With Flow Controller Or Closure Patents (Class 222/537)
  • Patent number: 10351317
    Abstract: A metering and pouring device for flowable substances including a holding part having an inside jacket enclosing a rotationally-symmetrical holding chamber with a first chamber section and a radially-projecting opening edge. The first chamber section extends axially from the opening edge to a circumferential, inclined support surface having a passage window. A metering insert encloses a metering chamber and is arranged within the holding part and has a metering window. A rotatable closure part can be turned from a first position into a second position and vice versa and will effect a turn of the metering insert relative to the holding part and a turn of the passage window relative to the metering window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ALPLA WERKE ALWIN LEHNER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Hlavacek, Oliver Hoch
  • Publication number: 20140311191
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the field of home appliances and refers to a delivery valve stem (1) more specifically intended to be used in laundry machines provided with a reservoir (5) for bulk material storage and delivery, wherein said valve flow delivery is not aligned with its displacement axis, since it comprises a predominantly radial sealing system that contributes to clean surfaces in contact with fluid, thereby promoting reduction in the production of residues from washing products, which may be detached and reach the fabrics stored inside the equipment, damaging them and/or causing several inconveniences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Adelcio Braz, Luizq Henrique Baptista, Ricardo Cangiano, Lucas de Almeida Magalhaes
  • Patent number: 8833617
    Abstract: A fuel container includes sealed vessel having a pivoting spout assembly and fill nozzle assembly and a locking assembly. The container provides storage and dispensing of fuels without a user having to manually remove any caps. The spout assembly pivots closed and automatically seals when not in use. An air vent is built into the locking assembly to allow air to enter the vessel only during filling or dispensing, thereby effectively containing fumes within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Mark A. P. Compton, Gene Compton
  • Patent number: 8807088
    Abstract: A dispensing toy for an animal. The dispensing toy may include a dispensing pump and a reservoir. The dispensing pump may include a liquid container having a wall and a first opening defined therein. The dispensing pump may also include an actuator having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the actuator is received in the first liquid container opening and the second end of the actuator includes a configuration to be engaged by an animal. The dispensing pump may also include a bore extending from the first end to the second end of the actuator, a gasket coupled to the actuator wherein the gasket exhibits an interference fit with said liquid container wall, and a locking feature affixed to the first end of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Publication number: 20140061255
    Abstract: A drink bottle may include a container and a lid connected to the container. The lid may include a spout and a spout cover. Each of the spout and the spout cover may be moved in opposite directions between a stowed configuration and a dispensing configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Sami El-Saden, Blair E. Miller, Daniel M. Wodka, John W. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8622249
    Abstract: A personal hydration system includes a control valve assembly including a valve body provided with a first inlet port fed by a liquid, a second inlet port, and an outlet port for dispensing at least fluid from the first inlet port. The control valve assembly further includes either a flexible and resilient or a non-collapsible reservoir which holds an additive and is mounted to the second inlet port. The first inlet port can be provided with a valve for preventing backflow of the additive from the reservoir, and the reservoir can be provided with a screen for disrupting coagulation of certain additives when mixed with liquid. A valve core is rotatably mounted in the valve body to establish various flow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Simple Matter, Inc.
    Inventor: Trent Ballentine
  • 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: 8544688
    Abstract: A personal hydration system includes a control valve assembly including a valve body provided with a first inlet port, a second inlet port, and an outlet port provided with a delivery hose for dispensing at least fluid from the hydration bladder. The control valve assembly further includes a non-collapsible reservoir which holds an additive and is directly mounted via a rigid connection to the second inlet port of the valve body. A supply hose is connected between the hydration bladder and the first inlet port of the valve body. A valve core is rotatably mounted in the valve body to establish at least either a single flow condition of the liquid or a mixed flow condition of the liquid and the additive. In the mixed flow condition, the liquid from the hydration bladder freely flows through the valve core and is admitted into and circulated through the reservoir to produce a mixture of liquid and additive deliverable to the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Simple Matter, Inc.
