbing or releasing heat to the liquid or semi-liquid food product inside the container; a stirrer positioned inside the container; a dispensing device, including: a supporting element having a front wall; an outlet channel, formed in the supporting element and in fluid communication with the container; a shutter which is movable inside the channel between a closed position of the outlet channel and an open position of the outlet channel; a lever having a first end operatively connected to the shutter to allow the movement between the above-mentioned closed position of the outlet channel and the open position of the outlet channel and also having a second end configured for being gripped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ALI GROUP S.R.L.—CARPIGIANI
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 11112016
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided, the valve assembly comprising a body that defines a fluid flow path between an inlet and an outlet with a frangible member between the inlet and the outlet across the fluid flow path so as to block fluid flow The valve assembly also includes a member for rupturing the frangible member, a spring biasing the rupturing member into contact with the frangible member and a member for retaining the rupturing member away from the frangible member. A magnet is spaced apart from the retaining member, and a non-magnetic sleeve is disposed between the magnet and the retaining member. The non-magnetic sleeve blocks a magnetic field provided by the magnet. Also included is a trigger for removing the non-magnetic sleeve, wherein, when the non-magnetic sleeve is removed, in use, the magnetic field attracts the retaining member to release the rupturing member to cause rupture of the frangible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Łukasz Wiktorko, Pawel Czarnecki
  • Patent number: 11027909
    Abstract: An automated flowable material dispenser for dispensing flowable material from a flowable material container is provided. In one embodiment, the dispenser may include a dispenser housing configured to receive the flowable material container therein, a solenoid valve assembly positioned within the dispenser housing, and a biasing member configured to bias the flowable material container toward the solenoid valve assembly and to move the flowable material container from an unactuated configuration to an actuated configuration. The dispenser housing may define a dispensing opening along a bottom end of the dispenser housing and may be configured to move between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The solenoid valve assembly may be positioned above the dispensing opening and configured to control dispensing of the flowable material from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Ted Allen Casper
  • Patent number: 10960960
    Abstract: A liferaft system comprises a container for storing a liferaft, and at least one sheet of material for fitting over an exterior surface of the liferaft container and configured to heat an interior volume of the liferaft container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SURVITEC GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: Philippe Cagnin, Tommy Scott, Pascal Michaud
  • Patent number: 10947099
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing device includes a liquid extraction system that extracts a liquid from a container. The liquid dispensing device includes an identification system that identifies a type of the liquid. The liquid dispensing device includes a liquid preservation system that prevents degradation of the liquid. The liquid may be wine or other liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: WINE PLUM, INC.
    Inventors: David Andrew Koretz, Donald G. Hubbard, Jr., Niculae Mustatea, Michael Dumont, Kyle Adams
  • Patent number: 10781032
    Abstract: A tire sealant dispenser matches with an air compressor and contains a body in which chemical fluid (such as tire sealant) is filled, a cap connected on an opening of the body, a drive element configured to urge a punch element to pierce a film, such that an air conduit is in communication with a sealant conduit, pressurized air flows into the body via the air conduit from the air compressor, and the chemical fluid flows out of the sealant conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 10773779
    Abstract: A liquid-ingress control device, comprising a casing having an interior and an exterior, and optionally, a liquid-activated trigger positioned in the casing interior, the casing comprising an exterior liquid entry control surface defined by a perimeter in sealing relationship with an edge of a cap, the cap having an interior cap surface formed to define a cap space between the interior cap surface and the liquid entry control surface; the liquid entry control surface comprising a liquid entry port comprising a tube extending between the exterior and interior of the casing through an aperture formed in the entry control surface, the tube optionally comprising a flange positioned exterior to the casing; the cap comprising at least two flow apertures positioned such that liquid contained within the cap space is capable of egress under gravity from the cap space, independently of the orientation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey Birkin
  • Patent number: 10730595
