For Elements Reciprocable Axially Of Discharge Opening Patents (Class 222/518)
  • Patent number: 10526189
    Abstract: A liquid and semi-liquid product dispenser that improves gravity dispensing of product by using a product bottle that slopes downwards towards the feed valve when the bottle is placed for dispensing. This includes a long sloped portion that extends downwards from the rear of the bottle to the front of the bottle, and a curved and sloped portion proximate to the valve. These slopes feed product to the valve under the force of gravity when the valve is opened. Installation of product bottles is aided by an interior design of the dispenser case that mirrors the bottles contours and ensures that the bottle is positioned for use when placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Grabas Limited
    Inventor: Michael J. Grause, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10383502
    Abstract: The spray mop includes a handle having a mop head at its lower end and a grip at its upper end. The mop includes a receiver adapted to hold an inverted bottle of cleaning solution, as sold at retail with an attached sprayer. The mop includes an adapter that is screwed onto the bottle of cleaning solution after the original sprayer is removed, whereby the bottle of cleaning solution can be inverted and inserted into the receiver. A spring-loaded retainer securely holds the bottle of cleaning solution in the receiver so that if the mop is dropped, inverted, or bumped there will be no leakage, while a trigger on a handgrip at the upper portion of the mop handle activates a valve in the adapter whereby cleaning solution is dispensed through a spray nozzle at the lower portion of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph A. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 9980621
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser having a liquid release bottle with suction bellows which is incorporated into a flat mop. This embodiment includes an exterior wall, an interior chamber surrounded by an exterior wall and a cap on the liquid intake member. The exterior wall includes a suction bellows to create a suction within the interior chamber of the liquid release bottle. A downward force on the handle activates a suction bellows to create a suction on the interior chamber of the liquid release bottle enabling fluid retained in the interior chamber to flow out of a duck-bill valve and into flexible tubing which will then flow through the tubing and out an opening of a yoke so that the fluid can flow onto a front of a scrubbing portion of the mop to facilitate cleaning. An alternative embodiment replaces the liquid release bottle with a liquid squeeze bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, Robert A. Acosta
  • Patent number: 9902191
    Abstract: A fountain pen comprising: an elongate hollow body defining an inner chamber designed to receive an ink container; a nib disposed at a first end of the hollow body; and a connection part connecting the inner chamber to the nib and defining an ink flow passage extending along a longitudinal axis (XX), the connection part comprising a valve opening and closing the ink flow passage, designed to selectively open and close the ink flow passage. The connection part comprises a striker interposed between the valve and the inner chamber and designed to engage with the ink container and allow a flow of ink between the ink reservoir and the nib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER
    Inventors: Vincent Prigent, Jean Roptin, Christophe Turco, Luca Aquafresca, Gianluca Malaguti
  • Patent number: 9233783
    Abstract: A stored liquid dispensing applicator includes a valving arrangement formed of a valve seat and a spring-driven shuttle that is disposed for axial displacement into and out of valve-defining abutment and engagement with the valve seat. The shuttle is displaceable between distal and proximal limits of travel that include a first position defining the distal limit and a second position proximally spaced from the distal limit and distally spaced from the proximal limit. The valve seat is arranged for contact with the shuttle uninterruptedly between the first and second positions to close the valve, and for spaced apart relation with the shuttle between the second position and the proximal limit of travel to open the valve for dispensing of stored liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Dab-O-Matic Holdings Company
    Inventors: James Bell, Scott Bell
  • Patent number: 9022257
