For Movable Tubes, Sleeves, Or Apertured Caps Patents (Class 222/513)
  • Patent number: 10330314
    Abstract: A throttled vent termination or cap for use in conjunction with a direct vent appliance and venting system is provided. The direct vent termination includes an inner pipe and a concentric outer housing surrounding the inner pipe to form a void between the inner pipe and the outer housing. The void adapted to provide intake air to the air intake section of the vent system. An end cap is provided at a first end of the outer pipe, the inner pipe to the end cap and having an exhaust opening therein. An intake region is formed in the outer housing providing access to the void. A throttle cover which is configured to be movably positioned and thereafter secured at one of a number of positions over the intake region using a throttle guide is provided to thereby regulate air flow into the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DuraVent, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Bertler, Ryan L. Devine
  • Patent number: 10035644
    Abstract: The combination package includes a beverage glass having an upper shell-shaped body defining an upwardly narrowing tapered flume of generally uniform thickness terminating in a smooth upper rim thereof defining an open mouth, and a lower base opposite the open mouth; and a bottle defining a container for retaining a beverage and a pour spout for dispensing the beverage therefrom, the bottle having a size and shape for select slide-in reception through the open mouth of the beverage glass in an inverted orientation such that the upwardly narrowing tapered flume selectively engages a sidewall of the container for friction-fit engagement therewith, wherein engagement of the bottle with the beverage glass forms the combination package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: govino, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph T. Perrulli, Boyd I. Willat
  • Patent number: 9114918
    Abstract: A so-called “anti-drip” cap (10) for a deformable bottle (12), includes a substantially tubular base (16), a substantially tubular cover (26), which covers the base (16) in an impermeable manner, and which includes at least one so-called upper opening (30) for outlet of the product, first and second tubular sections (22, 23) of the base and of the cover being mounted in a sliding manner, one within the other, and defining, in an impermeable manner, a chamber (32) for passage of the product, characterized in that the internal tubular section end (33) placed inside the passage chamber (32) includes at least one first substantially tapered lip (35) that touches an inner bore of the external tubular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel De Rosa
  • Publication number: 20150122844
    Abstract: A beverage containment assembly may include a disposable liner assembly for dispensing fluids with a vessel. The liner assembly may comprise a flexible liner configured for the vessel, a flexible tube; and a cuff having an interlock surface. The cuff may be received in at least a portion of the tube thereby securing the liner and the tube. The interlock surface may be configured to provide a seal between at least the cuff and the liner. A method of manufacturing same is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Plascon Group
    Inventors: Matthew P. Klein, David E. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8905264
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly includes an inner tubular member having a closed end and an opposed open end for receiving a fluid from a source, at least one outlet extending radially through the inner tubular member proximate the closed end, wherein the closed end is configured for insertion into a bore defined by a sidewall in a work piece. The nozzle assembly further includes a slidably movable outer sleeve, having a distal end, disposed around the inner tubular member, wherein the distal end is configured for contact with an exterior edge portion of the bore. The outer sleeve is normally biased to a first position sealing the at least one outlet from the exterior, and slidably movable to a second position unsealing the at least one outlet upon contact with the edge portion of the bore as the closed end of the inner tubular member is inserted into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Starborn Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. White, Paul Gertner
  • Patent number: 8708199
    Abstract: A unified system, device and method for bulk dispensing a product in a safe and sanitary environment preventing micro and macro contamination, adulteration and product mix-up. The system comprises a bulk product dispenser having a discharge valve; a container/bag holding to-be-dispensed product in a UV-proof, fluid-impermeable, sealed environment, having a tear-tab adapted for releasing the product from outside the dispenser; and a containment device removably attachable with the discharge valve which measures and dispenses the product to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Edward James
  • Patent number: 8505787
    Abstract: A spout assembly configured to be attached to a mouth of a bottle to facilitate pouring of the contents of the bottle. The spout assembly includes a cap having an upper surface and defining an axial passageway; a spout mounted within the cap and movable between a retracted position, in which the spout is disposed within the axial passageway below the upper surface, and an extended position, in which at least a portion of the spout extends above the upper surface; and a first polarized magnet attached to the cap and a second polarized magnet attached to the spout, wherein the first polarized magnet and second polarized magnet magnetically bias the spout into the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: 2308479 Ontario Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Fox, Andrew Fox
