Foldable, Bendable, Collapsible Or Flexible Patents (Class 222/527)
  • Patent number: 10717566
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns an erecting spout cap for pouring liquid from containers without removal of the cap itself. The erecting spout cap comprises a lever in the outer lining of the cap embodiment, a memory recoil tongue, and a spout embedded in the casing of the cap, wherein relieving the use of two hands to open and close liquid containers. The lever is engaged with one finger which slides the seal of the cap open. The inner annular wall comprises a concave means to align the erecting spout cap with a stopper material. The serving spout comprises a type of “funnel” to precede passing liquid. An erecting and auto-retracting spout in a closure article thus secures liquid contents from foreign objects and provides a direct and accurate pour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Johnathan James Williams
  • Patent number: 10434259
    Abstract: A syringe device includes a syringe body; a first space defined inside the syringe body; a plunger body being slidable inside the syringe body and varies the volume of the first space; a second space defined inside the plunger body; a plunger rod being slidable inside the plunger body and varies the volume of the second space; a coil spring that urges the plunger rod in a direction expanding the volume of the second space; a first communication passage and a second communication passage that communicate the first space with the second space; and a check valve member that forms an orifice that restricts the flow of a fluid between the first space and the second space in the first communication passage, and a check valve that allows only the flow of the fluid from the second space to the first space in the second communication passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Toshiharu Kuwae
  • Patent number: 9610827
    Abstract: A fragrance apparatus for distributing fragrance in a vehicle includes a connecting adapter for connecting a fragrance container to a fragrance emitter device. The connecting adapter includes a fixed component, a movable component, and springs connected between the fixed component and the movable component. The movable component is pivotable with respect to the fixed component through the springs to compensate for any angular misalignment between the movable component and the fragrance container when the movable component is attached to the fragrance container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Tobias Hafner
  • Patent number: 9376249
    Abstract: A package having a sanitary dispenser is depicted and described. The package generally includes a dispenser that is sealed from environmental contaminants by a feature or portion of the package. The sealed dispenser portion of the package is accessed prior to use and the user is able to access the contents of the package through the sanitary dispenser. The dispenser may be inverted prior to use and deployed prior to use. A frangible portion may be provided to the dispenser. The dispenser may be re-sealable in the package. A straw may further be provided to the dispenser and be deployable by the user for access to the package contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Steele, Greg Melchoir
  • Patent number: 9335088
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a dispenser includes a cavity positioned on a front surface of a door of a refrigerator defining a predetermined space, a guide positioned at an upper portion of the cavity, a grip unit coupled to the guide and allowed to slide downward from the guide, and a water retrieval part provided at the grip unit. The grip unit of the dispenser installed on the front surface of the door of the refrigerator vertically slides to allow the position of the water dispenser port to be adjusted as desired by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Kyutae Park, Kyungsoo Park, Seonkyu Kim, Hyokku Kwon, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 9272303
    Abstract: A dispense tip constructed and arranged to communicate with a material dispensing pump comprises an elongated neck and a molded base having a first portion and a second portion opposite the first portion. The neck extends from the first portion of the base. The second portion is constructed and arranged to abut an outlet surface of the pump. An outermost region of the second portion of the base includes a compressible fluid-tight surface that compliantly conforms to the outlet surface when the dispense tip is mounted to the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: DL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Fugere
  • Patent number: 9156040
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser head for mounting on an axial actuator rod (31) of a dispenser member (3), the head comprising an inner core (1) and an outer casing (2), the core (1) forming a connection sleeve (11) of axis (X) for mounting on the axial actuator rod (31), the casing (2) forming a dispenser endpiece (23) that is elongate and that is offset relative to the axis (X), the dispenser head being characterized in that the core (1) forms a deformable cannula (14) that is connected to the connection sleeve (11) and that extends in the endpiece (23) of the casing (2), said cannula forming a first section (14a) that is substantially rectilinear and that extends transversely relative to the axis X, a second section (14b) that is bent, and a third section that is inserted into the dispenser endpiece (23), the cannula (14) initially being rectilinear over its entire length and then being deformed while it is being inserted into the endpiece (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Laurent Decottignies, Ludovic Goudigan