    Abstract: An inflator including in combination, an inflator body having at one end an input for receiving the neck of a gas cartridge, a manifold assembly intended to be fluidly connected to an inflatable, a combination automatic and manual actuator assembly including a spring-loaded actuator including a pierce pin for fracturing a frangible seal of the gas cartridge, a bobbin with a dissolvable pill that retains the spring-loaded actuator in a cocked position by an annular ring seat that engages the bobbin and a hood connected onto the end of the inflator body, the hood including an inwardly-extending tab that engages the actuator to securely retain the hood onto the end of the inflator body by means of the inwardly-extending tab being grasped by the forked end of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Halkey-Roberts Corporation
    Inventor: Lyman Fawcett
  • Patent number: 10538424
    Abstract: A connector assembly controllably couples a plurality of containers in a box. Each container has a fitment having a channel. The connector assembly includes a valve assembly and an actuator. The valve assembly is movable between an unengaged position and an engaged position. The valve assembly includes a plurality of fitment receptacles. Each fitment receptacle is associated with a respective fitment. A liquid flow channel of the valve assembly couples the fitment receptacles to the outlet. The actuator is movable between an unlocked position and a locked position. The valve assembly is configured to move from the unengaged position to the engaged movement in response to movement of the actuator from the unlocked to locked positions. The fitments are inserted into the respective fitment receptacles in response to movement of the valve assembly from the unengaged position to the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BAR EVOLUTION LLC
    Inventors: Peter Wolfgang DeRaedt, Bernd Witzany, Andreas Sebastian Henneke
  • Patent number: 10202096
    Abstract: Methods, devices and/or features which in addition to circumferential thrust neutrality additionally facilitate, permit or provide for thrust vector tuning of the inflation gas discharge from an inflator device. An end diffuser includes a diffuser wall defining a diffuser chamber for initially accepting inflation gas from a gas-providing portion of the inflator device. The diffuser wall includes a cylindrical portion having a plurality of inflation gas discharge openings disposed in a circumferential thrust neutral gas discharge array for discharging inflation gas from the diffuser chamber and an end wall portion forming a closed end to the diffuser. The end wall portion includes a protrusion of selected shape and dimensions extending therefrom into the diffuser chamber to create an inflation gas flow altering annular ring within the diffuser chamber to selectively thrust vector tune the inflator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Cannon, Anthony M. Young, Shawn Lang
  • Patent number: 10143766
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser comprises a volatile composition container comprising at least one volatile composition therein. A rupture element is positioned proximate to the volatile composition container. The volatile composition container comprises a cam comprising a camming surface. The camming surface is configured to move at least a portion of the rupture element toward the volatile composition container to puncture the volatile composition container and release at least a portion of the volatile composition from the volatile composition container such that the portion of the volatile composition evaporates and exits the volatile composition dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Bryan Gabriel Comstock, James Douglas Still, Rainer Bernhard Teufel, Richard Lee Lane, Walter Sordo, Danilo Rossi
  • Patent number: 10000320
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a bottle cork with a built-in removal mechanism. The bottle cork may include a cork body having a hollow sleeve positioned therein, the hollow sleeve housing a mini-corkscrew, the mini-corkscrew having a corkscrew end extending toward a bottom surface of the cork body and an end opposite the corkscrew end; a gas cartridge configured to be punctured by the end of the mini-corkscrew opposite the corkscrew end; and a knob top attached to the gas cartridge, such that when the knob top is rotated, the gas cartridge is pierced by the end of the mini-corkscrew opposite the corkscrew end while the corkscrew end is drawn into and through the bottom surface of the cork body. The pressure exerted by the pierced gas cartridge may force the bottle cork out of a bottle, thus negating the need for an external cork removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: John Paul Gagne
  • Patent number: 9751492
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas generator in which an outer container is formed by a pressurized gas bottle and a gas generation chamber housing, and a closing member closes therebetween, a gas inflow chamber formed with a gas discharge port is provided between a gas generation chamber and a pressurized gas chamber, a partition wall provided with a rupturing member separates the gas inflow chamber from the gas generation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Kobayashi, Masayuki Yamazaki, Kenji Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 9714163
