For Pivoted And Swingable Elements Patents (Class 222/517)
  • Patent number: 11104493
    Abstract: A pouring spout assembly for pouring fluid from a bottle without spillage includes a spout that is attachable to a bottle to pour a fluid contained in the bottle. A trigger is movably integrated into the spout that can be depressed by a user and the trigger is biased into an up-depressed position. A disk is coupled to the trigger such that the disk is positioned within the spout. The disk closes the spout when the trigger is not depressed to inhibit the fluid from pouring outwardly through the spout. Conversely, the disk opens the spout when the trigger is depressed to facilitate the liquid to pour from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen Cox
  • Patent number: 10640356
    Abstract: Tapping assembly for a beverage, including container including a first and second container, wherein the first container has a neck portion and the second container is suspended in the first container, from the neck portion thereof. A neck region of the container is provided with at least one opening in a side wall thereof, preferably in a neck region of the first container, opening into a space between the first and second containers. The assembly further includes a connecting device, connected or connectable to the neck portion, wherein the connecting device includes at least one connecting element for connecting to the at least one opening, wherein the connecting element is connected to a source of pressurised gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Gerard Witte, Arie Maarten Paauwe, Bart Jan Bax
  • Patent number: 10232661
    Abstract: An enclosure apparatus is adopted to a dispensing container having a dispensing side such as but not limited to maker or a candy container. The enclosure apparatus comprises a cap, a lid, and a tubular sleeve having a first end and a second end. The lid is attached to the cap by a hinge and rotatable around the hinge to be in open position or close position. The tubular sleeve is coaxially disposed inside the cap, wherein the cap is relatively slidable along the tubular sleeve. The enclosure apparatus encloses the dispensing side of the dispensing container inside the cap when the cap slides toward the first end of the tubular sleeve and causes the lid in the close position, wherein the dispensing side extends outside the cap when the cap slides toward the second end of the tubular sleeve and causes the lid in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Changi Wu
  • Patent number: 9895526
    Abstract: A fluid connector comprising a housing having an access site, and a cover member passively positioned in an initial covering relationship with the access site, the cover member being reversible from an uncovered relationship under load to the initial covering relationship, is described. A method of preventing contamination and aseptically covering an access site of a fluid connector with a cover member is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IVAXIS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd M. Korogi, Theodore J. Mosler, Scott P. Jarnagin, Bryan Peters, David L. Foshee, Nathan R. Snell, Andrew Corson
  • Patent number: 9592376
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for holding at least one tube clamp on a medical tube, the tube clamp including at least one, usually two, clamping section(s) for altering a luminal cross-section of a medical tube during use, includes at least one receiving structure for detachably receiving at least one section of the tube clamp. A medical tube with at least one holding apparatus as well as a method for sterilizing a medical tube are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Haecker, Lothar Leick, Wolfgang Schulz, Edmund-Jakob Thiry
  • Patent number: 9151536
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a free-flowing or pourable refrigerated product is situated on the front face of the housing of a refrigeration device. A sleeve, through which the dispensing device is accessed, protrudes beyond the front face and is surrounded by a peripheral frame that protrudes beyond the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Buchstab, Irene Dumkow, Adolf Feinauer, Klaus Flinner, Bernd Heger, Peter Nalbach, Kasim Yazan
  • Patent number: 9038860
    Abstract: A food dispenser for attaching underneath a cupboard, wherein the dispenser has a bin member having four side walls and a dispensing hatch at a bottom portion thereof, and bin channels formed in top portions of two opposite of the side walls, and a support bracket adapted to be securely attached underneath the cupboard having four side edges, wherein two opposite side edges have support channels adapted to engage respective bin channels of the bin member opposite side walls, such that the bin member can slide on and off the support bracket. The dispensing hatch is pivotally attached to one of the four side walls of the bin member, such that the hatch can be pivotally opened and closed such that food can be extracted from the bin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dany Goulet
  • Patent number: 9004326
    Abstract: The beverage dispensing system includes a dispensing faucet defining a flow path, a valve head in the flow path movable between a closed position in sealed contact with a valve seat, and an open position. An actuator is manually movable to operate the faucet, and a biasing element is cooperable with the actuator and valve head such that an initial movement of the actuator will automatically cause sufficient energy to be stored or loaded in the biasing element for moving the valve head to the open position but without doing so. Occurrence of a subsequent predetermined event such as a further movement of the actuator will cause the stored energy to be automatically released to rapidly or nearly instantaneously move the valve head to the open position. As a result, no instruction or skill is required to operate the faucet to uniformly dispense pressurized beverages such as draught beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Trulaske, Stephen M. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8985406
    Abstract: The plug includes: a resilient member that is provided on the valve body and serves to bias the valve body in a closing direction; a valve body cover attached to the valve body in order to prevent the resilient member from coming of a rotation member rotatably provided on the valve body cover; at least two engagement claw portions that are provided on the rotation member and serve to allow the valve body cover to be engaged with an upper portion of the valve body; and claw guiding grooves and the recessed grooves serving as steps that are provided on an upper portion of the valve body, the number of the claw guiding grooves being equal to the number of or the integral multiple of the engagement claw portions, the recessed grooves allowing the rotation member to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Thermos L.L.C., Thermos K.K.