    Inventor: Trent Ballentine
  • Patent number: 8453890
    Abstract: The product container, in particular for spices, is made of opaque material, wherein one wall (2) of the container (1) comprises a viewing window (3) made of transparent material. A dispenser (6) which is secured pivotably on a pivot axis (7) between two limit positions, is shaped and dimensioned so that in one limit position it completely covers the viewing window (3) and in the other limit position completely exposes the viewing window (3). The dispenser (6) is connected in a non-rotatable manner to an closing flap (8), which is pivoted at the same time as the dispenser (6) and closes an outlet opening (5) in one limit position and releases it in the other limit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: WIBERG Besitz GmbH
    Inventor: Leon Widdison
  • Publication number: 20130068799
    Abstract: A retractable spout assembly for a container having a dispensing opening for dispensing contents from the container, the retractable spout assembly includes a mounting member configured to be fixedly mounted in the dispensing opening; and a spout carried by the mounting member and movable with respect thereto from a retracted position within the container to an extended position extending outwardly of the container for use in dispensing contents of the container; wherein the retractable spout assembly further includes a cap removably attached directly to the mounting member and configured such that, when the cap is attached to the mounting member, the cap closes the spout and retains the spout in its retracted position, and when the cap is removed from the mounting member, the cap opens the spout and permits the spout to move to its extended position for use in dispensing the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Doron RIGEL
  • Patent number: 7753232
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus is configured to dispense a predetermined volume of fluid, and includes a fluid reservoir to hold a fluid to be dispensed, a dispense tube to dispense the fluid, and an elevator mechanism. The fluid reservoir receives a fluid from a fluid supply. A dispense tube has a dispense outlet, and is connected to an outlet port on the fluid reservoir. The elevator mechanism changes a relative vertical displacement between the dispense outlet and the outlet port, such that the fluid is dispensed when the dispense outlet is lower than the outlet port, and not dispensed when the dispense outlet is higher than the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventors: Denis E. Keyes, John Randall
  • Patent number: 7530122
    Abstract: A system for the controlled release of backed up waste water from a restricted waste line and/or for facile pressure clearing of a restricted waste line. The apparatus of the instant invention can be installed in a wye cleanout fitting and positioned so that the seal is positioned near and sealed in the cleanout plug passageway of the wye cleanout fitting. Then the valve can be opened to controllably drain the waste line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Craig R. Schaaf
  • Publication number: 20090084814
    Abstract: A dispensing closure system is provided for a container that has an opening wherein a membrane is interposed between the container opening and the dispensing closure system. The system includes a body for extending from the container at the opening. The system includes a movable spout that (1) has a dispensing opening at one end, (2) has a piercing edge at the other end, and (3) is mounted in the body for pivoting the movement between (a) a non-dispensing position in which the piercing edge is above the membrane to locate the spout dispensing opening at a first, non-dispensing location, and (b) a dispensing position in which (i) the piercing edge can pierce the membrane, and (ii) the spout projects outwardly from the body to locate the spout dispensing opening at a location that is further outwardly than the non-dispensing location of the spout dispensing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: John Wisniewski, Travis J. Hoepner
  • Patent number: 7490742
    Abstract: A perfume spray head structure generally comprises a main body, a spray nozzle, a gas guide device, and a gas supply tube, wherein the spray nozzle, the gas guide device, and the gas supply tube are pre-assembled together and then coupled with the main body. By the use of the pre-assembled structure, the assembly process can be performed conveniently and the occurrence of displacement can be avoided. In addition, the spray head has gaps formed thereon for passage of gas and perfume liquid. The perfume liquid is sprayed out via the gaps so as to form uniform perfume mists. The perfume spray head structure of the present invention can avoid the occurrence of non-uniform spray mists, which is caused by the displacement of the spray channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Ing Wen Precision Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Patent number: 7377407