    Abstract: A pour spout has a bottle adapter for insertion into a mouth of a bottle. A housing has a chamber into which a housing inlet and a housing outlet open with the housing inlet connected to the bottle adapter for receiving beverage from the bottle. A valve carriage is movable within the chamber and has a carriage inlet in fluid communication with a carriage outlet. A resilient first tube provides a first beverage passageway between the housing inlet and the carriage inlet. A resilient second tube provides a second beverage passageway between carriage outlet and the housing outlet. The first or second tube has a valve seat that is engaged and disengaged by a plunger on the valve carriage as the valve carriage moves within the chamber. A valve actuator moves the valve carriage in response to signal from a control circuit that receives a wireless command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Berg Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Keating, Donald R. Lamond, Ronald F. Faust, Thomas E. Giles, Albert H. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 9004320
    Abstract: A pour spout for dispensing a beverage from a bottle including a bottle adapter for attaching to a bottle to receive a beverage from the bottle, a housing having a chamber into which a housing inlet and a housing outlet open, the housing inlet connected to the bottle adapter for receiving the beverage, a valve carriage moveably received within the chamber and having a carriage passage, a resilient first tube providing a first passageway for beverage to flow from the housing inlet to the carriage passage, a resilient second tube providing a second passageway for beverage to flow from the carriage passage to the housing outlet, a valve operatively connected to the valve carriage to control flow of the beverage through the housing from the housing inlet to the housing outlet; and a valve actuator for moving the valve carriage within the chamber to operate the valve open or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Berg Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Keating, Donald R. Lamond, Ronald F. Faust, Thomas E. Giles, Albert H. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8985390
    Abstract: A composition dispensing apparatus which can deliver an repeatable and accurate unit dose of a composition including: a compressible container; a unit dose delivery system comprising an entry element, an exit element, side walls and a dosage chamber; a dispensing aperture; wherein the linear movement ratio of the exit element to the entry element is about 1 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Sean Donald Riggenbach
  • Patent number: 8955723
    Abstract: Applicants' invention may retrofit or may be provided initially with a dispensing valve and comprises a second handle, interacting with a valve and/or a valve first handle for dispensing a beverage from the valve. Applicants' invention comprises a valve body typically having at least a pair of handles, one typically upstanding and one downwardly depending both which separately may be moved to actuate the dispensing mechanism within the valve to dispense a beverage therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Minica, David Santy
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140217129
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly which provides an extremely secure seal against accidental liquid flow from the cup spout. An initially blocked opening in a flexible material moves up along a protruding member until the opening is unblocked, so as to allow fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: LUV N' CARE, LTD.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 8783521
    Abstract: A flexible and restorable container main body for housing a medicinal solution. A stopper member is fixed in an inside of a medicinal solution passage that communicates with the container main body for discharging the medicinal solution when the container main body is pressed and deformed. A pressure valve is arranged in the medicinal solution passage at a downstream side in the medicinal solution discharge direction further than the stopper member and is formed with an opening having a circular cross section which contacts a tip portion of the stopper member. A biasing member is provided at a downstream side for biasing the pressure valve in a direction opposite to the medicinal solution discharge direction by abutting against a peripheral portion of the opening of the pressure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ishikawa, Yuji Sugahara, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Shintaro Adachi, Yusuke Ogawa, Kousuke Toujou, Yoshiteru Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20140183230
    Abstract: A metering end cap provided to the neck of a flexible container containing a fluid and intended to transfer, at will, an amount of fluid from an upstream space towards a downstream space, this end cap including a chamber in which is disposed a movable valve normally biased towards a rest position and operationally moved towards an end position. The valve isolates the upstream space and the downstream space from each other in its end position and only in this position, and the outlet of the chamber communicates with the upstream space for any position of the valve other that its end position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Wozna
  • Patent number: 8746501