    Inventor: Katsuaki Tachi
  • Patent number: 8875926
    Abstract: Container for beverages, liquids and other fluid substances which includes a plurality of sealed chambers, sealed openings in coplanar walls of the chambers, a stationary cover plate with openings in registration with the sealed openings, an opener movably mounted on the cover plate for selective engagement with seals for the openings in the walls, and a selector plate operatively connected to the opener with an opening in the selector plate that can be moved into and out of registration with the openings in the chamber walls and cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Valon Grajqevci
  • Publication number: 20140319186
    Abstract: The beverage dispensing system includes a dispensing faucet defining a flow path, a valve head in the flow path movable between a closed position in sealed contact with a valve seat, and an open position. An actuator is manually movable to operate the faucet, and a biasing element is cooperable with the actuator and valve head such that an initial movement of the actuator will automatically cause sufficient energy to be stored or loaded in the biasing element for moving the valve head to the open position but without doing so. Occurrence of a subsequent predetermined event such as a further movement of the actuator will cause the stored energy to be automatically released to rapidly or nearly instantaneously move the valve head to the open position. As a result, no instruction or skill is required to operate the faucet to uniformly dispense pressurized beverages such as draught beer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: James A. Trulaske, Stephen M. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8870024
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for gravity feeding of a dispensable product includes containing means and dispensing means. The containing means is adapted to contain the dispensable product and is operatively connected to the dispensing means whereby the dispensing means includes a chute means. Rotation of the chute means can cause the dispensable product to be able to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Durapod Systems Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Antonio Dos Santos Mendes, Kenneth Christie Hargraves
  • Patent number: 8869980
    Abstract: A container for snus comprising a compartment and a cover enclosing said compartment, the cover having a hinge line extending thereacross to divide said cover into a push section and a hinge section, wherein the hinge section is rotatable relative to the push section about the hinge line and the push section is pivotally mounted to the compartment such that, when a user urges the push section into the compartment, the hinge section acts on a fulcrum portion and is urged to rotate about the hinge line relative to the push section to move the hinge section from a closed position to an open position and allow access to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fielder & Lundgren AB
    Inventor: Adam Berggren
  • 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: 8827117
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser includes a pressing unit is pivotably connected to a base received in a body. A guiding tube in communication with a container is movably connected to an engagement cap. An inner tube includes a passage in communication with a passage of an outer tube. The inner tube further includes at least one hole in communication with the passage of the inner tube and a passage of the guiding tube. A mouth includes a tube and an end cap having an aperture. The tube includes two rods movably engaged in two sliding grooves of the pressing unit. The tube is coupled to the outer tube, with the aperture of the end cap in communication with the passage of the outer tube. When the pressing unit is pressed, the transverse rods are driven by the sliding grooves to move upward, causing dispensation of a fluid via the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yung-Wei Ho
  • Patent number: 8777067
    Abstract: The beverage dispensing system includes a dispensing faucet defining a flow path, a valve head in the flow path movable between a closed position in sealed contact with a valve seat, and an open position. An actuator is manually movable to operate the faucet, and a biasing element is cooperable with the actuator and valve head such that an initial movement of the actuator will automatically cause sufficient energy to be stored or loaded in the biasing element for moving the valve head to the open position but without doing so. Occurrence of a subsequent predetermined event such as a further movement of the actuator will cause the stored energy to be automatically released to rapidly or nearly instantaneously move the valve head to the open position. As a result, no instruction or skill is required to operate the faucet to uniformly dispense pressurized beverages such as draught beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: James A. Trulaske, Stephen M. Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20140117055
    Abstract: A dispenser according to one example includes a container portion, a collar base portion and a lever portion. The container portion includes a sidewall, a bottom surface, a hollow interior and an open top. The open top includes an upwardly extending neck. The collar base portion includes a neck receiving recess defined therein, a flow aperture defined therein, a receiving cavity defined therein, a dispensing edge defined in a forward portion thereof, an upwardly extending first pivot member, and a handle portion extending from a rearward portion thereof. The lever portion includes an elongated body having a top surface, a bottom surface, a dispensing end and an actuating end. The lever portion defines a cutoff edge adjacent the dispensing end, a second pivot member extending downwardly from the lower surface, and a biasing member extending generally downwardly from the bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SERVICE IDEAS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Peterson, Scott A. Olson, Bob G. Fehr, Aaron J. Munsinger, Gregory D. Poul, Jacob W. Bump, Kenneth V. Bakken
