With Flow Controller Or Closure Patents (Class 222/529)
  • Patent number: 10501240
    Abstract: A liquid container for motor oils, transmission fluids, cooking oils, liquors, etc. with pour opening associated with a telescoping expandable contractible pour spout, comprising a pull cap with a top and a finger pull ring affixed to the top, and a threaded pull cap base. The telescoping expandable contractible pour spout is flexible defining a continuous interior channel in communication with the interior of the liquid container having two first and second co-acting segments operably associated with the pull cap and the pour opening of the fluid container, which extends in a pour position, and collapses back into the pour opening in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sessions/Painter, LLC
    Inventor: Randy J. Sessions
  • Patent number: 10480503
    Abstract: A portable foodstuff container and method of dispensing foodstuff from the portable container are disclosed herein. Such a portable foodstuff may include a portable body with a reservoir configured to contain a foodstuff and a dispenser configured to dispense the foodstuff contained in the reservoir, a pump disposed within the body and configured to convey the foodstuff from the reservoir to the dispenser when activated to dispense the foodstuff through the dispenser, and a controller disposed in the body and coupled to the pump. The controller may be configured to activate the pump to dispense a user-selected amount of foodstuff from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scalf, Robert M. Digman, Paul Staun
  • Patent number: 10435202
    Abstract: A cap device for a container is provided. The cap device comprises a cover, a base and an expandable/extendible collapsible spout attached to or integrated with the base. When the cover is in a closed position, the collapsible spout may be in a retracted position for easy storage. When the cover is open, the collapsible spout may be extended to assist with pouring a fluid from the container to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Martasz Smith
  • Patent number: 10295138
    Abstract: This vehicle lamp includes a light source part having a semiconductor-type light source, a second lens disposed in front of the light source and having a second lens part, and a first lens disposed between the light source and the second lens and having a first lens part that converts a light cone of the light source into a cone connecting the second lens part and a basic focal point P of the second lens part, wherein the first lens part is formed such that it radiates the light coming from the light source and entering an incident surface located on the horizontally outer side of the first lens part after converting it into inward light so that the light enters an incident surface located on the horizontally outer side of the second lens part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 9902513
    Abstract: A hopper having a passage through which a medicine can be passed downward is provided. The hopper is configured to cause rippling vibration on an inner surface thereof by an external force applied to the hopper. According to this configuration, the rippling vibration applies a force to the medicine to separate the medicine away from the inner surface of the hopper. This prevents the medicine from easily adhering to the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Takazono Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenji Kawata
  • Patent number: 9586732
    Abstract: A plastic lid for a metal can including a liquid. The lid includes a cavity (20) receiving a neck (15) that can be folded down and secured to a wall section (21) of the cavity. The free end of the folded-down neck (15) compresses a wall (23) of the cavity and seals the can, closing an air intake slit (27) provided in an elastomer material (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Son
  • Patent number: 9393174
    Abstract: An extensible vibrating shower apparatus that includes a shower member retractably extensible from within an ergonomically formed handle, said shower member including a generally tubular neck, a flexible joint disposed endwise upon the neck, and a head disposed upon the flexible joint, the head having a nozzle with a plurality of bristle holes disposed in a radial pattern and a plurality of massage pads disposed thereon, through which plurality of bristle holes a plurality of bristles is retracably extensible from within the head when a rotatable rim is turned, and a water proof switch alternately activates and deactivates a vibrator disposed within the head, which vibrator is in operational communication with the plurality of massage pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Carl C. Pope
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8950637
    Abstract: A fluid flow-control valve is housed within a fluid transport container or vessel. The valve is operated by a trigger actuating a plunger or shaft. The trigger is located in the handgrip space of a pouring handle so as to resiliently provide one-handed control of fluid flow from the vessel. The valve is resiliently biased to a closed state. A telescopically extendable spout is attached to and housed within the main body of the valve and may include an integral breather passageway. When the spout is retracted it locks out the operation of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Conrad H. Wilkins
  • 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: 8905267
    Abstract: A bag-in-box type of assembly is disclosed where numerous features are provided. One of the features helps to lock the drainage tube of the bag in a predetermined position at the bottom of the box. Another feature is directed to a ramp inside the box that aid drainage of the bag's content, e.g., concentrate for a postmix beverage. Yet a further feature is directed to structures that prevent slippage of the bag when placed on the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush
  • Patent number: 8870026
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • 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: 8814004