    Abstract: A container (1) for storing a liquid foodstuff (4) and dispensing it under pressure in consumption portions via a closable dispensing channel, characterized in that it comprises a rigid outer container (2), a flexible inner container (3) for the foodstuff (4), and at least one intermediate container (5) surrounding the inner container (3), whereby an intermediate container (5) on the one hand, and another intermediate container (5) or the inner container (3) located within it on the other hand, define a space (16), whereby the space (16) is provided with a pressure medium and/or the container (1) is equipped with a connection (23) connected to the space for a pressure medium source (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CARDIFF GROUP, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventors: Geert Norbert T. Standaert, Imar Vandebriel
  • Patent number: 9693895
    Abstract: A gas mixture apparatus includes a measurement control system, an activation system, a pressurized chamber with one or more gases, and a mixing chamber. The apparatus can also include additional pressure regulation control systems. The gas mixture apparatus can be used to introduce and automatically perform the steps to achieve a desired concentration of the one or more gases contained in the pressurized chamber. The gas mixture apparatus can include the pressurized chamber within the apparatus itself such that no external devices are necessary for introducing the one or more gases into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Altaviz, LLC
    Inventors: Jack R. Auld, John C. Huculak, Christopher L. McCollam
  • Patent number: 9682754
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a visual distress signal device that includes a housing having an internal cavity with a first electrical contact and a power source positioned therein in an electrically coupled manner. An electronic assembly is at least partially positioned within the internal cavity of the housing. Such an electronic assembly may include a second electrical contact that is electrically coupled to the power source, a third electrical contact, and a light source. The device may also include a lens member detachably coupled to the housing to close an open top end of the housing in a watertight manner. A float member may be detachably coupled to the housing to provide buoyancy to the device. The electronic assembly may be movable within the internal cavity to electronically couple and decouple the third electrical contact and the first electrical contact to selectively power the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony W. Covelli, Robert B. Simons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9566938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas generator, including a housing having therein an ignition device chamber, which is provided with a gas discharge port and accommodates an ignition device, and a pressurized gas chamber filled with a pressurized gas, the ignition device chamber and the pressurized gas chamber being separated by a partition wall having a communication hole, the partition wall being in a cup-like shape which includes a bottom surface and a circumferential wall surface, projects toward the pressurized gas chamber and has a flange portion at a portion corresponding to an opening in the cup-like shape of the partition wall, only the circumferential wall surface having the communication hole, the flange portion being fixed to the housing, a disk closing member being disposed inside the partition wall to be movable in the axial direction of the housing with a distance from the bottom surface, prior to activation, the communication hole being closed by a circumferential surface of the disk closi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: DAICELL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9561859
    Abstract: A life vest stowage device (1) comprises a receptacle (2) for stowing a life vest (3). The receptacle (2) has an opening (4) through which the life vest (3) is inserted into and removed from the receptacle (2). A closure is provided, by which the opening (4) can be opened and closed. The closure comprises a tongue (5) on a first side of the opening (4). The tongue (5) is arranged such that it can be folded across the opening (4) to obstruct the opening (4). On a second side of the opening (4), opposite to the first side of the opening (4), there is provided a pocket (6). The pocket (6) is arranged so that the tongue (5) can be inserted into the pocket (6) when the tongue is folded to obstruct the opening (4). With the tongue (5) folded to obstruct the opening (4) and inserted in the pocket (6), first and second strips (7, 16) of a second material are aligned with one another and can be squeezed together so that the closure is substantially flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SERVECORP LIMITED
    Inventor: Noel Gregory White
  • Patent number: 9463766
    Abstract: The invention relates to a burst device (10), especially for a hybrid inflator (40) including a burst member (20) delimiting an igniter compartment (25) at least in portions on its inside (21), wherein the burst member (20) in the idle mode can be pressurized with compressed gas on its outside (22) and, in the case of operation, the burst member (20) can be destroyed by an igniter compartment side bursting pressure, in accordance with the invention, the burst device (10) includes a support sleeve (30) arranged in the igniter compartment (25) and including an opening (32), the support sleeve (30) including a collar (34) delimiting the opening (33), wherein the burst member (20) rests on the collar (34) of the support sleeve (30) at least in portions upon pressurization from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Airbag Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Kapfelsperger, Detlef Last, Lorenz Seidl
  • Patent number: 9458935