  • Patent number: 8464916
    Abstract: The invention relates to a so-called “anti-drip” cap (10) for a flexible bottle (12) including a base (16), in communication with the bottle, covered by a cover (26), including an outlet opening (30), the cover (26) being movable between a bottom blocking position and a top dispensing position, characterized in that the cover (26) is mobile between a first angular position associated with the bottom blocking position and a second angular position, in which the cover (26) is mobile under the pressure of a product feeding the base, between an intermediate position for venting the bottle (12) and the top dispensing position, an elastic return element (38) with a predetermined stiffness being inserted in the second angular position between the cover and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Maitrise et Innovation
    Inventor: Daniel De Rosa
  • Patent number: 8365968
    Abstract: A cap of a tube container having an automatic sealing structure, which more reliably performs an airtight function, prevents liquid ingredients in a nozzle from drying, safely protects the nozzle in a physical way, prevents gel-phased medical ingredients from being in contact with the outside air to the maximum extent possible, thus allowing the medical ingredients to be preserved for a longer period of time, and which is constructed so that the cap is integrated with the container, thus eliminating the risk of loss resulting from the separation. A cone which is secured by each locking protrusion inserted into a guide slit is inserted into a body as the locking protrusion moves, so that a nozzle hole is opened by an anti-drying unit and contents are discharged through an ejected nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Morris Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-Son Yoon
  • Patent number: 8196786
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a container that includes closure walls, at least one dispensing aperture, at least one closing element that is movable between a position where the aperture is closed, and a position where the aperture is open. This closure includes at least one actionable member that surrounds the closure walls and the closing element, and at least one connection element located between the actionable member and the closing element. The connection element is made of a material that is sufficiently rigid below a predetermined safety temperature, to connect the actionable member and closing element, thus allowing opening of the dispensing aperture by moving the actionable member and fluid above temperature so that the actionable member and closing element are disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Jean-Marie Yves Charlier, Bruno Sadi Henri Delande, Jean-Francois Andre Aime Delaunay, Pierre Henri Lebrand
  • Patent number: 8007274
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle assembly is provided. The assembly includes an outer nozzle body having a first end and a second end and at least one inner nozzle tube having a first end and a second end. One of the nozzle body or nozzle tube includes a fuel plenum and a fuel passage extending therefrom, while the other of the nozzle body or nozzle tube includes a fuel injection hole slidably aligned with the fuel passage to form a fuel flow path therebetween at an interface between the body and the tube. The nozzle body and the nozzle tube are fixed against relative movement at the first ends of the nozzle body and nozzle tube, enabling the fuel flow path to close at the interface due to thermal growth after a flame enters the nozzle tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Johnson, Willy Steve Ziminsky, Benjamin Paul Lacey, William David York, Christian Xavier Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20110049195
    Abstract: A dispensing closure assembly for a drink container. The assembly has an occludable nozzle able to close a dispensing path way when the nozzle is in one condition relative to an occlusion providing member of the assembly, and to open a dispensing pathway when the nozzle is in a second condition relative to the occlusion providing member. The nozzle is movable from the raised non occluded open and dispensing condition to the lowered occluded non-dispensing closed condition against a bias. The nozzle is releasably latchable in the closed condition. The release involves a rotation of one part of the assembly relative to another to allow axial movement of the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Allin Nicholas Russell, James Richard Manley, Brendan Jon Lindsay
  • Publication number: 20090236375
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a container that includes closure walls, at least one dispensing aperture, at least one closing element that is movable between a position where the aperture is closed, and a position where the aperture is open. This closure includes at least one actionable member that surrounds the closure walls and the closing element, and at least one connection element located between the actionable member and the closing element. The connection element is made of a material that is sufficiently rigid below a predetermined safety temperature, to connect the actionable member and closing element, thus allowing opening of the dispensing aperture by moving the actionable member and fluid above temperature so that the actionable member and closing element are disconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Jean-Marie Yves Charlier, Bruno Sadi Henri Delande, Jean-Francois Andre Aime Delaunay, Pierre Henri Lebrand