    Abstract: A tamper evident, pull-out flexible spout for use in combination with a container lid wherein a cap can only be removed from the threaded end of the spout by lifting a pair of bail rings which are attached to the cap by way of a set of frangible connectors and thereafter pulling the spout out from the stored position at least part way toward the use position thereby to disengage lugs on an exterior surface of the cap from a pair of one-way stops on an interior surface of the spout ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Letica Corporation
    Inventors: Anton Letica, Randall J. Corbett, John R. Selina
  • Patent number: 8701928
    Abstract: A spout for a spill-proof beverage container has a side wall defining an outer surface and an inner surface defining a discharge passage. A valve in the discharge passage includes two flanks formed integrally with the side wall and projecting from opposite sides of the inner surface of the spout. The front end faces of the flanks mate with one another along a slit that extends generally parallel to the longer axis of the spout. At least the front portions of the flanks are inclined away from the mouth of the spout such that pressure within the container acts to urge the flanks against one another so as to maintain the slit closed. Deformation of the side wall when the spout is held between the lips of a drinker acts to open the slit and create an opening between the flanks to allow the beverage to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Ilan Zadik Samson
  • Publication number: 20140103077
    Abstract: Fluid transfer interfaces for transferring fluid into or out of vessels, namely flexible polymeric bags. The fluid transfer interfaces have a body for use in connection with a vessel, or combined therewith, one or more apertures extending through the body, and one or more fluid transfer conduits secured to the body by way of a cast seal and extending continuously and axially through the one or more apertures. Also disclosed is a vessel closure having one or more fluid transfer conduits extending through the closure, the fluid transfer conduits affixed to the closure by a cast seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: ALLPURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Zumbrum
  • Publication number: 20140069955
    Abstract: A tamper evident, pull-out flexible spout for use in combination with a container lid wherein a cap can only be removed from the threaded end of the spout by lifting a pair of bail rings which are attached to the cap by way of a set of frangible connectors and thereafter pulling the spout out from the stored position at least part way toward the use position thereby to disengage lugs on an exterior surface of the cap from a pair of one-way stops on an interior surface of the spout ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: LETICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anton LETICA, Randall J. CORBETT, John R. SELINA
  • 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: 8496138
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser includes a control module and a hose module. The hose module includes a housing and at least a portion of a fluid hose within an interior volume of the housing, a fluid nozzle supported by a boot when enclosed within the housing; a first door allowing removal of the fluid nozzle from the boot through a first opening created when the first door is adjusted from a closed position to an open position; a second door adjacent the exterior of the housing and adjustable from a shut position to a retracted position, where the second door allows access to the fluid hose when the second door is in the retracted position; and a linear motor adapted to adjust the second door from the shut position to the retracted position based on a received signal indicating the first door in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Chad Gehman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8453889
    Abstract: A spout cap having a two steps type straw part comprises a coupling part fixedly coupling with the pouring hole of the metal container; a first straw part extending at a predetermined length on the interior face of the coupling part; a cap coupling part having a pouring outlet through which contents in the metal container flow out, wherein the cap coupling part is selectively positioned in an overlapped disposition or an unfolded disposition with respect to the first straw part; an extension part between the first straw part and the cap coupling part, wherein the extension part is capable of extending the unfolded length when the cap coupling part is unfolded with respect to the first straw part; a second straw part extended from the upper inner face of the extension member at a predetermined length and coupled with the lower end of the cap coupling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Dae Ryuk Can Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bong-June Park
  • Patent number: 8418885
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8418886
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8418884
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8413846
    Abstract: It is to provide a cheap liquid pouring nozzle having a one-way function for automatically closing an opening port at the same time of stopping the pouring of a packing material to surely prevent the penetration of air into a package bag, in which the detaching of a cap to the pouring nozzle is useless and the production is easy and the fusion-joining to a package bag main body is simple and sure, as well as a package bag using the same and a box for a package bag and a packaging structure. Such a nozzle is a liquid pouring nozzle constituted by fusion-joining its base end portion to an inner surface of a soft package bag main body at a side portion of the package bag main body through a sealant layer as an outermost layer, in which front and rear laminate films comprising a uniaxially oriented or biaxially oriented base film layer and sealant layers sandwiching it are fused to each other at a surrounding portion other than the base end at a posture of opposing one sealant layers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Yushin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kasai
  • Patent number: 8397959
    Abstract: A packaging container formed by a container body has a connector with a thread. The connector has a predetermined breaking point where a tear-off part may be torn off. The tear-off part has a handle and may be torn off without a tool. The container body is fitted with an application nozzle which, when not in use, is positioned on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Fischbach KG Kunststoff-Technik