  • Patent number: 9108771
    Abstract: A closure assembly for the dispensing of fluids from plastic containers such as pails. The closure assembly is adapted for automated insert molding attachment to container lids. The closure assembly is pre-assembled from a threaded plastic closure cap and closure body prior to insert molding. The plastic closure body has a nestable and extendable conical body web leading inward to a body neck closed by a tamper evident diaphragm seal. The conical body web leads outward to an improved radial body clamp flange and novel cylindrical body skirt. Cap bails lie radially inside and brace the body clamp flange from distortion. Once inserted and clamped into the container lid mold, only the body skirt is exposed for attachment to the container lid. Molten plastic is introduced into the mold void to form the container lid. This patent discloses optional body skirt recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Ron Sturk
  • Publication number: 20150129612
    Abstract: A flexible package having dispensing bag and a hose spout integrally coupled therewith. The dispensing bag is positioned within an outer vessel or urn having a valve dispensing member. The hose spout is extended through the valve dispensing member. The filled container can be emptied through the hose spout, which dispensing fluid flow can be controlled by the valve dispensing member. The hose spout comprises a molded member that includes a base flange that extends through a transition region to an elongated spout, with a dispensing opening at a distal end of the elongated spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: David Bellmore, Chris Murray
  • Patent number: 9016521
    Abstract: A product dispenser package for storing a viscous product for personal use comprises a container including an interior chamber extending to a sealable opening, the interior chamber being structured and disposed for holding the viscous product, and whereby squeezing one's fingers against the container and directing one's fingers along the length of the container from the bottom end of the container towards the top end of the container forces the viscous product out of the interior chamber through the opening. In a preferred embodiment, a portion of the relevant end of the dispenser package is folded over on itself to prevent inadvertent emission of the product. The folded segments may be sealed with a food grade adhesive or held together by a band sized for engaged receipt of the folded segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Diana Foster
  • Publication number: 20150107692
    Abstract: A method produces a mast arm with a mast arm body and with at least one pipe holder for a concrete-distributing mast for use on stationary and mobile concrete pumps with a plurality of mast arms which are connected to one another so as to be pivotable on articulated joints about an axis of articulation and which hold a concrete-conveying line which has at least one rotary joint which has an axis of rotation aligned with an axis of articulation of an articulated joint. The at least one pipe holder here has a pipe support section which serves for receiving the concrete-conveying line at a holding point which has a location predetermined by the position of the axis of articulation. The mast arm body is premanufactured with a receiving intersection and the at least one pipe holder is premanufactured with a fastening section which has a connecting intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Putzmeister Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Hasel, Eric Bass, Roman Riebenstahl, Jochen Ruppel, Karl Westermann
  • Publication number: 20150076180
    Abstract: Embodiments of fluid containers are described that include a multi-chambered fluid bladder and a sealing mechanism for selectively sealing off different chambers from each other for independent use, such as for two different kinds of fluids, or opening to fluidly connect different chambers to each other to form larger chambers for a common fluid. Embodiments can further include independent fill ports and outlet ports for each chamber. The sealing mechanism can comprise a clip or latch that is configured to clamp the fluid passageway in the bladder closed. Some embodiments can include a removable handle that attaches to the bladder and includes the sealing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Matt Hoskins
  • Patent number: 8931664
    Abstract: A single use dispenser package is configured and sized for storing and dispensing a single serving of a liquid or viscous product. An elongated stem on one end of the dispenser package is provided, having an aperture adaptable for dispensing a variety of products, ranging from liquid to considerably viscous products. To prevent inadvertent emission of the product, and in order to keep the opening of the dispenser package closed and sanitary prior to use, a portion of the relevant end of the dispenser package is folded over on itself and sealed with a food grade adhesive. The food grade adhesive seal may be easily broken by the user for dispensing the liquid or viscous product. The single use dispenser packages are tube-shaped to allow for easy squeezing and emission of the product out of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Wave Creative Products Inc.