  • Patent number: 8695857
    Abstract: An object is to provide a cap that can be flexibly designed, such as a cap that can be prevented or reduced from being increased in volume when the lid member has been attached to the cap body, while at the same time providing a capability to increase the distance between the lid member and the cap body when the elastic member has been restored, as well as providing a container equipped with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Hamamoto, Hideo Nishikura
  • Patent number: 8636176
    Abstract: A two-piece pinch valve is disclosed. A first piece or part of the valve is fixedly installed into a dispensing cabinet. A second piece or part having a movable pinch bar that pinches and un-pinches a tube is installable into and removable from the first piece by hand. Removal of the second piece from the first pieces allows a tube to be directly installed into the pinch valve. Installation of the second piece into the first piece configures the valve for operation. The second piece is installed into slots in the first piece. The slots and engaging protuberances on the second piece enable the second piece to be locked in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Prince Castle, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Otto Malin, Jerry Tauer, Loren Veltrop
  • Patent number: 8616416
    Abstract: A delivery head and a delivery device having a delivery head, wherein a pivotable actuating element is provided in order to open an outlet valve when the delivery head is actuated. The actuating element is provided with a valve element in order to forcibly open the outlet valve by pivoting the actuating element and/or to move the valve element on a circular path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar Dortmund GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Jordan
  • Patent number: 8464895
    Abstract: A drinking vessel and lid assembly that is adapted for selectively opening an open end of the drinking vessel. The lid is selectively couplable to the drinking vessel and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the drinking vessel and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the drinking vessel at a location where a user normally grasps the drinking vessel. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the stopper using a single hand operation without the need to remove the lid from the drinking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 8453870
    Abstract: A device by a drinking cup (1) comprising a container (2) and a valve element (4), the valve element (4) being provided with, on at least a portion of its free edge portion (12), an abutment (14) for a sealing, actuable gasket (8), and wherein a user's lip is resting against the gasket (8) when the drinking cup (1) is in its operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Anne May Berg, Heidi Berg
  • Publication number: 20130098949
    Abstract: An ice chute arrangement that includes a fixed frame adjacent to an ice passageway. A flap is pivotal upon the frame between a first flap position and a second flap position. The flap blocks the ice passageway when the flap is in the first position, reveals the passageway when the flap is in the second position and transitions through an intermediate position. The arrangement includes a paddle pivotal upon the frame between a first position and a second position. The paddle causes the flap to pivot from the first position to the second position as the paddle pivots from the first position to the second position. The arrangement includes a first spring that biases the flap toward the first flap position while the flap is in the first flap position and biases the flap toward the second flap position while the flap is in the second flap position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: EMZ-HANAUER GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Matthias Bauer, Christian Rittner
  • Publication number: 20130082075
    Abstract: The beverage dispensing system includes a dispensing faucet defining a flow path, a valve head in the flow path movable between a closed position in sealed contact with a valve seat, and an open position. An actuator is manually movable to operate the faucet, and a biasing element is cooperable with the actuator and valve head such that an initial movement of the actuator will automatically cause sufficient energy to be stored or loaded in the biasing element for moving the valve head to the open position but without doing so. Occurrence of a subsequent predetermined event such as a further movement of the actuator will cause the stored energy to be automatically released to rapidly or nearly instantaneously move the valve head to the open position. As a result, no instruction or skill is required to operate the faucet to uniformly dispense pressurized beverages such as draught beer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: James A. Trulaske, Stephen M. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8272525