    Inventor: Achim Helmenstein
  • Patent number: 8388337
    Abstract: The invention relates to a casting machine for producing a product intended for human consumption from a castable material, in particular a fat material such as chocolate, for example, having a heatable material container for receiving the castable material; at least one nozzle which is in fluid connection with the material container interior, and a pressure source for generating an overpressure in the material container interior. According to the invention, the nozzle has a nozzle orifice or a nozzle constriction, the open cross section or flow cross section of which is flexible. A process according to the invention for producing a product intended for human consumption from a castable material has the following steps: providing a heated castable material in a material container; generating an overpressure in the material container interior; forcing the material through a nozzle in fluid connection with the material container with simultaneous changing of the flow and/or open cross section of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Buhler AG
    Inventors: Boris Ouriev, Uwe Steiner
  • Patent number: 8348106
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device includes a pressurizing device coupled between a fluid bottle and a discharge tube for forcing the fluid to flow through the discharge tube without gravity, the pressurizing device includes a container having an inclined inner peripheral surface, and a piston slidably received in the container and having an outer peripheral portion for selectively engaging with the inclined inner peripheral surface of the container in order to pump the fluid into the discharge tube when the piston is moved toward the discharge tube with a coil, and for being selectively disengaged from the inner peripheral surface of the container when the piston is moved away from the discharge tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Hong Jen Wang
  • Patent number: 8292133
    Abstract: A vented closure assembly for a container, the container including a raised outlet defining a dispensing opening, includes a closure body having a nestable and extendable spout formed with a generally cylindrical section, a frustoconical section, and a transition region, including an invertible fold, located between these two sections. The generally cylindrical section defines an outlet opening and a threaded closing cap is assembled to the generally cylindrical section for closing off the outlet opening. A retainer is used for connecting the closure body to the raised outlet wall and the spout includes a thicker wall portion for enabling the closure body to maintain a selected orientation. A plurality of venting ears are used to help provide the venting capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • Patent number: 8267283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a personal hydration system includes a fluid reservoir having first and second spaced apart apertures. A first port is coupled to the first aperture, and a second port is coupled to the second aperture. A flexible tube has a first end that is coupled to the second port for communication with an interior of the fluid reservoir. The personal hydration system further includes a handle having a first end coupled to the first port, and a second end coupled to the second port. A channel near the second end of the handle extends over at least a portion of the first end of the tube and thereby captures the first end of the tube between the channel and the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nalge Nunc International Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Staton
  • Publication number: 20120223101
    Abstract: A Fluid Dispenser including a inline fluid dispenser removably attached to a handle which is well suited for usage such as spraying insecticide or anti-fungal solutions, spraying fire retardant solutions, spraying decontaminants, and other situations where mixing of the Inline Fluid Dispenser contents with a fluid source is necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Harvey Elliott Berger
  • 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: 20120085794
    Abstract: A manually extendible plastic spout for use in combination with the closure for an industrial container. The spout has a peripheral flange with a U-shaped channel which receives a downwardly extending flange on the closure so that the spout is installed from the bottom side of the closure rather than according to the more customary top-mounted procedure. The body of the spout is pleated and has an outlet collar which is threaded to receive a cap having a pull-ring, an integral internal seal is also provided. The spout can be extended to any of several stable positions or conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: LETICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. SELINA, Randall J. CORBETT
  • Publication number: 20120085793
    Abstract: The combination of molded plastic closure for an open top container and an extensible plastic spout adapted to be joined to the deck of the closure in either of two ways. In one way, the spout is molded with a U-shaped peripheral channel which receives a downwardly extending flange surrounding an aperture in the deck. In another way, the spout is pre-molded and then used as an insert when molding the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: LETICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. SELINA, Randall J. CORBETT
  • Patent number: 8118198
    Abstract: The disclosed preferred embodiment of the current invention relates to a spout or a spout extension system for assisting in the transfer of pourable material from a storage container to a receiving destination or equipment. Said spout extension has a means of controlling the flow of said material allowing for the inversion and positioning of said container spout combination, prior to initiating the flow. More particularly this invention relates to an attachable spout extension, said extension contains a control means or valve which can be operated when the container and spout extension combination is inverted and positioned in the desired location prior to commencing flow of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Edwin George Watson
  • Patent number: 8109115