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing valve includes a liquid dispensing portion with a liquid inlet, a liquid outlet, and a liquid passage communicating between the liquid inlet and liquid outlet. A valve member is mounted for movement relative to the liquid outlet between open and closed positions. An actuation portion is coupled with the liquid dispensing portion and includes an inflatable bladder structure. The inflatable bladder structure includes an interior adapted to be coupled in fluid communication with a source of positively pressurized air. The bladder structure may be expanded by the positively pressurized air to move the valve member to at least one of the open or closed positions from the other of the open or closed positions. Methods of dispensing liquid, such as hot melt adhesive, from the valve are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Joel E. Saine
  • Publication number: 20140151404
    Abstract: A vented automatic dispending cap for use with a flexible container may generally include a body and a retainer cap attached to the body. A pressure chamber is formed between the body and retainer cap. A set of resilient spring members spaced around the body holds the retainer cap against the body, which seats a valve within a dispensing hole extending through the cap. When the container is squeezed, product in the container may be forced into the pressure chamber expanding the pressure chamber and unseating the valve, thereby allowing product to exit the dispensing opening. A lip seal around the upper circumferential edge of the body prevents fluid from leaking out of the sides of the chamber but allows air to enter the chamber for venting the flexible container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Robert A. Lehmkuhl, Jeffrey A. Harding, Marc A. Briere
  • Patent number: 8708203
    Abstract: A screw-on throat plug assembly for use in a closed loop dispensing system. The throat plug assembly also includes a mechanical venting assembly which ensures that sufficient air may enter the interior of the container as liquid is being drawn from the container. The mechanical venting assembly of this invention ensures that the vent openings associated therewith will not become plugged with debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: RL Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 8668121
    Abstract: Filling device (1, 101) including a reservoir (3, 103) intended to contain liquid, a valve (4, 104) connected to the reservoir and a spout (20, 120), in which the valve has a shutter (10, 110) and a shutter seat (11), a flow circuit having a liquid inlet adjacent to the shutter seat and a liquid outlet adjacent to the spout, the liquid outlet being located lower than the liquid inlet, and an air intake circuit separate from the flow circuit, in which a pushrod (22, 122) has an upper end adjacent to the shutter. The pushrod includes a first duct (27) and a second duct (28), the air inlet circuit including the first duct, the flow circuit including the second duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Techniplast
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Lamboux
  • Patent number: 8627986
    Abstract: A device for spraying contents from a pressurized container. The device has an anti-pre-spray mechanism which prevents inadvertent actuation or spray when a new container is loaded into the device. The anti-pre-spray mechanism provides a dead band between a valve assembly in the pressurized container and an actuation mechanism. The dead band may comprise a gap, spring, etc. The actuation mechanism may be activated by the consumer at the point of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Glenn Allen Bradbury, Richard Michael Girardot
  • Patent number: 8602387
    Abstract: This invention provides a valve for a flowable material. The valve has a body defining a bore defined therein. An opening is defined in the side of the bore for material to flow from the bore. The valve also has an actuatable member which is movable along the bore to control the extent of an uncovered area of the opening defined in the bore to control the flow of material through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ITW New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Nicholson Wrigley, Yeong-Heng Koo, Matthew James Towers
  • Patent number: 8584909
    Abstract: A dispensing tap for beverages that comprises an actuator and a valve housing. A conical spring washer is joined and/or sealed to an actuator base to form the actuator. The actuator is then inserted into the valve housing to form the dispensing tap for attachment to a container containing a liquid. In use, a force is exerted on the conical spring washer to actuate the actuator base within the valve housing and thereby create an opening and/or passageway in the dispensing tap. Once opened and as the force is maintained, the liquid in the container can flow through the opening or passageway for dispensing the liquid out the dispensing tap. Upon releasing the force, the conical spring washer returns back to its original position. This movement of the conical spring washer causes the actuator base to move in the reverse direction within the valve housing thereby closing the opening and/or eliminating the passageway in the dispensing tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hoffer Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Totten, Charlotte Hoffer Canning, Charles Webster