    Abstract: A lip-openable lid is provided for use in connection with a container or container cap having a valve seat and an opening for egress of container contents. A lip-openable container is also provided that employs the lip-openable lid. The lid is comprised of a gasket with a lip-engageable annular wall, a central portion radially inward of the wall, and a peripheral flange that is engageable with the valve seat. The lid includes a rigid support that has liquid flow openings, supports the central portion of the gasket and positions the gasket against the valve seat. The lid can also include means for securing the gasket to the support. The central portion of the gasket is comprised of a flexible elastomer and is capable of flexing and stretching to displace the flange from the valve seat when downward pressure is applied against the gasket. When downward pressure is applied, the central portion of the gasket contacts the rigid support and flexes and stretches downward from and/or over the rigid support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D La Torre, Joseph P Sejnowski, Aidan J Petrie, Richard S Chomik
  • Patent number: 8240522
    Abstract: A dispensing head incorporates multiple constant flow valves for controlling the flow of multiple liquids, e.g., syrup and carbonated water fed to a dispensing nozzle. The valves are normally closed and are opened by inlet pressures above selected threshold levels. Once open, the valves maintain the liquid flows at substantially constant flow rates and pressures, irrespective of variations of liquid input pressures and viscosities. A closure mechanism serves to close the valves at inlet pressures both above and below the threshold levels. The closure mechanism may be deactivated to simultaneously allow the valves to assume their modulating functions at inlet pressures above the threshold levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Global Agricultural Technology & Engineering LLC
    Inventors: John R. Newton, Michael E. Cheney, Peter J. Brooke
  • Publication number: 20110240684
    Abstract: The beverage dispensing spigot comprises a rigid first conduit that communicates with the interior of the container, pipe, or manifold to which the spigot is attached. The first conduit communicates with a flexible second conduit internal to the body of the spigot. The flow of liquid through the flexible second conduit is regulated by the position of two opposing flanges, one of which is attached to the rigid body of the spigot and the other to a moveable actuator lever. The actuator lever is biased to a closed position by an elastomeric closure, and can be pushed to the open position by a user pushing on the portion of the lever that extends below the spigot. When a user pushes a cup or personal beverage container against the actuator lever, the moveable flange separates from the fixed flange, allowing the flexible second conduit to open and liquid to flow into a rigid third conduit that smoothes and straightens the flow and directs it into the cup or personal beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Craig McSavaney
  • Publication number: 20110101039
    Abstract: A machine (1) for making and dispensing iced food products such as granitas, sorbets and the like, comprises at least one tank (3) for containing and processing the product to be dispensed, a tap (4) comprising a pipe (8) for dispensing the iced product and mounted on the wall (6), a control unit (13) for mounting a plug (11) used to open and close the pipe (8). Means are provided for disengaging the control unit (13) from the wall (6) to allow the pipe (8) and the component parts of the control unit (13) itself to be cleaned and washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: CARPIGIANI GROUP - ALI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Vicente ESCRIVA ESTRUCH
  • Publication number: 20110062190
    Abstract: A dispensing actuator locking assembly for a bulk inventory dispenser. The dispenser comprises a housing, a lockable dispensing actuator pivotally connected to the housing, and a gate connected to the dispensing actuator and adapted to pivot between a closed position and an open position when a receptacle is properly staged beneath the dispenser. When properly staged, a receptacle urges a locking member to disengage the dispensing actuator thereby unlocking it. When the dispensing actuator is in an unlocked condition stored inventory is selectively dispenses through an opening in the housing. The dispensing actuator cannot be accidentally actuated unless and until the locking assembly is purposefully disengaged by the user of the dispenser when a receptacle is in place to catch and store the dispensed inventory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: TRADE FIXTURES, LLC
    Inventors: SCOTT JOHNSON, RONALD BRUNDICK
  • Patent number: 7874457
    Abstract: A portable ice bucket apparatus for storing and dispensing ice includes: (a) an upper bucket portion including an insulated bucket with an opening at the top of the bucket and an ice body chute opening in a bottom wall of the bucket; (b) a motorless lower stand portion, the upper bucket portion being detachably attachable to the stand portion; (c) a dispensing mechanism including a movable gate flap within the bucket portion, a spring-loaded lever, and a gate shaft and a dispensing lever within the stand portion, the dispensing lever being coupled to the gate shaft, the gate shaft being coupled to the spring-loaded lever, the gate shaft being coupled with the gate flap; and (d) a water drainage and collection mechanism including a reservoir in the stand portion, and preferably a drain valve; wherein the movable gate flap in a closed position substantially covers the ice body chute opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventors: Charles L. Sowers, William Frank Buckminster
  • Publication number: 20100213221