    Abstract: Refrigeration apparatus comprising a cold storage compartment, accessible from the outside, and provided internally with a sealed container adapted to accommodate a flexible and compressible receptacle holding a beverage; there are provided pneumatic or air-compression means to generate a selectively controllable pneumatic pressure inside said container, but outside said flexible receptacle, and said sealed container is capable of being opened from the outside by means of a closure applied on a face thereof, wherein said closure is provided with a through-aperture, through which there extends a drawing-off conduit. Whenever a need arises for beverage to be drawn off the receptacle, a pressure increase is triggered inside the sealed container, and said pressure increase will act upon the walls of the internal receptacle so that the latter is caused to collapse and reduce its volume, thereby causing the beverage to be ejected therefrom and, therefore, drawn off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Professional SpA
    Inventors: Ennio Pippia, Deny Longo
  • Patent number: 8104641
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser hose module includes a housing adapted to enclose the fluid nozzle and at least a portion of a fluid hose within an interior volume of the housing. A first door located adjacent an exterior of the housing allows removal of the fluid nozzle when the first door is adjusted from a closed position to an open position. The first door automatically returns to the closed position from the open position when the fluid nozzle is returned to the boot. A second door adjacent the exterior of the housing automatically adjusts from a shut position to a retracted position when the first door is adjusted from the closed position to the open position. The second door allows access to the fluid hose in the retracted position and automatically returns to the shut position from the retracted position when the first door returns to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Dresser, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Chad Gehman
  • Patent number: 8056774
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a container, a pump assembly and a bleed valve. The pump assembly is connected to the container selectively pressurizing the container and includes an outlet port. The outlet port has a check valve precluding flow from the container through the outlet port. The bleed valve is in communication with an aperture formed through the container. The bleed valve relieves excess pressure in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Fountainhead Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Arcuri, Mark I. Cushman, George A. Mitchell, Mario J. Restive
  • Publication number: 20110248054
    Abstract: A valve (100) comprising a tubular body (110) closed at a proximal end (111) and open at a distal end (112), outer sealing surfaces (120, 130) provided at the proximal and distal ends for sealing against an inner surface of a tube, the body comprising a flexibly mounted leg (150) between the proximal and distal ends, the leg configured to flex outwards from the body on engagement of the open distal end with a spigot so as to open a fluid flow path through the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: DS SMITH PLASTICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Ian Darby
  • Publication number: 20110006084
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a personal hydration system includes a fluid reservoir having first and second spaced apart apertures. A first port is coupled to the first aperture, and a second port is coupled to the second aperture. A flexible tube has a first end that is coupled to the second port for communication with an interior of the fluid reservoir. The personal hydration system further includes a handle having a first end coupled to the first port, and a second end coupled to the second port. A channel near the second end of the handle extends over at least a portion of the first end of the tube and thereby captures the first end of the tube between the channel and the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Nalge Nunc International Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Staton
  • Patent number: 7828119
    Abstract: A grease gun applicator system for making it easier to use a battery powered grease gun by freeing up one hand while greasing. The grease gun applicator system includes a powered grease gun, a dispensing hose extending from the powered grease gun, a dispensing nozzle attached to a distal end of the dispensing hose and a control switch attached to or adjacent to the dispensing nozzle to control the powered grease gun. A sling is preferably attached to the powered grease gun for allowing easy transportation of the powered grease gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Richard M. Schirado
  • Patent number: 7798378
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container, the container including a raised outlet defining a dispensing opening, includes a closure body having a nestable and extendable spout formed with a generally cylindrical section, a frustoconical section, and an invertible fold between these two sections so as to enable the closure body to be either nested or extended. The generally cylindrical section defines an outlet opening and a threaded closing cap is assembled to the generally cylindrical section for closing off the outlet opening. A retainer is used for connecting the closure body to the raised outlet wall and the frustoconical section includes a thicker wall portion, described as a memory band portion, for enabling the closure body to maintain a selected orientation upon deflection into the selected orientation in order to provide directional discharge of the container contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20100224628
    Abstract: A beverage can assembly, for precluding contamination of a beverage contained there within on opening of the beverage can assembly and during distribution of the beverage from the beverage can assembly, includes a beverage can, a tab and a spout. The beverage can is adapted to store the beverage there within. The beverage can includes an opening configured on a top cover portion thereof. The tab is disposed on the top cover portion of the beverage can. The tab, in a closed position thereof, is adapted to cover the opening. The spout is removably coupled to an underside portion of the tab. The spout is adapted to be positioned within the beverage can, in the closed position of the tab. Further, the spout is adapted to be moved out of the opening for distribution of the beverage, in the open position of the tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Dermot Brake