  • Patent number: 8517229
    Abstract: A delivering tap (1), for delivering liquids from a container, comprising at least one body (3) made in a single piece and integral with at least one elastic, flexible thrusting pushbutton (17) and at least one flexible sealing lip (25), and at least one valve member (5) with integrated spring inside the body (3), the body (3) comprising at least one head (11) equipped with at least one delivering beak (12) for delivering liquids, the delivering beak (12) communicating with one and only one internal chamber (13) of the body (3) into which, during the delivery of liquid, a lower space for passing liquid (L) and an upper space for passing air (A) are naturally defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Vitop Moulding S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • Patent number: 8485397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring actuator, a measuring cap, a protective cover, a measuring unit, and a device for fixed and variable measuring and discharging of fluid from a container. The actuator being configured for detachable and movable connection to the cap and adapted for sealing off fluid when in a non-actuated state and to discharge fluid when in an actuated state, the actuator including at least two openings, a discharge opening and a fluid inflow opening; the cap-including at least three openings, a discharge opening and an actuator receiving opening and a fluid inflow opening; the measuring unit including the cap, the actuator, and a spring; the cover for protecting the measuring unit being configured for attachment to the cap and/or the measuring unit; and the measuring device including the cover, the cap, the actuator, the spring, and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Antula Healthcare AB
    Inventor: Hans Borje Hammarin
  • 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: 8464917
    Abstract: A tap with a dosing chamber for dosing liquids, in particular for dosing high and medium density liquids, including a body equipped with a connecting part to a container of liquid to be delivered through a liquid delivering passage and a valve that opens and closes the liquid delivering passage with an elastic button that actuates the valve and an air circulating tank in order to vent the liquid container when liquid is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Vitop Moulding S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • 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: 20130037583
    Abstract: Underwater drinking apparatus comprises a hollow body with a sidewall between proximal and distal ends, the proximal end of the housing including a fluid passageway functioning as a mouthpiece. A liquid-holding container removably connected to the body enables the liquid to flow from the container and into the hollow body. A piston slideably disposed in the body has a proximal end configured to seal off the fluid passageway. A spring within the body is operative to bias the piston toward the proximal end of the body to seal off the fluid passageway when not in use. The spring is preferably disposed between the distal end of the piston and an end cap threaded to the distal end of the body. A mechanism is coupled to the piston through the body providing a manually operated control enabling a user to move the piston against the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Graff
  • Publication number: 20130015212
    Abstract: The dispensing unit for a liquid container comprises an enclosure (21), an operating lever (22) externally coupled to the enclosure and movable between a closing position and an opening position and provided with a resilient member to return said operating lever from its opening position into its closing position, a dispensing spout (23) projecting from the enclosure, first and second liquid dispensing channels (24, 25) formed within the enclosure and the dispensing spout, respectively. The resilient member is a leaf spring (35) formed integrally with the operating lever and arranged to bear against the external surface of said enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: MAYEX CANADA KFT
    Inventor: István S. Lindmayer
  • Patent number: 8328053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a siphon head formed by three basic components constituted by a first part comprised by an interchangeable actuator head, a second part comprised by the safety closure of the container and a third part comprised by the valve system permitting dispensing the fluid contained into the bottle including a resilient material part constituted by a head joined to elastic memory members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Parrit S.A.