    Inventor: Diana Foster
  • Patent number: 8887965
    Abstract: A drywall feed pump system supplies drywall joint compound to a fill port assembly that allows for the connection of tools with various couplings, such as continuous flow pump tools and conventional automated hand tools. The assembly includes a feed hose, a mounting plate, a coupling plate, and a quick-connect adapter. An inlet of the feed hose connects to the feed pump system to supply the assembly with joint compound. The mounting plate provides a location for the outlet of the feed hose and accessory couplings to attach. The coupling plate facilitates the attachment to the drywall feed pump system. The quick-connect adapter extends from the mounting plate and facilitates the connection of various accessory couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Verby, Robert J. Gundersen, Christopher A. Lins, Bret A. Deneson, Jeromy D. Horning
  • Patent number: 8794459
    Abstract: A fluid container (10) comprises a body (12), a neck (16), and a mouth (14) The neck is deformable from a first stable condition to a second stable condition, allowing the relative angle of the mouth to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Suzanne Mary Dover, Peter Booth, Corinne Elstow, William Maskell, Alan Whiting
  • Patent number: 8727187
    Abstract: A fluid container including a container having an opening and a spout assembly connected to the opening. The spout assembly is connectable to the opening. The spout assembly includes a cap, first and second tubular portions, and at least one corrugated portion. The cap is securable so as to substantially cover the opening. The first tubular portion is connected to the cap. The at least one corrugated portion is fluidically coupled between the first tubular portion and the second tubular portion. The second tubular portion being insertable into the first tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Magley, II
  • Patent number: 8672197
    Abstract: A device used to easily fill small containers, i.e. shot glasses, with hot or cold liquids, with precision and speed, without spillage. The device consists of a funnel, attached to a filler hose, with a specialized filler nozzle at the end. Liquid of choice is poured into the funnel. The liquid then flows through the hose, but will not come out until the user activates the nozzle. The nozzle is activated by gently pressing its tip on the floor of the container. The liquid dispenser device may be used to fill shot glasses with hot, liquid gelatin mixtures or can be used to fill other cups, such as communion cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Piazza, Tricia A. Piazza
  • Patent number: 8668119
    Abstract: A container for containing and dispensing viscous comestibles, such as ice cream, is disclosed. The container includes a container body with a nozzle and a container cap movably coupled to the container body. The container cap moves between at least two positions, a first position where the container cap covers the nozzle, and a second position where a portion of the nozzle extends through a container cap opening. In some embodiments a straw portion of the nozzle extends through the container cap opening. A method of containing viscous comestibles is disclosed which includes attaching a container cap to a container body such that the container cap has at least two positions, testing that the container cap moves to each of its at least two positions, inserting viscous comestibles into the container body through a nozzle opening in the container body nozzle, and locking the container cap in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20130284768
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering a fluid to a location includes a means for supplying fluid connected to a reservoir. The reservoir has a variable volume and includes an outlet via which fluid may be delivered to the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Stewart Jones, Sergio Malorni, Michael Alexander Pratt
  • Patent number: 8561850
    Abstract: A device for dispensing materials and a method for operating the device are disclosed. An embodiment of the device comprises a tube, a disk for transferring piston pressure to the material to be dispensed and a pliable cone-shaped plastic nozzle attached to the tube. A tab attached to the disk enables latching on with a hook and removal of the disk when the material is in the tube is depleted, thus allowing refilling the tube as needed. Metal in the form of wire strands, wire mesh or coil is imbedded in the walls of the nozzle and provides pliability to the nozzle, but prevents recoil due to the characteristic memory of plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin L Dawson
  • Patent number: 8500707
    Abstract: A drainable ostomy pouch includes a collection portion and a drain chute extending from the collection portion having a discharge opening for permitting emptying of contents from the pouch. The drain chute is foldable between an open condition in which the drain chute is extended from the collection portion, and a closed condition in which the drain chute is folded towards the collection portion; and a pocket for receiving at least a portion of the drain chute when the drain chute is in its closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Convatec Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Kimberly Murray