  • Patent number: 7789277
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container, the container including a raised outlet defining a dispensing opening, includes a closure body having a nestable and extendable spout formed with a generally cylindrical section, a frustoconical section, and a transitioning region, including an invertible fold, located between these two sections so as to enable the closure body to be either nested or extended. The generally cylindrical section defines an outlet opening and a threaded closing cap is assembled to the generally cylindrical section for closing off the outlet opening. A retainer is used for connecting the closure body to the raised outlet wall and the frustoconical section includes a thicker wall portion for enabling the spout to maintain a selected orientation upon deflection into the selected orientation in order to provide directional discharge of the container contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7766057
    Abstract: A bottle assembly is provided and includes a body portion defining a cavity therein; a top lid assembly selectively connectable to an upper end of the body portion, the top lid assembly includes a selectively deployable and retractable spout, wherein when the spout is in a deployed condition a fluid path is opened into the cavity of the body portion and when the spout is in a retracted condition the fluid path into the cavity of the body portion is closed; a trigger assembly operatively associated with the top lid assembly for selectively moving the spout between a deployed and a retracted condition; and a bottom lid assembly selectively connectable to a bottom end of the body portion, the bottom lid assembly including a valve assembly configured and adapted to open and close a fluid path into the cavity of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: David Mitchell Windmiller
  • Publication number: 20100187265
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container, the container including a raised outlet defining a dispensing opening, includes a closure body having a nestable and extendable spout formed with a generally cylindrical section, a frustoconical section, and an invertible fold between these two sections so as to enable the closure body to be either nested or extended. The generally cylindrical section defines an outlet opening and a threaded closing cap is assembled to the generally cylindrical section for closing off the outlet opening. A retainer is used for connecting the closure body to the raised outlet wall and the frustoconical section includes a thicker wall portion, described as a memory band portion, for enabling the closure body to maintain a selected orientation upon deflection into the selected orientation in order to provide directional discharge of the container contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7748903
    Abstract: A container for transferring a product with crossed protection, having a flexible portion connected to an opening provided with a flange in which is mounted a door that is mobile between a closed position and at least one open position, is characterized in that it includes a guide member 15 adapted to cause an internal portion of the wall of the flexible portion to project through the flange 11A or to retract that portion inside the container. A container of this kind is used to transfer a powder, a granular material or small objects, in particular, from the bottom of the container or from another container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Aseptics SA
    Inventors: Bernard Saint-Martin, St├ęphanie Armau
  • Patent number: 7717307
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container, the container including a raised outlet defining a dispensing opening, includes a closure body having a nestable and extendable spout formed with a generally cylindrical section, a frustoconical section, and an invertible fold between these two sections so as to enable the closure body to be either nested or extended. The generally cylindrical section defines an outlet opening and a threaded closing cap is assembled to the generally cylindrical section for closing off the outlet opening. A retainer is used for connecting the closure body to the raised outlet wall and the frustoconical section includes a thicker wall portion, described as a memory band portion, for enabling the closure body to maintain a selected orientation upon deflection into the selected orientation in order to provide directional discharge of the container contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20100108708
    Abstract: A refillable compressed air driven system includes a vessel adapted to hold a determined amount of batter and compressed air, a compressed air inlet port in the vessel, a compressed air outlet port in the vessel, a batter inlet port in the vessel, a batter outlet port in the vessel, a compressed air supply line fluidly connected to the compressed air inlet port and configured to supply compressed air from a compressor through the compressed air supply line to the vessel, an exhaust valve operably coupled to the compressed air outlet port, a hopper operably coupled to the batter inlet port, and a batter inlet valve disposed between the hopper and the vessel, and a dispenser operably coupled to the batter outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Michael C. Wawzynski
  • Publication number: 20100072232
    Abstract: Apparatuses for dispensing liquids are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, these apparatuses comprise: a bottle assembly having a value that allows liquid to pass from within the bottle assembly to outside of the bottle assembly; a cage for holding the bottle assembly that causes the valve to open when the bottle assembly is inserted into the cage and thereby allows liquid to flow from the bottle assembly into a portion of the cage; and a tube coupled to the portion of the cage that can be used by a user to draw liquid from the bottle assembly and the cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jeremy Rider