    Inventor: Esteban Eduardo Bargo
  • Patent number: 8276792
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a dispenser body which defines a flow passage, a valve assembly, and an actuator. The valve assembly is disposed in the flow passage and includes a first valve member and a second valve member. An actuator is coupled to the valve assembly. When the actuator is manipulated through a first range of motion, only the first of the two valve members is displaced, and when the actuator is manipulated through a second range of motion, both the first and second valve members are displaced in unison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J Finlay, Kenneth A Ritsher, James M Collins
  • Patent number: 8231030
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser has a container for beverage fluid that has a flat bottom that is above a space large enough to place a glass or cup. The container has a sidewall and a top edge of an open container that has a removable lid. A pair of actuator guards are on either side of a space near but below the top edge of the container where an actuator is located that projects through a notch in the top edge, plunging downwardly inside the inner wall of the container sidewall and jutting straight out to form a fork. This fork selectively holds a plunger that has a long shaft and plug that fits into a hole in the bottom wall of the container. This hole and plug form a valve. The valve can be opened when the actuator is depressed between the actuator guards towards the container's sidewall, which pivots the fork upwardly which in turn lifts the plunger and plug to open the valve for dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Food Equipment Technologies Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew G. Lassota
  • Patent number: 8220665
    Abstract: A dosing and/or dispensing system for use with a liquid container such as a bottle or the like for dosing and/or dispensing liquid contents from the bottle. The system includes an improved venting means to ensure that the liquid being dosed or dispensed properly and accurately drains. A novel throat plug assembly is provided for insertion into the throat of the bottle. The throat plug assembly is comprised entirely of a recyclable plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 8215511
    Abstract: A container lid with a latch handle is taught that incorporates a drinking lip, having a flared brim, configured to interface with a liquid container. A lip sealing ring is disposed on the drinking lip creating a watertight fit between the lip and the container. A lid body, having lid male threads, is configured to interface with container lid female threads, and the lid body includes a bottom cover which forms a dead air space for insulation purposes within the lid. The lid body incorporates a vertical arched handle with a snap-in hinged spring loaded latch for quick release attachment of the container lid and container securely to an object. A lid sealing ring is disposed on the lid body forming a watertight fit between the lid body and the container drinking lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 8196783
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a device and method for dispensing pressurized fluid from a container wherein the internal pressure of the container is not exposed to an external or ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Josef Krzecki
  • Patent number: 8181802
    Abstract: A closure device includes a base (1) and a top (23). The base (1) has an aperture (13) and the top (23) has an aperture (27). The top (23) is movable laterally relative to the base (1) between a first position in which the aperture (13) of the base and the aperture (27) of the top are not in alignment and a second position in which the apertures are in alignment. Biasing spring (22, 43) is provided with in the top so as to extend laterally between the base and the top with a free end of the biasing spring urging the top towards the first position in which the apertures (13, 27) are not in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Kul Bhushan Kaushal
  • Patent number: 8091743
    Abstract: A discharge device having a liquid outlet with a hollow interior. The valve system is located inside the hollow interior of the liquid inlet. The valve guide system has a valve guide and a first rib. The valve guide system has a valve guide having a valve guide width. The valve guide width is at less than about 1.15 mm. The first rib has a first rib width having a first rib width. The width of the first rib is less than about 2.5 mm wide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Compnay
    Inventors: Joseph Craig Lester, Julius Austria Coronel, Christopher Lawrence Smith
  • Patent number: 8091745
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable tap (1) for tapping liquid from a pressurized liquid container. Compared to prior art taps, the inventive disposable tap is modified so that it can be preferably placed in the upper area of the lateral wall of the liquid container. To this end, the tap comprises a lateral inlet opening (21) which is oriented downward when the tap is mounted and which is provided for coupling, in a sealing manner, to an ascending tube (34), and comprises elements (6, 7, 8), which control the entrance of liquid into the tap and to the outlet (of the tap hole) in an appropriate manner. The invention also relates to a liquid container with a corresponding opening (36) for and with this tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Impress Group B.V.