  • Patent number: 7040514
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing fluid from a container has a shell having an inlet, an outlet, a dispensing chamber, and a mechanism for attaching the dispenser to a top portion of a container, such as a carbonated beverage bottle. An obstructor is movable between a closed position and an open position to allow fluid flow between the inlet and the dispensing outlet. A membrane pin is coupled to a resilient membrane and to the obstructor such that depression of the membrane will result in displacement of the obstructor, moving the obstructor between the closed and open positions. A siphon draws fluid from the container into the dispensing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Mihail Octavian Colan, Laurentiu Victor Bucuroiu
  • Patent number: 6547108
    Abstract: A pressure-activated flexible valve for use with a container for dispensing fluid material. The valve has a single sealing surface and comprises an inner component having a sealing portion and an outer component having an annular rim that seats against the sealing portion. The outer component also has a flexible portion that changes shape in response to pressure from the container material, thereby opening and closing the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Johanson
  • Patent number: 6349858
    Abstract: A dispense head assembly comprise a housing, and a body having a fluid inlet and outlet attached to the housing. A piston is disposed within the body and housing and is attached at one end to an actuating handle. A poppet/diaphragm is attached to the opposite piston end and includes an imperforate head, a thin-walled sleeve that extends axially away from the head, and a tongue that defines a terminal edge of the sleeve and that forms a leak-tight interference seal with the body. The poppet/diaphragm sleeve is rolled between opposite piston and assembly wall surfaces to provide open- and closed-flow poppet/diaphragm movement. A dip tube adapter is releasibly attached to the housing and body. A tongue and groove seal arrangement is used to form a leak-tight interference seal therebetween. A dip tube is attached to the second adapter body end to provide fluid pick-up from a fluid container to the dispense head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
    Inventors: Kenji A. Kingsford, Peter Nguyen, Tom J. Sievers
  • Publication number: 20010042764
    Abstract: A device for dispensing oil from an oil container has a fill tube, a spring mounted on the fill tube, a cover mounted on the fill tube and against the spring and two O-rings. The fill tube is closed on top but has one or more openings near the end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventor: John Baldwin
  • Patent number: 6202899
    Abstract: A head (4) for dispensing a product under pressure includes a dispensing element (20) intended to be mounted on a pump or a valve (30) surmounting a product reservoir (2) and defining an outlet duct (34) for the product, opening to a dispensing orifice (22). A rigid or semi-rigid actuator (16) is capable of coming into engagement with the dispenser. A shut-off device (18) is integral with the actuator (16) and is capable, in response to a pressure exerted on the actuator, of moving from a first position in which it seals off the orifice (22) to a second position in which the orifice (22) is uncovered so as to allow the product to exit under pressure. The shut-off device (18) is formed of a material that is elastically deformable so that it can return to the first position by elastic return when the actuating pressure ceases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Pierre-Andre Lasserre, Marcel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6082590
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser, usable in dispensing milk, has a large refrigerated cabinet for housing large beverage containers. The beverage dispenser has a handle/valve with a first closed position, a second open position, and a third position for insertion and removal of a flexible milk tube. The handle includes two arms, and the user holds a cup between the two arms to receive the dispensed milk. The valve includes a cooling plate which refrigerates the milk in the flexible milk tube extending through the valve. The valve has a pinch plate which closes the flexible tube with a rocking motion, initially pinching the flexible tube at its lowest point and subsequently reopening the tube slightly to suck any beverage drops on the end of the tube back up into the tube. A hinged shelf is provided for ease of loading and unloading milk cases in and out of the refrigerated cabinet. The milk case has angled hand hold openings to allow lifting without repositioning of the wrists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Stevens-Lee Company
    Inventors: Steven T. Dorsey, Jerome D. Powlas, Karl D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6021801
    Abstract: A fluid product valve in which an elastic member containing a normally closed slit is adapted to be selectively stretched by displacement of an actuating member, such as to stretch open the slit over the outlet end of a product discharge passage and allow fluid product to be dispensed therefrom, release of the actuating member allowing the elastic member, and hence the distorted slit, to return to its original configuration, thereby reclosing the outlet end of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Raymond William Sheppard
  • Patent number: 5874208