    Abstract: A lockable joint such as a lockable ball-and-socket joint comprising a first arm having a swivel head and a socket, the swivel head being pivotably mounted to the socket, and a locking device arranged for locking the swivel head with respect to the socket, the locking device having a piston, a pressure gas source, and an actuating device arranged for reversibly disconnecting the piston from the pressure gas source where in the pressure gas source is a gas cartridge. A seal suitable at a wide range of temperatures and pressures can be used with at least the pressure gas source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Helmut Fricke, Lawrence E. Griffith
  • Patent number: 9435619
    Abstract: An assembly for use in propelling electrode darts toward a distant target is deployed in an electrical discharge weapon. The assembly comprises a cartridge having a u-shaped channel terminating in apertures through which wire-tethered darts are propelled. Propulsion is achieved relatively efficiently using the sudden release of compressed gas from a sealed storage tank in response to penetration by a conical penetrator forced by an electrically-induced ignition of a pyrotechnic material to accelerate toward and penetrate the tank at an axial surface. The conical shape of the penetrator and the axial penetration of the tank produces a precisely symmetric rush of gas into a relatively confined volume including the dart channel to propel the darts toward the target in an efficient manner. Paper stickers may cover the dart exit apertures to permit initial pressure buildup before the darts penetrate the stickers as they are propelled toward the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Yong S. Park
  • Patent number: 9187159
    Abstract: The invention refers to sea rescue, in particular, to an individual wearable buoyant apparatuses that may be used on beaches, in emergency situations, and on vessels as an individual lifesaver for self-rescue in water, affordable and easy to use for everyone. The rescue wristband consists of elastic inflatable buoyant camera, tightly rolled and compactly packed into a pocket running along the wristband perimeter. System for filling in the chamber is designed as gas generator device emitted the required volume of carbonic gas as result of chemical reaction chemical components safe for human, startup of filling system initiates by hand compression or by excessive pressure of definite depth. If the chamber is filled in with gas, it expands from the pocket and forms C-shape form and can be designed in various versions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Pavel P. Mukhortov
  • Patent number: 9156530
    Abstract: An inflation device mechanism (10) for inflation of an inflatable article comprises a housing (11) for supporting a container (18) of pressurized fluid and a piercing device (16) displaceable from a retracted position to penetrate the container to release pressurized fluid, bias means (22) to move the piercing device to penetrate the container, and actuation means comprising co-operating latching elements (26, 30) which, in an engaged, latched configuration, retain the piercing device retracted, said actuation means being actuable by either a first (35) or a second (36) control member to allow the latching elements to disengage and permit the piercing device to penetrate the container under action of the bias means, the first control member (35) comprising a water sensitive member which surrounds the latching elements and has a strength sufficient normally to support the latching elements in the engaged configuration but to allow the elements to disengage when reduced in strength by exposure to water, and the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Michael E. Best, John Perrins
  • Patent number: 9139411
    Abstract: Devices and methods for extracting a beverage from a container, such as a wine bottle. Beverage can be extracted from a container by inserting a needle through a container closure, such as a cork, delivering pressurized gas into the container via the needle, and dispensing beverage from the container via the needle. A single valve can control flow of gas into the container, flow of beverage from the container, and stop all flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Rider, Otto Deruntz
  • Patent number: 9133008
    Abstract: Devices and methods for extracting a beverage from a container, such as a wine bottle. Beverage can be extracted from a container by inserting a needle through a container closure, such as a cork, delivering pressurized gas into the container via the needle, and dispensing beverage from the container via the needle. A pressure regulator may control a pressure of gas introduced into the container, and a lance used to pierce a pressurized gas cylinder may include a leading face arranged to reliably pierce a cylinder closure. The regulator may include valve features to reduce valve chatter or hammering and provide a more reliable pressure seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Rider, Otto Deruntz, Lee Ka Wing
  • Patent number: 9004092
    Abstract: A device (1) for draining a tank of fluid under pressure pertaining to a space system includes a pyrotechnic actuator that is suitable to perforate a conduit (2) in fluid communication with the tank, the device including a collar (4) that is suitable to enclose the conduit, the collar bearing: a pyrotechnic cartridge (5) for perforation, oriented radially towards the conduit (2), and an anvil (11), diametrically opposed to the cartridge in relation to the conduit, that is suitable to collect debris generated by the perforation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (C.N.E.S.)