  • Publication number: 20130161355
    Abstract: A hopper having a passage through which a medicine can be passed downward is provided. A part of a lower portion of the hopper is a deformable portion having flexibility, and the deformable portion is deformable so as to open and close the passage. According to this configuration, the deformable portion that is a part of the hopper is deformed to open and close the passage. Thus, there is no portion such as an opening and closing plate on which the medicine remains, thereby preventing a gap in which the medicine remains from being formed in the hopper, and preventing the medicine from easily remaining in the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Kenji Kawata
  • Publication number: 20130161357
    Abstract: A fill port assembly for coupling accessories to a feed pump system comprises a feed hose, a mounting plate and a quick-connect adapter. The feed hose has an inlet end for connecting to a feed pump manifold, and an outlet end. The mounting plate comprises a linkage coupled to the mounting plate for joining the fill port assembly to a feed pump system, and a discharge orifice extending through the mounting plate for receiving the outlet end. The quick-connect adapter extends from the mounting plate for joining accessory couplings to the mounting plate adjacent the discharge orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Verby, Robert J. Gundersen, Christopher A. Lins, Bret A. Deneson, Jeromy D. Horning
  • Patent number: 8469242
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispensing device for dispensing liquid from a container having a top, a side wall and a bottom, comprising a sleeve which can be inserted into the top in a sealing manner and into which a rising pipe opens via an inflow opening, a piston which is movable in the sleeve and can be moved between a closed position, in which the inflow opening is closed off by the piston, and an opened position, in which the inflow opening is connected to an outlet opening via a cavity of the piston. The outlet opening opens into an outlet channel of an extension arm which protrudes laterally from the sleeve and the output of which is coupled to a dispensing valve which can be activated by means of an actuating member in order to allow, in the opened position, liquid to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: HUBER Packaging Group GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Kolon, Bernd Haeussler, Rainer Opferkuch
  • Publication number: 20130140334
    Abstract: A flexible pouring spout of segmented tubing having an internally threaded adapter cap at one end for connecting with a threaded neck of a fluid container, and an externally threaded terminal end which is adapted to connecting with the adapter cap thereby enabling the device to form a loop of itself. Thus, the interior of the spout remains clean even if it has a sticky or oily substance thereon, and any fluid within the device is retained therein. Also provided is a sealable air inlet valve for allowing air to be drawn into the spout when in use to prevent fluid lock in the device and bottle collapse, and to facilitate rapid and efficient pouring of the fluid from its container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Cameron Abell
  • Patent number: 8444022
    Abstract: A pouring device includes a container, a stiffening member with first and second stiffening portions having respective terminating ends spaced from each other. The first and second stiffening portions are coupled to the container with a deformable region of the container being positioned between the terminating ends of the first and second stiffening portions. The deformable region can be more resilient than the stiffening member to form a pour spout at least in part from the deformable region upon application of a force to the container toward opposing sides of the deformable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Chef'n Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, David Hull
  • Patent number: 8430279
    Abstract: A bottle accessory for application with a cap to the neck of a bottle, includes: a housing dimensioned so as to be fixedly received within the bottle neck; and a connector disc attached to the upper end of the housing and receivable within the cap to serve as an inner liner thereof when the cap is applied to the neck of the bottle. The housing and connector disc are constructed to enable the housing to be attached with the cap to the bottle neck and, once so attached, to enable the connector disc to be released from the housing, such that when the cap is removed, the connector disc will remain as a liner within the cap, while the housing will remain attached to the bottle neck. The invention is particularly useful in a retractable spout assembly wherein the housing houses a retractable spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Doron Rigel
  • Patent number: 8393499
    Abstract: A multipurpose dispenser having a container body adapted to removably retain a plurality of product containers within the container body is disclosed. The dispenser includes a plurality of dispensing devices coupled to the container body. The dispensing devices are adapted for dispensing products from the product containers removably retained within the container body. The dispensing devices include dispensing actuators and nozzles. The dispensing actuators activate dispensing of products through the nozzles for use of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Sholem