    Abstract: A closure is provided that is configured to fit over a mouth of a receptacle to form a container. The closure includes a body portion having an open bottom formed of a skirt that defines an outer periphery of the body portion and an end wall defining at least one dispensing aperture. The closure also includes a member supported at the end wall. The member has a flap configured for pivotal movement and a user interface configured for sliding movement. The sliding movement of the user interface causes the pivotal movement of the flap. The closure further includes a retaining member coupled to the body portion for securing the member to the body portion. The retaining member at least partially covers the flap and the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 7780046
    Abstract: A closure for closing an opening of a container to enable dispensing of material from or inserting material into the container. The closure includes a lid and a pivotable member adjacent to the lid. The lid is configured to completely cover the opening of the container. The pivotable member is positioned in the interior of the container when the container is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: John P. Lowe
  • Publication number: 20100206914
    Abstract: There are provided a system and a method for implementing a normally-closed but openable closure device (20) for a fluid-retaining container (10) having a container orifice (11). The closure device prevents unintentional spilling of substance out of an opening, which is disposed in fluid communication with the orifice, by urging a lid (32) to seal the opening closed. For retrieval of substance out of the container, a member of a flow control implement, such as pertaining to a faucet (60) for example, is introduced into the closure device. The introduction of the implement forces the lid open, and allows retrieval of substance out of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: SPOUTLOCK LTD.
    Inventor: Av Doron
  • Patent number: 7735698
    Abstract: A no-drip carafe (10) is taught that is used for storing and serving a hot or cold beverage, which incorporates a vacuum insulated bottle (20) with a lid (30) engaging the top of the bottle. The lid incorporates a pouring spout (34) with a liquid cavity (36) running completely through and also an integral handle for convenience in handling. A spring loaded lever (56) pivotally snaps into the lid with the lever having an integral downwardly projecting plug finger (58) that engages and completely obstructs the liquid cavity when at rest. When the lever is manually depressed the plug finger is pivoted away from the liquid cavity permitting the beverage to flow freely and when released the integral downwardly projecting plug finger seals the cavity in a no-drip manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Publication number: 20090107166
    Abstract: A portable ice bucket apparatus for storing and dispensing ice includes: (a) an upper bucket portion including an insulated bucket with an opening at the top of the bucket and an ice body chute opening in a bottom wall of the bucket; (b) a motorless lower stand portion, the upper bucket portion being detachably attachable to the stand portion; (c) a dispensing mechanism including a movable gate flap within the bucket portion, a spring-loaded lever, and a gate shaft and a dispensing lever within the stand portion, the dispensing lever being coupled to the gate shaft, the gate shaft being coupled to the spring-loaded lever, the gate shaft being coupled with the gate flap; and (d) a water drainage and collection mechanism including a reservoir in the stand portion, and preferably a drain valve; wherein the movable gate flap in a closed position substantially covers the ice body chute opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Charles L. Sowers, William Frank Buckminster
  • Patent number: 7506656
    Abstract: A dispenser of washing agents for a household washing machine, in particular a dish-washer, comprises a body (2), at least one compartment (6) for containing a washing agent, and a lid (7), which may be tipped over or turned about a first axis of rotation (8) between a position of closing and a respective first position of at least partial opening of the compartment (6), so as to enable delivery of the washing agent. According to the invention, there are envisaged articulation means (4), which are interconnected between the body (2) and the lid (7) and are operative for enabling the latter to turn about a second axis of rotation (5) between said closing position and a respective second position of at least partial opening of the compartment (6) so as to enable charging in the latter of the washing agent to be delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Eltek S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Cerruti
  • Publication number: 20080197156
    Abstract: A tap adapter (38) for use in dispensing an alcohol beverage from a container (22) has a shoulder (152), a support arm (150), a dispensing tube, a flow restricting actuator (200), and a switch (300). The dispensing tube is supported by the support arm and provides a beverage flow passageway for dispensing beverage from the container. The dispensing tube has at least a flexible wall portion (86). The flow restricting actuator is pivotally attached to the shoulder and moves between a first position remote of the dispensing tube and a second locked position to partially collapse the flexible wall portion and restrict flow of beverage through the passageway. The switch, when actuated by a user, releases the flow restricting actuator from the second locked position. The switch of the tap adapter facilitates disconnection of the dispensing tube from a spent container and the changing of the dispensing tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: INBEV S.A.