    Inventor: Denis Dilhan
  • Patent number: 8944296
    Abstract: A dispensing device for cartridges having a trigger grip for operating a valve of the dispensing device, a connection for supplying a pressurized gas, a cartridge connector for connecting a cartridge, and a base body, in which at least one passage extends through such that pressurized gas can be guided to the cartridge connector. The cartridge connector comprises an opening towards the passage such that the content can be expelled from the cartridge upon application of the pressurized gas to the floor of a cartridge when the cartridge is arranged in the cartridge connector, and wherein the passage can be closed and opened through the operated valve. The valve has a valve body that is arranged in the base body in a rotatable manner, wherein a motion of the trigger grip leads to a rotation of the valve body in the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner
  • Patent number: 8925756
    Abstract: A gasket for a compressed gas cylinder arranged to operate with a gas cylinder having a neck with a top surface around a gas outlet and a side surface extending downwardly from the top surface. The gasket may include an upper portion arranged for positioning on the top surface of the cylinder and for making a seal with the top surface, and a lower portion extending downwardly from the upper portion and around the side surface of the neck of the cylinder, such that the lower portion is arranged to make a seal with the side surface of the gas cylinder. Face and gland seals may be established by the gasket with an opening that receives the gasket and an associated cylinder neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Tarapata, Terrence K. Jones, Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8910829
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extract fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A needle may be attached to a device body by a needle base, which includes a surface arranged to engage with a needle guide to guide movement of the needle base and needle relative to the guide. A needle guide may also provide a shield for the needle tip and/or a needle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Lazaris, Otto Deruntz, Mike Rider
  • Publication number: 20140361036
    Abstract: A mechanism for puncturing gas cartridges comprises a lever comprising a short lever arm and a long lever arm, both arms extending from a pivot. The mechanism also comprises a ramp for pushing laterally a tip of the long lever arm under application of an input force on the ramp. The lever is configured to rotate about the pivot under lateral movement of the tip of the long lever arm, causing a tip of the short lever arm to apply a puncturing force between the gas cartridge and a puncturing member. A main body may receive the gas cartridge, the puncturing member and the lever. An actuator may be slidably mounted on the main body for applying the input force on the ramp by sliding towards the main body. The mechanism may be incorporated in a gas injection device or in a needleless syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Brouillette, Steven Dion, Christian Hebert
  • Patent number: 8857195
    Abstract: An absorbent adapted to be used in a spray can charged with a liquefied gas, which exhibits excellent absorbing performance and excellent liquid retention. The absorbent is composed of an assembly of pulverized cellulose fibers that includes at least 45 mass % of fine cellulose fibers having a fiber length of 0.35 mm or less. The absorbent is formed into a sheet-shaped or a columnar configuration, or a surface sheet is laminated on a surface of the absorbent. The absorbent composed of 70 through 90 mass % of cellulose fibers that include 45 mass % or more of fine cellulose fibers having a fiber length of 0.35 mm or less, and 5 through 30 mass % of a fusion-bondable resin exhibits good formability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: NKK Co., Ltd., Toyota Tsusho Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Hatanaka, Masaki Okada, Kiyotaka Miyata, Teruo Miura
  • Patent number: 8794484
    Abstract: Actuators, principally for inflating emergency-usage objects such as floats and rafts, are detailed. Two opposite positive actions may be required to effect complete inflation of the objects, inhibiting inadvertent deployment of, particularly, the rafts while readily permitting deployment when intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company
    Inventor: Jonathan Vezzosi
  • Patent number: 8721379
    Abstract: A fluid activated automatic release apparatus is configured to release a pressurized gas from a cylinder bottle and/or activating various mechanical release mechanisms. The apparatus may include a liquid sensor component moveably coupled to a cam member; and a piercing pin configured to engage a fluid container, responsive to rotatable movement of the cam member. The apparatus may include a liquid sensor component moveably coupled to a cam member; and a barrel device biased to move linearly responsive to rotatable movement of the cam member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Steven A. Becnel
  • Publication number: 20140097198
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extract fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A needle may be attached to a device body by a needle base, which includes a surface arranged to engage with a needle guide to guide movement of the needle base and needle relative to the guide. A needle guide may also provide a shield for the needle tip and/or a needle opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Coravin, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Lazaris, Otto Deruntz, Mike Rider