  • Patent number: 8328048
    Abstract: A package for containing and dispensing of pourable product has a sheet material bag. A dispenser tube is inserted through a seam of the bag, where a pouring spout of the tube extends into the bag from the bag seam and a sealing sleeve extends outwardly from the bag seam. An openable/closeable seal extends across the end of the sealing sleeve, the openable/closeable seal having first and second strips with releasably interengaging configuration. The openable/closeable seal may be opened and the pouring spout everted through the sealing sleeve. The pouring spout is longer than the sealing sleeve and extends past the open seal. The openable/closeable seal is a zipper seal or a slide seal. The package may have a box in which the bag and dispenser tube are contained prior to and after use in dispensing a pourable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: IPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Michell C. Tschantz, Kerry M. McKinley
  • Patent number: 8245889
    Abstract: The fuel delivery system is assembled from a large capacity refillable fuel tank and a refillable pressurized compressed gas or air tank to provide a portable fuel supply system to deliver fuel to a variety of different vehicles and equipment without requiring the use of a manual or powered fuel pump within the system, providing the fuel delivery system without any need for a powered source to dispense fuel from the fuel tank, the compressed gas tank providing a positive pressure within the fuel tank to dispense the fuel from the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jon Starns
  • Patent number: 8235256
    Abstract: A system consisting of a hand-piece with a lever operated hydraulic pump and a fluid reservoir, a connecting tube and a remote connector which will seal to a syringe body which contains a viscous material. The pump expels fluid from the reservoir into the top of the syringe via the connecting tube where the fluid presses on the syringe plunger expelling the viscous material from the primary chamber of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: Lawrence Green, Arturo A. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8210770
    Abstract: A hose holder boom assembly (10) includes a first pivotal connector (128) pivotally mounting an open end (122) of a first tube (120) to a sidewall (114) of a cabinet (44) about a first pivot axis. A second pivotal connector (128) mounts an open end (132) of a second tube (130) to the other open end (124) of the first tube (120) about a second pivot axis parallel to and spaced from the first pivot axis. Movement of the first tube (120) relative to the sidewall (114) and relative movement between the first and second tubes (120, 130) are limited to a pivot plane extending perpendicular to the first and second pivot axes and including the first and second tubes (120, 130). The open end (132) of the second tube (130) is pivotable at an obtuse angle to each of two sides of the other open end (124) of the first tube (120). A hose (74) for outputting paving material extends out of the cabinet (44) and through the first and second tubes (120, 130) and the first and second pivotal connectors (128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cimline, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Stuart Halvorson
  • Patent number: 8210318
    Abstract: A lubrication system is provided for delivering coherent packets of a lubricant to a cutting surface of a machine tool. The system includes a nozzle for delivering a coherent packet of lubricant to the cutting surface, a pump for providing the lubricant to the nozzle via a supply line, and a controller configured to control the pump to provide the nozzle with a desired volume of lubricant. The coherent packet of lubricant has a volume substantially equal to the desired volume provided by the pump. The nozzle may be movable, and the controller may be configured to position and orient the movable nozzle. The controller may be an integrated controller configured to control both the operation of the lubrication system and the operation of the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Haas Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Ryan Frowiss, Donald Paul Earl, Symon Man-Yiu Tsui, Michael A. Teitel, William F. Tandrow
  • Publication number: 20120145751
    Abstract: An aerosol system for dispensing sprayable material in a desired spray pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Lester R. Greer, JR., Donald J. Stern, James A. Tryon
  • Patent number: 8166969
    Abstract: A hydration system for providing fluid to a user. The system comprises a bladder configured to hold a fluid, wherein comprises an outer layer of a fluorinated rubber composite. A spout is connected to the bladder and in communication with the inside of the bladder, wherein the spout comprises an output port and an fill port for filling the bladder with fluid. A cap adapted to engage and close the fill port is included. Also, a tube having a first end is connected to the output port of the spout and having a second end and having a second end connected to a fluid delivery fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Research International, Inc.