    Inventors: Albert Wauters, Ian Anderson
  • Publication number: 20080099514
    Abstract: A pourer (10) couplable to an opening (12) of a container (14). The pourer (10) includes a spout (20), which has an outlet passage (22) for discharging liquid from the container (14) and a breather passage (24) for intake of air into the container (14). At least a portion of the spout (20) being deformable, and the outlet passage (22) and breather passage (24) co-extending through the deformable portion. A closure device (34) is used to selectively clamp the deformable portion of the spout (20), thereby closing the spout (20) by constricting both passages (22, 24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Carter, Glenn Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7322493
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a container comprising a closure body adapted to be mounted on the container. The closure body has a dispensing orifice and a sealing cap. A pair of adjacently spaced living hinges connect the sealing cap to the closure body for movement between an open and a closed position. The closure body and sealing cap have sealing elements that provide a complete peripheral seal between the sealing cap and the closure body when in the closed position. The sealing cap has a camming lug located between the living hinges, and contacting the sealing elements on the closure body without impairing the integrity of the sealing elements, and further provides a snap-action to the movement of the sealing cap from the open to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford Skillin
  • Patent number: 7314150
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a container includes a closure body, a cap and a hinge body joining the cap to the body. The closure body includes an upper wall having an orifice and further includes an upper skirt depending from the upper wall, and a lower skirt depending from the upper skirt. The lower skirt has a diameter larger than the upper skirt. The cap has an upper wall and a wall flange depending therefrom. A first living hinge joins a first end of the hinge body to the lower skirt. The hinge body is movable from an open position to a closed position in mating relation with the upper skirt. The hinge body and upper skirt are formed with complementary surfaces to provide a flush outer surface contour when mated together. The hinge body and upper skirt further include mating formations to secure the hinge body with the upper skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford W. Skillin
  • Patent number: 7303100
    Abstract: A kettle for heating water or other liquid has a lid and lid actuator to move the lid between open and closed positions. The lid actuator may be connected to the container and movable relative to the opening about a pivot that is below a pivot about which the lid may move between the closed and open positions. The lid actuator may also lock the lid in position, such as in the open or closed position. The lid and lid actuator may also be arranged for movement independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: WKI Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Palm, James Wilson, John Costello, Richard G. Groth
  • Patent number: 7293676
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus comprising a spout and a spigot. The spout includes a tubular member. The tubular member includes a first end, a second end, an inside surface and an opening extending transversely through the tubular member between the first and second end thereof. The tubular member defines a cavity capable of receiving a flowable material therein. The spigot is attached to the inside surface of the tubular member. The spigot includes a peripheral wall, a transverse wall and a handle. The peripheral wall includes an outer surface positionable over the opening. The transverse wall is coupled to the peripheral wall. The peripheral wall and the transverse wall cooperating to substantially seal the first end of the tubular member and the opening from the cavity of the tubular member. The handle is associated with at least one of the peripheral wall and the transverse wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: Lee Liston, Robbie Wells
  • Patent number: 7152273
    Abstract: Floor cleaning apparatus (10) comprises a dispenser (50) for dispensing particulate cleaning material onto a floor surface. Particulate material is held in a hopper (52). Movable part (70, 71) is movable with respect to the hopper (52) to define a dispensing aperture (75) and for imparting movement to particulate material in the hopper towards the dispensing aperture (75). Adjustment means (80) are provided for adjusting the operational width of the dispensing aperture (75) so as to provide a range of dispensing settings. Adjustment means (80) is pivotally mounted to the movable part (70, 71) about a rotational axis (82) and has an outer surface which acts as a camming surface. The radius of the outer surface varies in value in different angular directions about the rotational axis (82). Adjustment means (82) provides a discrete set of different spacings between the cam (40) and movable part (71).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Dyson Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 7100806
    Abstract: A condiment shaker includes a flip top lid having pins configured to travel through dispensing openings in the shaker top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Sure Shake, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher John Schuster, Daniel J. Reed