    Abstract: A method and an extractor for pressing out plasma and buffy coat from a collapsible blood container (1), in which blood has been divided, by centrifugation, into a plasma layer, a buffy coat layer and a layer of red blood cells. The plasma and then the buffy coat are pressed out each through a separate outlet tube (2) or through a common outlet tube (2), which is connected to the top portion of the blood container, a pulsating pressure being applied to a top section of the blood container (1) during the end phase of the pressing-out of buffy coat. The extractor has a stationary support surface (6) and a movable pressing member (7), between which the blood container is suspended and subjected to a compressive force in order to press out the plasma and then the buffy coat through the outlet tube (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Omega Medicinteknik AB
    Inventor: Peter Unger
  • Patent number: 5346098
    Abstract: A hot water dispensing device which includes a flexible tube or a bellows which can be depressed by a solenoid such that hot water can pass into the tube or bellows and out an outlet when the solenoid is energized. When the solenoid is de-energized, the upper portion of the tube or bellows forms a seal to prevent water overflowing if the machine is moved or is jolted. By varying the time of energization of the solenoid, the quantity of water can be adjusted. Another modification has a pivoted tube controlled by a solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: VKI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan M. King, Orn Arnason
  • Patent number: 5265847
    Abstract: A self closing squeeze valve comprising a resilient and deformable valve body having a cavity into which a wafer made of closed cell foam with a smooth surface is permanently inserted, causing a normal state of blockage and seal. Lips are provided across the opposing broad surfaces of the cavity, aligned normal to the direction of flow through the valve, to augment sealing by the wafer. Manual pressure on the valve body causes both components to deform to form a passage allowing flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: Daniel J. Vorhis
  • Patent number: 5248213
    Abstract: A seal means for a roll-on liquid dispenser in the form of an expansible web which elongates biaxially to overlay the roller and seal the dispensing passage when a dispenser closure is moved to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Plastek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Seager, Alex S. Szekely, Alfred Astoreca, Robert Sheffler, Christopher S. Thorp
  • Patent number: 5027975
    Abstract: Dispensing gun for mixing and dispensing reactable fluent materials. A cylinder is slidable within a bore in response to a piston sliding within the cylinder. When the cylinder moves away from a discharge opening, orifices in the wall of the cylinder become aligned with supply passages in the bore allowing the reactable fluent materials to mix in the cylinder and be dispensed from the discharge opening. The cylinder, piston and orifices are cleaned by a cleaning solvent at the end of each dispensing operation. Movement of the piston towards the discharge opening draws the cleaning solvent through the orifices into the interior of the cylinder. The dispensing gun is particularly useful for mixing organic resins and polyisocyanates to dispense polyurethane foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventors: David G. Keske, Donald L. Kahmke
  • Patent number: 5010841
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying sealant to a countersunk fastener hole. The apparatus includes a sleeve, an adapter tube within the sleeve, a nozzle housing attached to the adapter tube, and a tip within the nozzle housing. A guide pin is attached to the adapter tube and follows an oblique slot in the sleeve. To operate, the sealant applicator is inserted into a countersunk fastener hole, engaging the tip with the countersink of the hole. The tip depresses into the nozzle housing, ejecting sealant onto the countersink. The adapter tube is pushed into the sleeve, moving the guide pin along the oblique slot in the sleeve. This guide pin movement rotates the adapter tube, nozzle housing and tip, causing the tip to uniformly spread the sealant around the countersink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Stewart
  • Patent number: 4962872
    Abstract: A closure dispensing device or valve and method which may be applied to a liquid container. The preferred closure device includes a channel body with an extending channel portion. The channel portion has an internal channel with an exit port. The exit port may include a circular seat into which an O-ring may be placed. A spring seal mechanism is placed in tension over the channel portion, the spring seal mechanism having a flat surface for engaging and sealing against the O-ring. To actuate the dispenser, the user moves the leg of the pivoted "U" spring away from the O-ring and allows liquid to pass therebetween. When the user releases the leg, the spring tension provided by the pivoted "U" spring restores the seal between the flat surface of the leg and the O-ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Pro Pak California
    Inventor: Bernard Strong
  • Patent number: 4902155