    Inventors: Peyton W. Hall, Frank T. Zeller, John Werner Bulluck, Michael L. Dingus
  • Publication number: 20120085792
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes fluid nozzle devices and systems. One fluid nozzle system embodiment includes a body having a series of sections that can be individually changed between an expandable and collapsible state to allow the body to lengthened, shortened, or curved and a fluid flow lumen formed in the body from a first end to a second end; the first end having an opening into the lumen and having a portion configured to receive a cap thereon; and a size adapter attached to the collar, the size adapter being configured to attach to a portion of a body of a fluid storage container having an opening for pouring a fluid out of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: D. Michael Carriere
  • Publication number: 20120000930
    Abstract: Acu-Spray Aerosol Straw is designed to allow the contents of a pressurized container to be dispensed at virtually any angle. Acu-Spray Aerosol Straw comprises a bendable, plastic straw. A wire is molded into the sidewall of the straw or molded integral to the straw tube as supporting means. The wire may be housed in a plastic casing and then molded onto the side of the original aerosol straw. The molding together of the wire that is encased and the straw-tube effectively prevents the separation of the two components due to bending. The bendable straw in combination with the wire is bendably-manipulatable such that a propelled fluid from a pressurized container is strategically dispensed onto a user-defined location. The device may be detachable from the nozzle to prevent breakage while the can is in storage. In certain embodiments the device may comprise a non-wire version wherein the bendable straw may be a non-bendable rigid structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Richard G. Barbieri
  • Publication number: 20110259847
    Abstract: A bottle packaging includes a groove on the neck of a bottle with the groove spaced longitudinally from a shoulder of the bottle a distance greater than or equal to a width of the groove, and upper and lower portions of the neck may have outer transverse cross-sectional dimensions that are substantially equal to one another. An upper circumferential sidewall of the groove may be chamfered, while a lower circumferential sidewall may be concave. The bottle may be combined with an adapter such that when the adapter is releasably connected to the bottle, a lowermost rim of the adapter is spaced longitudinally from an upper reach of the groove. The adapter may include a detent on an inner surface thereof adapted to removably seat in the groove to releasably connect the adapter to the bottle. A closure member may include at least one of a detent and a sealing member removably seated in the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher A. Cox, Terrence B. Mazer, Thomas D. Loughrin
  • Publication number: 20110240685
    Abstract: A hose management arrangement for use with a fuel dispenser having a fuel hose and a fuel nozzle, including a first coupler with a first portion and a second portion, the first coupler being fixed to the fuel hose by the first portion such that a first portion of the fuel hose extends from the first portion of the first coupler to a first end of the fuel hose and a second portion of the fuel hose extends from the first portion of the first coupler to a second end of the fuel hose, and an elongated resilient member including a first end fixed to the first coupler and a second end fixed adjacent the second end of the fuel hose, wherein the second portion of the first coupler slidably receives the second portion of the fuel hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: John E. Ingold, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 7997457
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for delivering hyper-concentrated chemicals in a ready to use non-concentrated state. The present invention affords users with the ability to dispense the hyper-concentrated chemicals in a safe electrical free environment as the system operates from fluid force. The present invention may work off a water supply being used as the primary power supply that is also used to dilute the hyper-concentrated chemical. The present invention may be configured for use in any number of environments, such as refineries, off-shore platforms, food processing facilities, agriculture facilities, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: WECHEM, Inc.
    Inventors: Wiley E. Phillips, Glen P. Wisecarver, Michael C. Wisecarver, Richard A. Wisecarver, Rosario P. Kuylen, Michael G. Lindsay, Lawrence J. Folse, Edwin G. Laiche
  • Patent number: 7987751
    Abstract: A sheet trimming apparatus including: a trimming section provided with a trimming cutter blade for trimming a sheet bundle; a paper scrap container for storing paper scraps separated from the sheet bundle by the trimming cutter blade; and a paper scrap guide member, which is provided to create a falling space where the paper scraps are made to fall from the trimming section to the paper scrap container, wherein the paper scrap guide member assumes a first state for expanding a gap in the falling space, and a second state for creating an inclined surface for guiding the paper scraps to fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Shiokawa, Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, Masaaki Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 7980431
    Abstract: An extendable pour cap includes a base adapted for attaching to a neck of a container. A flexible spout extends from the base, and is adapted for communicating with an open mouth of the container. The flexible spout has integrally-formed bellows designed for converting the spout between a compressed condition and an extended condition. A first closure element is designed for removably securing a first closure cap over the flexible spout when compressed. A second closure element is designed for removably securing a second closure cap over the flexible spout when compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ipour, LLC
    Inventor: John Barksdale
  • Publication number: 20110163114
    Abstract: A pressurized dispenser for dispensing sterile liquids in droplets having a flexible nozzle with flexible dispensing tip is provided. The tip has an opening which is normally sealed around a central plug. The dispenser is inverted and by pressing the side of the flexible nozzle a valve releases pressurized liquid into the space between the central plug and the dispensing tip which causes the tip to expand and release droplets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: 0736413 B.C. LTD.