  • Patent number: 8640919
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8608030
    Abstract: Cartridge systems for application of a material have at least one cartridge having cartridge walls, a cartridge head having at least one opening in the cartridge head, and a bracket arranged on the cartridge head. A valve is mounted in rotatable manner in the bracket and has at least one passage through the valve that is connected to an outlet opening of the valve. In a closed position, the valve closes the at least one opening of at least one cartridge in a sealed manner. The at least one passage of the valve is connected to the at least one opening when the valve is located in an open position such that the cartridge content is squeezable out of the at least one cartridge through the outlet opening, and further wherein the valve is configured to be transitioned from a closed position to an open position through a rotation of the valve about an axis of symmetry of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner, Tim Schnieber
  • Publication number: 20130313282
    Abstract: An inflation device mechanism (10) for inflation of an inflatable article comprises a housing (11) for supporting a container (18) of pressurised fluid and a piercing device (16) displaceable from a retracted position to penetrate the container to release pressurised fluid, bias means (22) to move the piercing device to penetrate the container, and actuation means comprising co-operating latching elements (26, 30) which, in an engaged, latched configuration, retain the piercing device retracted, said actuation means being actuable by either a first (35) or a second (36) control member to allow the latching elements to disengage and permit the piercing device to penetrate the container under action of the bias means, the first control member (35) comprising a water sensitive member which surrounds the latching elements and has a strength sufficient normally to support the latching elements in the engaged configuration but to allow the elements to disengage when reduced in strength by exposure to water, and the
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: UNITED MOULDERS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael E. Best, John Perrins
  • Patent number: 8360276
    Abstract: A manual inflator having a status indicator that indicates whether a fully-charged, unspent gas cylinder has been installed on the inflator. The status indicator comprises a “single point” indicator having an indicator window that displays the color “green” when the automatic inflator is fully operational or the color “red” when the inflator is at least partially inoperable automatically due to the removal of the gas cylinder or due to the firing of the inflator resulting in a spent gas cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Halkey-Roberts Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rogier, Lyman W. Fawcett, Jr., Alan D. King
  • Publication number: 20130019994
    Abstract: A portable device for rapidly inflating an inflatable bag is disclosed, which comprises at least one inlet intended to be connected to a source of compressed gas, in order to allow this gas to expand into an air intake chamber, the inlet being associated with a mechanism that triggers the release of the compressed gas to the air intake chamber, the latter having an opening allowing atmospheric air to be admitted and an outlet intended to be connected to the bag that is to be inflated. The device further comprises an intermediate distribution chamber for the compressed gas, which chamber is arranged between the inlet and the air intake chamber in order to connect the one to the other, and ejection holes arranged so as to open into a lateral wall of the air intake chamber in order to connect the latter to the intermediate distribution chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Marc-Antoine SCHAER, Robert GRAHAM, Laurent RAEBER
  • Patent number: 8353736
    Abstract: An auto/manual gas inflator incorporating a gas cylinder and an auto cap. A first indication mechanism is provided for indicating the status of the gas cylinder which is visible through a first window in the inflator housing and a second indication mechanism is provided for indicating the status of the auto cap through a second window in the inflator housing. The auto cap in one embodiment uses a dissolvable pill for automatic inflation. A manual activator, such as a lanyard assembly can be used for manual inflation. In either activation method, a pierce pin is moved upward to break the cylinder's seal and release the gas contained within the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Hudson Wang
  • Patent number: 8336733
    Abstract: A dispenser (1) includes a container (3) for the storage of a liquid, a gas cartridge receiving portion (5) for holding a gas cartridge (4) so that the contents of the container may be pressurized by gas in a gas cartridge, a dispensing arrangement for dispensing the liquid as a spray. The dispenser includes an activator (13) for moving a gas cartridge so that the gas cartridge is in position to pressurize the container, and an inhibitor (17) which inhibits movement of the dispensing arrangement. The activator is associated with the inhibitor so that movement of the inhibitor from the first to second inhibitor positions causes the activator to move the gas cartridge so that the gas cartridge is in position to pressurize the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shield Medicare Limited