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser for dispensing a predetermined volume of liquid to a surface includes a bottle for containing a supply of the liquid with a movable sleeve coaxially located with and receiving the outlet end of the bottle. The sleeve includes a valve which closes and opens the bottle outlet as the sleeve moves toward and away, respectively, from the bottle outlet. The sleeve also includes a metered liquid reservoir to the opposite side of the seal from the bottle outlet for receiving a predetermined measured amount of liquid from the bottle. A valve is located at the reservoir to control the flow of liquid from the reservoir, and a dauber tip is in liquid-flow communication with the reservoir for receiving liquid from the reservoir and dispensing the liquid on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Sallie Q. Buschemeyer
  • Patent number: 4881664
    Abstract: A dispensing valve particularly suited for use on the outlet nozzle of a membrane type beverage container comprises a first unitary component formed from a resilient resinous material and having a generally cylindrical main body with opposed axial ends. One of the ends includes an axially open circumferential groove adapted to sealingly receive and be retained on the outer end of the outlet nozzle. A circumferentially continuous seat lies radially inwardly of the groove. An opening extends axially through the body and has one end closed by a cylindrical closed end tubular portion. Assembled in the main body is an integral valve element and dispensing tube component comprising an imperforate valve disk having opposed faces and a diameter at least greater than the maximum diametric extent of the seat. A hollow dispensing tube is joined centrally to one face of the disk and extends axially thereof into the tubular portion of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventor: Raymond P. Kawolics
  • Patent number: 4821930
    Abstract: The device consists of a cylindrical body divided into an upper filling chamber and a lower overflow chamber by a moveable component which increases or decreases the size of the filling chamber and determines the amount of liquor to be dispensed. Once the upper chamber is visually determined to be filled a rearward pumping action of the outer body opens the releasing cap and at the same time shuts off the flow of liquor into the filling chamber. The device is attached by insertion into the neck opening of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventors: George J. Luine, John L. Luine
  • Patent number: 4753371
    Abstract: S-shaped opening and closing element for controlling the flow of a fluid or body (powder, granulate) and adaptable to any form of package or fitting containing fluids, characterized in that its shape in two S-bends permits both an instantaneous stoppage of the flow of the fluids and an instantaneous flow of said fluids; this, as a function of the given position, by manual or mechanical traction on the element. The S-shape ensures very effective fluid-tightness, without supplementary elements. The opening and closing element can be employed for controlling flow from a container having a supporting device for the element. The container can have more than one compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventors: Serge Michielin, Roland Nydegger
  • Patent number: 4722458
    Abstract: A dispensing valve for a fluid container comprising a tubular body portion having an inlet at one end adapted to be mounted to a container, the other end of the tubular portion is closed by a resiliently deformable diaphragm, a discharge outlet in the wall of the tubular portion, a flow control member positioned within said tubular portion and coupled to the diaphragm for movement relative to the discharge outlet between a closed position and an open position on deformation of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: Kiff Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: David J. Van Dal
  • Patent number: 4690313
    Abstract: The device consists of a cylindrical body divided into an upper filling chamber and a lower overflow chamber by a moveable wall which increases or decreases the size of the filling chamber and determines the amount of liquor to be dispensed. Once the upper chamber is visually determined to be filled a rearward pumping action of the outer body opens the releasing cap and at the same time shuts off the flow of liquor into the filling chamber. The device is attached by insertion into the neck opening of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventors: George J. Luine, John L. Luine
  • Patent number: 4690375
    Abstract: An improved self closing squeeze valve for use with fluid dispensing containers comprising a resilient and deformable valve body into which one or two wafers of similar material are permanently inserted causing a normal state of blockage and seal. Manual pressure on the valve body causes all components to deform, allowing passage of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: Daniel J. Vorhis
  • Patent number: 4615364
    Abstract: A powdered developer supplying device in an electrostatic reproducing apparatus comprises a developer hopper and a developer receptacle. A cover for opening and closing a developer inlet opening of the developer receptacle is urged by a spring in the close direction. When the receptacle is installed on the hopper, the cover is opened by an operating member which is operated by the developer receptacle. A limiting member is provided for limiting movement of the cover from open/close positions. A bayonet type coupling member is provided for coupling the receptacle to the hopper by rotation after the receptacle is installed on the hopper. A developer receptacle wall which forms the bottom of the receptacle when the latter is up-ended at the time developer is being supplied is formed on a slope to facilitate flow of the powdered developer from the receptacle, through the opening into the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Konishiroku Photo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun Kawata