    Inventors: Werner Neukirch, Peter Sauer
  • Patent number: 8056771
    Abstract: A triggering and dispensing head to be mounted on a pump for a liquid product dispenser provided with an exhaust conduit wherein the head has a body provided with an ejection channel closable by a flap which has a center punch translationally displaceable in the channel and hingeable about a drive billet connected to an axial rod sliding in the exhaust conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Dispensing SMT S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Rossignol
  • Patent number: 8056761
    Abstract: A pouring device for a liquid filled container that fits into the neck of a container opening. The pouring device has a buoyant hollow ball valve that when the container or bottle is seated in its normal vertical storage position is pressed against an inner lip of the pouring device to form a seal by a spring that is seated on a distal inner lip of the pouring device. The valve opens when the container is inverted as the hollow ball valve is so buoyant that it overcomes the spring bias, thereby allowing the container's fluid contents to pour out. The hollow ball valve's movement is controlled by at least one vertical projection along the length of the pouring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Raúl Acarreta Delgado
  • Patent number: 8038035
    Abstract: A spouted container comprises a container and a vented spout that fluidly communicates with the container. The vented spout defines a fluid passageway extending therethrough and includes a conduit housing and a cover that cooperatively form a vented chamber. The vented chamber fluidly communicates with the passageway through a pair of spaced apart vent openings presented by the conduit housing. The vented chamber also fluidly communicates with ambient through a vent opening presented by the cover. The vented spout further includes a locking valve assembly that restricts inadvertent opening of the spouted container. The assembly includes a shiftable valve that normally occludes the passageway and a trigger operably coupled to the valve for opening and closing the valve. The trigger includes a catch that holds the trigger in a locked condition when the valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Blitz U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Charlie L. Forbis
  • Patent number: 8016168
    Abstract: A dispense tap for a frozen beverage machine has a transition section defining a tapered bore with an inlet for frozen beverage from a freeze barrel of the machine and an outlet for frozen beverage controlled by a valve operable by a handle. The handle is rotatable to allow frozen beverage to flow from the transition section through a dispense cavity in the valve for exiting the tap. The outlet has a cross-section greater than the cross-section of the inlet which prevents ice conglomerating and forming a plug in the bore of the transition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: IMI Vision Limited
    Inventor: Douglas P. Goulet
  • Patent number: 7997453
    Abstract: A fluid-pumping-dispenser that is composed of a pump-tube of tubular shape, and provided on one end of a plug to close and open an outlet from a container. The other side of the pump-tube is mounted on either a housing with a valve-rod, or a front-valve with an adapter will prevent the fluid from returning back to the pump-tube. To provide the power an actuator is provided that will pinch the pump-tube, and will the help of the valves described will pump fluids from a container through the pump-tube and to the outside by the nozzle on the housing. To complete the assembly a container is provided with a piston to store the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Yuri Gallegos
  • Patent number: 7997461
    Abstract: A gravity discharge device for liquids, especially concentrated liquid detergents, comprises a valve guide system whose surface area optimizes liquid flow. The discharge is especially useful with concentrated (“2×”) liquid detergents, whose viscosities tend to unacceptably slow their flow rate from home-use containers, especially when the containers progressively empty after multiple uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joseph Craig Lester, Julius Austria Coronel, Christopher Lawrence Smith
  • Publication number: 20110174842
    Abstract: A delivering tap (1) is described, for delivering liquids from a container, comprising at least one body (3) made in a single piece and integral with at least one elastic, flexible thrusting pushbutton (17) and at least one flexible sealing lip (25), and at least one valve member (5) with integrated spring inside the body (3), the body (3) comprising at least one head (11) equipped with at least one delivering beak (12) for delivering liquids, the delivering beak (12) communicating with one and only internal chamber (13) of the body (3) into which during the delivery of liquid a lower space for passing liquid (L) and an upper space for passing air (A) are naturally defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: VITOP MOULDING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • Patent number: 7967172
    Abstract: A dispenser for a container has an annular ring with a central portion which has at least one aperture. The annular ring is attached to a valve dimensioned to close an opening of the dispenser. The valve is operatively associated with the opening and biased in the closed position. Depressing the annular ring acts as an actuator to cause the valve to move inwardly into the container and away from the opening, thereby allowing the contents to be dispensed from the container through the at least one aperture of the annular ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Gary J. Albaum
  • Publication number: 20110095057