    Inventors: Karen Laws, Duncan James Bradley, Nicholas John Campling, Tristian Roger Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8291902
    Abstract: A conventional respiratory nebulizer has an emergency medication dose storage system delivering the stored medication dose directly to the nebulizing chamber with a single impulse of force to a simple mechanical delivery system, thereby making the nebulizer useable in two steps: (a) opening the medication capsule with a simple opening action; and (b) inhaling the nebulized medication. The delivery system includes a plunger assembly having a pair of converging blades coming to a point for piercing a medication capsule held within a docking chamber adjacent to a nebulizing mixing chamber and a hollow needle connected to an air power source directing air through said needle, to force liquid medication from said pierced medication capsule into said nebulizing mixing chamber of said nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Abrams
  • Publication number: 20120217263
    Abstract: A fluid activated automatic release apparatus is configured to release a pressurized gas from a cylinder bottle and/or activating various mechanical release mechanisms. The apparatus may include a liquid sensor component moveably coupled to a cam member; and a piercing pin configured to engage a fluid container, responsive to rotatable movement of the cam member. The apparatus may include a liquid sensor component moveably coupled to a cam member; and a barrel device biased to move linearly responsive to rotatable movement of the cam member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Stratus Systems
    Inventor: Steven A. BECNEL
  • Patent number: 8251257
    Abstract: The compressed CO2 gas source is an insert that can be fixed in a sealed manner in an opening of the vessel. The insert has a high-pressure CO2 cartridge, a pressure-regulating valve for discharging CO2 therefrom and a control element that is accessible from the outside and that can be actuated to pierce the high-pressure CO2 cartridge. The control element can be automatically interlocked and blocked against further actuation after it has first been actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Huber Packaging Group GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Oberhofer, Timm Oberhofer
  • Patent number: 8235249
    Abstract: A carbon dioxide cartridge is triggered when a lance with a piercing tip punctures its burst disc. The cartridge has a cap that has an outlet and a passage for the lance and puncturing tip to travel. The lance is pushed into the burst disc when a heat expanding substance which is stored hermetically the cap in such a way that the only direction to expand is to displace and push the lance right into the burst disc. Once the burst disc is pierced, the cartridge empties its contents quickly out the outlet. In at least one embodiment the cartridge and the cap are attached by screw threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony S. Hollars, Thomas F. Janecek
  • Patent number: 8191734
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and apparatus for gasifying and maintaining gasification of a liquid contained in a resealable container are provided herein. In some embodiments, a gas delivery system for gasifying a liquid is provided, including a storage vessel for storing a gas; a controllable release mechanism; and an output device for facilitating delivery of a gas from the storage vessel via the controllable release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher Lupfer
  • Patent number: 8070023
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing assembly that is capable of dispensing controlled or metered portions of a beverage charged with a gas fits onto a shelf in a conventional household refrigerator. The beverage dispensing assembly includes a sealed disposable container assembly that contains the beverage and a dispensing assembly that cooperates with the container assembly to selectively unseal the container assembly and dispense controlled portions of the beverage from the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: On Tap LLC
    Inventors: Marc L. Vitantonio, William E. Rabbitt, John W. Nottingham, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Jr., Jay Tapper, John Replogle, Jeffrey M. Kalman
  • Patent number: 8028858
    Abstract: A compressed gas cartridge is pierced and dispenses its pressurized gas through a permeation element that serves as a way to regulate the rate of gas dispensed out an outlet in the surrounding housing. It has been found that the use of a permeation element can control the rate of dispensation to an almost constant rate over time, which is valuable in applications such as art preservation for just one example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony S. Hollars
  • Publication number: 20110210144
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and apparatus for gasifying and maintaining gasification of a liquid contained in a resealable container are provided herein. In some embodiments, a gas delivery system for gasifying a liquid is provided, including a storage vessel for storing a gas; a controllable release mechanism; and an output device for facilitating delivery of a gas from the storage vessel via the controllable release mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Lupfer