  • Patent number: 4610375
    Abstract: A refrigerator door comprises an inner panel and an outer panel forming the wall of the door and has a drink container removably associated with the inner panel. A drink-delivery tube communicates with the interior of the container and is hingedly movable against a resilient bias from an inoperative position to a delivery position, the tube extending through the wall of the door and terminating in a spout. A slide is associated with the tube for effecting such movement thereof and is movable from the outside of the door in a vertical opening formed in the outer panel of the door wall. A compartment accessible from the outside of the door without opening the same is provided in the door, the compartment being divided into a lower compartment for placement of a cup and an upper compartment for reception of the tube spout. A pivotal partition controllable by the slide separates the lower compartment from the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Franco Germi, Franco Moretti
  • Patent number: 4535920
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying lap sealant including a frame having wheels and supporting a container of lap sealant and a pressurized agent for delivering the sealant to a nozzle. The nozzle is positioned beyond the side of one wheel to permit a lap seam to be accurately followed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Leon M. Troup
  • Patent number: 4533071
    Abstract: A dispensing closure valve for a container comprising a stem for attachment to the container, and stem having an annular wall defining an opening and a closure having an annular wall, a radial wall engaging the free end of said stem, a transverse wall being curved and defining a convex surface facing inwardly of the container. The closure includes a downwardly and inwardly inclined integral annular portion defining a sealing surface at the juncture of the axial wall and transverse wall. The stem has a downwardly and outwardly inclined surface engaged by the downwardly and inwardly inclined sealing surface of said closure. An actuator comprising a tab extending axially from the inner surface of the transverse wall for manipulation of the closure to flex the axial wall and the transverse wall and thereby permit the contents to flow between the wall of the stem and the wall of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert R. Uhlig
  • Patent number: 4483465
    Abstract: A valve for dispensing fluidic substance including a valve housing (12) defining a general axial flow path through the housing, a diaphragm (22) disposed in the valve housing substantially transverse to the axial flow path and defining first and second compartments (38, 39) therein, the diaphragm having a surface facing away from the flow path which includes an annular rib (32) and further having at least one aperture (34) disposed through the diaphragm in a peripheral arrangement outside of the annular rib for allowing passage of fluidic substance from the first compartment to the second compartment, a tubular seal mounted to the valve housing and having an inner end (46) which opens to face the annular rib of the diaphragm, an outer end (50), an annular lip (60) defining the inner end of the seal, and being annularly pivotable relative to the pivoting break sealing engagement between the diaphragm and the tubular seal so that fluidic substance in the second compartment is permitted access to the bore (44) o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Assignee: Automation Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: David Lawrence
  • Patent number: 4461406
    Abstract: There is described a container for dispensing liquids in which an elongated, resilient, delivery tube is positioned within the container in a deflected and compressed condition, so that when a closure is removed from an opening in the container the upper end part of the delivery tube is urged out of the container by its own resilience. The delivery tube is then grasped and pulled outwardly until cooperating formations on the lower end of the delivery tube and the container nozzle form a seal therebetween. A flexible wall or diaphragm may be provided to expel fluid from the container. After use, the delivery tube is replaced within the container by pushing the first end part, and a cap is placed over the opening in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1984
    Assignee: American Home Products Corporation
    Inventor: Osvaldo Vannucci
  • Patent number: 4442959
    Abstract: A valve-and-lid assembly adapted for closing off the open top end of a pressurized container comprises a lid having a dome part protruding on an upper or lower face of the lid and having a central opening. A valve disc of elastically resilient material is lodged in the dome part and extends with a valve head part thereof through the central opening. The latter is surrounded by an axially extending collar portion of the dome part depending from a flat top wall of the latter and having an annular rim about the opening which is in sealing contact with a contact face of the valve head when the valve is closed, thereby obturating product ducts provided in the valve disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventors: Luigi Del Bon, Franco Del Bon
  • Patent number: 4207996