    Abstract: A purified water filtration, storage and vend system has a distributed housing design with a main unit having a filtration module, a storage tank, and a vend station. A slave unit has a storage tank and a vend station. A retractable nozzle assembly feeds each vend station purified water. The nozzle is mounted in a housing with an ozone chamber at its base. A sled in the housing is powered by a single actuator. When the actuator arm moves down, it moves a linkage to open a shutter at the base of the housing and simultaneously extends the nozzle through the open shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Entrepure Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Boulter, Robert E. Renick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7374069
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing a viscous, flowable food product such, for example, as a condiment, comprises an axially extending container that defines an opening and an interior chamber for receiving and storing the food product. A discharge assembly is coupled to the container, the discharge assembly being dimensioned and arranged to spin, relative to the container, as it receives the viscous food product from the interior chamber. The spinning motion of the discharge assembly, accompanied by a linear movement of the container itself relative to a target food item, allows the user to cleanly and evenly distribute the flowable food material onto the target item in an attractive, curvilinear deposit pattern. Optionally, the discharge assembly may be configured with a pivoting nozzle that can be moved from a position for obtaining a helical (curvilinear) deposit pattern to a position for obtaining a rectilinear deposit pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Tropical Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Alan B. Amron
  • Patent number: 7124915
    Abstract: A handle assembly for engaging a pressure container having an outlet valve, the handle assembly including a base for engaging the pressure container and a handle pivotally connected to the base so as to locate the pivotal connection at least proximal to a vertical projection of a center of mass of the pressure container. The handle assembly also includes a flow control mechanism for continuous operable engagement with the outlet valve independent of the orientation of the handle and the container about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: The Fountainhead Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario J. Restive
  • Patent number: 6945438
    Abstract: Provided is a pesticide spraying cart. In one embodiment, the comprises a pesticide tank, a retractable handle, two wheels, a recess provided between the wheels, a longitudinal hose compartment provided in a rear of the tank, a coil hose adapted to either extend out of the hose compartment by pulling or retract thereinto automatically after the force exerted on the coil hose has been released, a spray gun provided at an open end of the coil hose, a hook for holding the spray gun in an unused position, a pipe is extended from the coil hose into the tank, and a foot operated pump assembly provided in the recess. Repeatedly pressing a foot pedal to pressurize the tank, pulling the coil hose out of the hose compartment, and activating the spray gun will shoot out a uniform spray of liquid pesticide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventors: Chun-Chia Shih, Jen Yen Yen
  • Patent number: 6923340
    Abstract: An apparatus attachable to a bag containing a bulk particulate material and having a discharge spout for dispensing material from the bag generally consisting of first and second annular clamping members displaceable axially between a first, spaced apart condition permitting a portion of the spout to be drawn in position therebetween, and a second, adjacent condition clamping the spout portion position therebetween, and means for releasably retaining the members in the clamping condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: The Young Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Ambs
  • Publication number: 20040251283
    Abstract: Substantially cylindrical condiment containers with extendable and retractable pouring spouts are provided. A dispensing mechanism in each container can be actuated by simply rotating a portion of the body of the container, without the need for separate knobs or levers. The central projection of the carousel is made of a plurality of spaced vertical struts or rods to reduce weight and cost. The central projection is releasably attached to the base with a locking mechanism, and there is a like locking mechanism at the top. The central projection of one carousel can be locked into the locking mechanism at the top of another carousel to attach one carousel on top of another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Carter W. McGuyer
  • Patent number: 6640828
    Abstract: The flushing apparatus comprises a reservoir for storing liquid, the reservoir having an outlet end movable between a raised position where liquid accumulates in the reservoir, and a down position where liquid stored in the reservoir is flushed out; a counterweight for producing an effect of urging the outlet end of reservoir toward the raised position; a reservoir ballast for cancelling the effect of the counterweight when the liquid stored therein reaches a predetermined amount; a channel for channelling a liquid into an inlet of the ballast when the outlet end of the reservoir is in the raised position; and a means for preventing an overflow of the outlet end of the reservoir. There is also provided a method for flushing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Dautais
  • Patent number: 6513684