    Abstract: A draw-off valve for a drinks reservoir and a drinks reservoir provided with a draw-off valve of this type. The draw-off valve comprises a tubular body, a plunger member, and a spring member. Viewed in the direction of passage, the channel narrows, at an internal narrowing, from a first internal cross section to a second internal cross section; the narrowing forms a seat for the underside, facing the outlet, of the head. The spring member acts with bias, on the one hand, on the tubular body and, on the other hand, on the plunger in order to press the underside of the head against the seat. The seat and the underside of the head are formed in such a way that, when positioned against each other under the influence of the biasing of the spring member, they form a sealing closure of the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: BRAVILOR HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Maximiliaan Noordanus, Eric Michael Cornelis Maria van Eijnatten
  • Publication number: 20110042421
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser includes an outer tube (2) with a discharge opening formed in its side wall and an inner tube (4), which is at least partially accommodated within the outer tube and defines with it an annular space, which accommodates an annular sealing member (20), which forms a peripheral seal with the inner and outer tubes. The other end of the outer tube is adapted for connection to a liquid container. A liquid flow opening (30) is formed in the wall of the inner tube and the inner tube is movable longitudinally within the outer tube between an open position, in which the liquid flow opening communicates with the discharge opening (14), and a closed position, in which the liquid flow path is sealed. An air flow passage with two ends is formed in the inner tube, which is so arranged that when the inner tube is in the open position one of the ends communicates with the discharge opening and the air flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Publication number: 20110042420
    Abstract: A dispensing tap for beverages that comprises an actuator and a valve housing. A conical spring washer is joined and/or sealed to an actuator base to form the actuator. The actuator is then inserted into the valve housing to form the dispensing tap for attachment to a container containing a liquid. In use, a force is exerted on the conical spring washer to actuate the actuator base within the valve housing and thereby create an opening and/or passageway in the dispensing tap. Once opened and as the force is maintained, the liquid in the container can flow through the opening or passageway for dispensing the liquid out the dispensing tap. Upon releasing the force, the conical spring washer returns back to its original position. This movement of the conical spring washer causes the actuator base to move in the reverse direction within the valve housing thereby closing the opening and/or eliminating the passageway in the dispensing tap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin Totten, Charlotte Hoffer Canning, Charles Webster
  • Patent number: 7886942
    Abstract: A valve for a liquid dispensing system includes a casing having an interior sidewall. A hollow dispensing pin is positioned within the casing. The dispensing pin has a first end, a second end, an exterior surface, and an interior flow passage. At least one radial dispensing passage extends from the interior flow passage through to the exterior surface at the first end of the dispensing pin. A first plunger is disposed between the interior sidewall of the casing and the exterior surface of the dispensing pin. The first plunger engages both the interior surface of the casing and the exterior surface of the dispensing pin. The first plunger is movable between a closed position blocking any flow through the at least one radial dispensing passage and an open position toward the second end of the dispensing pin spaced from the at least one radial dispensing passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventors: Lucien Dnestrianschii, Kelly George Almond
  • Publication number: 20110017782
    Abstract: A tap (1) with a dosing chamber for dosing liquids, in particular for dosing high- and medium-density liquids, comprising: a body (3) equipped with a connecting part (40) to a container of liquid to be delivered and a liquid delivering passage (5, 22); valve means (9) that open and close the liquid delivering passage (5, 22); elastic means (11) that actuate said valve means (9) and air circulating means (52, 90) in order to vent the liquid container when liquid is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: VITOP MOULDING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • Patent number: 7854355
    Abstract: A pump for dispensing a liquid contained in a bottle including a shrunk-fit section including an orifice for communicating with the liquid, a pushbutton including an orifice for ejecting the liquid, a dosing sleeve integrating a needle for plugging the ejection orifice and a device for bi-directional movement of the needle, a dosing piston including a channel equipped with a closing valve for the orifice, the piston being mounted in translation, in a leak-tight manner, inside the shrunk-fit section, between an open position and a closed position of the orifice, by means of the valve, an actuating member integral with the device for moving the needle and slidably mounted inside the dosing piston, by pressing on the pushbutton, the sliding assembly being set up to actuate the moving device and to position the valve in closed position so as to enable ejection of the liquid from the dosing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Rexam Dispensing SMT S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Rossignol