    Inventor: Garth T. Webb
  • Publication number: 20110132935
    Abstract: An aerosol system for dispensing sprayable material in a desired spray pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Lester R. Greer, JR., Donald J. Stern, James A. Tryon
  • Publication number: 20110127301
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of apparatus, methods, and systems for fastening a rotatable tube to spigots and nozzles, for fluid-water flow diversion to facilitate the use of sinks by small children. In one embodiment, a tube is provided, which is fastened to a spigot and nozzle. The tube-spigot fastening may be facilitated by a tapered washer. The tube, in turn, may be rotated about the supporting spigot secured to the electronic article. The tube may be configured with curvature, tapering, wall and end openings of sufficient weight, shape, and/or size to allow for optimal water flow choices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Taiyo Christian Weber
  • Patent number: 7931175
    Abstract: A nozzle (1) is disclosed for use in connection with the providing of a fluid material from a container, where the nozzle comprises a first nozzle base part (2), a nozzle tip part and a link (4) connecting the nozzle parts (2, 3). The link (4) has a first pivotal state and a second locked state when the link is under pressure by the material flow The link (4) has a first surface (8) and second surface (10), the surfaces being pivotally connected to each other, and where said surfaces (8, 10) are angled in relation to the longitudinal center axis of the nozzle. The invention also relates to a use of the nozzle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Claus Leonhardt Jensen and Finn Holme Hjort
    Inventor: Finn Holme Hjort
  • Publication number: 20100237107
    Abstract: A pouring device includes a container, a stiffening member with first and second stiffening portions having respective terminating ends spaced from each other. The first and second stiffening portions are coupled to the container with a deformable region of the container being positioned between the terminating ends of the first and second stiffening portions. The deformable region can be more resilient than the stiffening member to form a pour spout at least in part from the deformable region upon application of a force to the container toward opposing sides of the deformable region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, David Hull
  • Patent number: 7798080
    Abstract: An adjustable singulating brush assembly for a seed meter and method to improve seed singulation of a seed meter. The assembly includes a carrier and a brush selectively adjustably moveable with respect to the carrier. The method to improve seed singulation of a seed meter includes disposing a selectively adjustable moveable brush along a path of travel of the seed selection mechanism of the seed meter between the meter's seed reservoir and the seed discharge opening and selectively moving the adjustably moveable brush with respect to the path of travel of the seed selection mechanism such that the selected seeds meet the preselected brush position to affect removal of extra seeds from the seed selection mechanism so singular seeds are sequentially discharged through the seed discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Precision Planting, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Derek A. Sauder, Don L. Dunlap
  • Patent number: 7729832
    Abstract: A large manipulator with an articulated mast (22) is pivotally connected to a mast base (21) that is rotatable about a vertical axis. The mast (22) comprises at least three mast arms (23 to 27) which are pivotable to a limited extent about horizontal articulated axis (28 to 32) that are located parallel to each other, the pivoting movement being relative to the mast base (21) or an adjacent mast arm (23 to 27) and being performed by means of a respective drive unit (34 to 38). A control unit is provided with coordinate transformer (74, 76) which responds to a given guiding parameter (r) and measured angular values (??) that are determined by means of angle sensors (44 to 48) located on the mast arms (23 to 27). The coordinate transformer (74, 76) does a conversion into movement signals (??v) for the drive units (34 to 38) in accordance with predefined path/slew characteristics, the movement signals being related to the articulation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Benckert, Kurt Rau
  • Publication number: 20100032450
    Abstract: A gel dispensing device comprises a flexible container filled with ultrasound contact gel, a dispensing tube having a dispensing end and a mounting end, and a device for mounting the mounting end of the tube on the container. Also disclosed is a corresponding ultrasound gel dispensing tube, a dispensing assembly comprising the tube and an adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick AHLUND, Mikael LINDGREN