  • Patent number: 6993807
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing particulate cleaning material onto a floor surface includes a hopper holding the particulate material and a dispensing aperture extending across the hopper through which the material may be dispensed. A separator, which may for example be a wire, is located adjacent the dispensing aperture for separating the particulate cleaning material at the aperture. The wire helps to break up clumps of particulate cleaning material which may form. In use, a plate is vibrated to impart motion to the particulate material in the hopper. The wire can be carried by the plate or by the hopper and is preferably held under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 6964353
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing ice melting chemicals directly into roof gutters comprises a linearly elongated pole having two cushioned grips for comfortable holding. At the upper end of the pole, a guide hook is provided which hooks over the edge of the gutter, and properly positions a container filled with calcium chloride or other safe ice-melting chemical directly over the gutter. A lever at the bottom handle opens a release gate on the chemical container allowing a small amount of the chemical to be released into the gutter. Should the chemical clog and not be released, a separate hammer may be activated by a hammer lever to tap the chemical container and aid in the chemical release. The user would release approximately eight to twelve ounces of chemical every four to five feet along the gutter to aid in ice melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Michael R. Lamerson
  • Patent number: 6877645
    Abstract: A container for dispensing comestibles, such as a dry cereal dispenser, is provided that is generally designed to be capable of being fully cleaned and sanitized in order to avoid exposing the comestibles to contamination. In this regard, the various components of the container, such as the handle, the lid and the bottom closure, are advantageously mounted to the vessel such that the inner surface of the vessel with which the comestible is in contact is smooth and uninterrupted and, therefore, capable of being thoroughly cleaned. By including a removable bottom closure, the container may capable of being refilled through the bottom, opposite the open top through which the comestible is dispensed, to prevent stagnation of the comestible in lower portions of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Six Continents Hotels, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward E. Barker, III, Thomas L. Bussiere, Mark A. Dark, Stephen C. Dunn
  • Patent number: 6868994
    Abstract: A liquid-dispensing faucet includes a mounting fitting that defines a first flow passage and that is adapted for connection to an associated container with the first flow passage in communication with an internal space of the container. The mounting fitting comprises a valve seat. A body is connected to the mounting fitting. The body defines an inlet, an outlet and a second flow passage that fluidically interconnects the inlet and the outlet. A seal member is connected to the body and is selectively movable between a first operative position and second operative position. The seal member sealingly mates with the valve seat to block the first flow passage when the seal member is in the first operative position. An actuator is operably coupled to the seal member for moving the seal member from the first operative position to the second operative position. In this manner, the valve seat is provided in the mounting fitting rather than as a part of the faucet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventor: Raymond P. Kawolics
  • Patent number: 6851585
    Abstract: A valve particularly suitable for use on disposable containers has a valve head on a flexible membrane. A simple lever moves the valve head to open the valve and deform the membrane. The shape of the membrane returns the valve head to a closed position upon release of the lever. Structure for restricting movement is provided for preventing excessive deflection of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Wrigley
  • Patent number: 6834780
    Abstract: An improved dispenser for pastes is disclosed comprising a variable volume paste chamber, a dispenser nozzle communicating with the chamber for dispensing paste, a displaceable element displaced by room pressure, as a result of a reduced pressure in the paste chamber, an actuating member, accessible from outside the container and displaceable from an inactive to an active position, an elastic element, a means for applying a force to the elastic element in such a way as to reduce the volume of the chamber, thereby causing said paste to be dispensed through said dispenser nozzle, when said actuating member is displaced from the inactive to the active position, a kinematism for kinematically connecting the actuating member to the means for applying a force to the elastic element when the actuating member is displaced to its active position, and for allowing the elastic element elastically to return to its base configuration when the actuating member is returned to its inactive position, and a support means for h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Eli Levy