    Abstract: An improved dispensing assembly is disclosed for dispensing liquids, powders, and the like from a container, including a container member having a body portion, a reduced neck portion, and an enlarged head portion, which enlarged head portion contains a first pouring opening, and a hinged flap moveable between open and closed positions relative to the first pouring opening. A dispensing closure member is rotatably mounted concentrically about the enlarged head portion, which closure member contains a second pouring opening and is rotatable between closed and open positions in which the pouring openings are out of and in alignment, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Inventor: George A. Moen
  • Patent number: 4203527
    Abstract: A secure bottle for storing of pills, or the like, wherein the novel cap member comprises a rotatable member and a stationary member positioned for relative rotation with one another; the rotation being opposed by a biasing element between said members; and the rotation also being opposed by a locking construction engaging the member until a lock on the lower member is depressed to free the two members for relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Inventor: Ernest J. LaChance, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4168128
    Abstract: An improved dual-seal, wide-surface roller-type dispensing package combination for cosmetics and the like. A wide-surface dispensing roller is held in place in a fitment which is adapted to be attached to the finish portion of a container for the product to be dispensed. The dispensing roller is allowed to revolve within the fitment to facilitate uniform dispensing and application of the contents of the container. The total package is completed by a closure which is adapted to snap into engagement with the container. A primary seal is formed between the dispensing roller and the fitment upon application of the closure. The closure also includes a quantity of resilient material, such as a foamed polymer, positioned to contact the dispensing roller and the fitment to form a secondary seal to prevent leakage of product when the closure is placed into engagement with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1979
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Fillmore, George V. Mumford
  • Patent number: 4165825
    Abstract: A tiltable valve apparatus for use with pressurized containers in which the valve member is constructed of resilient material and includes a hollow shank with a substantially rigid reinforcing plug therein so that the valve stem can be tilted without bending when pressure is applied to one side for dispensing material from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Southern Can Company
    Inventor: Harold M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4141461
    Abstract: A secure bottle for storing of pills, or the like, wherein the novel cap member comprises a rotatable member and a stationary member positioned for relative rotation with one another; the rotation being opposed by a biasing means between said members; and the rotation also being opposed by a locking construction engaging the member until the upper member is lifted free thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Inventor: Ernest J. LaChance
  • Patent number: 4084728
    Abstract: A child-proof closure device for containers has an inner cap for securement on the container neck, and an outer cap rotatable on the inner cap between positions in which dispensing apertures in the caps are respectively aligned, to permit dispensing of the container contents, and covered, to prevent such dispensing. A square control projection on the inner cap is normally engaged with a star-shaped opening in the outer cap in one of positions angularly spaced by to prevent rotation of the outer cap, and can be disengaged for rotation by axial inward pressure to resiliently deform the inner cap. A ring of projections on the outer cap can engage in corresponding depressions or in the dispensing apertures of the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1978
    Assignee: Georg Menshen & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Otto Stahl, Johannes Hins
  • Patent number: 4061251
    Abstract: A metered valve assembly for dispensing a predetermined volume of fluid from a receptacle containing fluid under pressure for each actuation of the dispensing apparatus having a valve chamber of predetermined capacity with a check valve controlling the flow of fluid under pressure from the receptacle to the valve chamber and a control valve for discharging the fluid contained in the valve chamber. The valve structures are so characterized that upon the closing off of the control valve, fluid under pressure in the receptacle will lift the normally seated check valve off its seat to fill said valve chamber with fluid under pressure. Upon the actuation of the dispensing apparatus to dispense fluid, the force maintaining the check valve on its seat is progressively increased until the control valve is opened to permit the discharge of that volume of fluid trapped in the volume chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1973
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Inventor: Arthur M. Harris
  • Patent number: 4008834
    Abstract: An improved type of tip seal for a dispensing arrangement used for dispensing viscous products and the like with the tip seal comprising essentially an inner stem attached to a body portion, an outer stem slidably mounted over the body portion and having an opening which mates with the tip of the inner stem to form the tip seal and a stretchable rubber member holding the outer stem in contact with the inner stem when no pressure is supplied inside the body but stretching in response to pressure to open the tip seal to permit dispensing of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1977
    Inventor: Edward J. Towns