    Abstract: An endpiece for dispensing liquid pharmaceuticals contained in a receptacle, the endpiece being of the type comprising a tubular element (1) provided at a free first end (1a) with a spray nozzle (3) and at its second end (1b) with a rotary coupling (11) providing a connection with the internal delivery duct (20) of a pushbutton (2) for fitting onto the top of a tapping member mounted on said receptacle, said rotary coupling (11) being constituted by a core having a cylindrical cavity (21) fitted to said pushbutton (2) in communication with the internal delivery duct (20) and in which the second end (1b) of the tubular element (1) is engaged in touching and rotary manner, which second end is provided with means for opening said duct (20), the endpiece being characterized in that said cylindrical cavity (21) contains an axial rod (22) secured to the pushbutton (2) for being engaged inside the second end (1b) of said tubular element (1) while leaving an intermediate space (21c) through which the pharmaceutical i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Rexam Sofab
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Bougamont, Pascal Hennemann, David Leuliet
  • Patent number: 6346219
    Abstract: A fluid feed distributor improves particle and feed contacting by using a flow actuated plug to prevent back flow of fluidizable particles through a fluid feed outlet when fluid feed to a riser conduit ceases. The plug is located at or near the bottom of a riser contacting conduit where a back flow of particles can occur. The plug drops into the fluid feed outlet when fluid flow stops. The plug and a supporting stem will usually have an at least partially vertical orientation to provide the preferred gravity closure of the flow actuated plug. The plug arrangement can also provide improved feed distribution. Preferably the fluid actuated plug will act in conjunction with a fluid dispersion device. The dispersion device may be located upstream in a feed conduit that houses the plug and a fluid outlet at its downstream end. In addition, the fluid actuated plug can also serve to adjust the dispersion of feed fluid during operation of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventor: Brian W. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 6112948
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser comprising a dispenser body, the dispenser being operable to dispense a beverage via at least one outlet accessible externally of the dispenser body is described. The at least one outlet may be supported with respect to the dispenser body such that its position relative to the body can be set by a user to select one of at least two different vertical heights at which dispensing is to take place. Alternatively or additionally the dispenser may have two outlets supported with respect to the dispenser body such as to be at different vertical heights so that the user can select the vertical height at which dispensing is to take place by selection of the respective outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Premark International Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Edwin Trigell, Gary Stuart Jennings
  • Patent number: 6076710
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for distribution of viscous materials such as concrete slurry or grout mixtures onto target surfaces, the apparatus connectable to a transfer pipe leading from an external pumping mechanism. The method and apparatus includes a generally rectangular chamber having walls providing an upper wall attached to a conduit, the conduit connectable to a transfer pipe by a pivotable annulus or ring. The pivotable annulus provides rotation of the chamber in approximately 360.degree. range of motion in relation to the transfer pipe. As the concrete slurry or grout mixtures are pumped through the chamber by an external pumping mechanism, the walls direct the viscous materials out through an outlet, formed in a lower portion of the front wall, the outlet having an opening shaped for directing the viscous materials toward target surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Yates-Funderburk Concrete Finishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Lee Yates, C. Terry Funderburk
  • Patent number: 5881913
    Abstract: A coin-operated purified water dispensing machine has an exterior housing shaped like a kiosk for a mall. A state of the art water purification system is housed in the kiosk. A unique combination of an RO filter and a bladder type storage tank minimizes the necessary components to pump and measure the purified water. A unique tamper proof and bacteria resistant nozzle assembly includes a retractable nozzle having a shutter door to prevent access while in the passive mode. A pinch valve assembly controls the water flow in a non-invasive manner. Also a continuous flow of ozone to the nozzle assembly deters bacteria growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Entre Pure Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Phillip Boulter
  • Patent number: 5348200
    Abstract: A closure system for a container which is capable of being manufactured as a single integrated unit. The closure system includes a bellows member which carries a closure member between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Al Van Den Berghe
  • Patent number: 5337931
    Abstract: A dispenser valve for use in combination with a plastic dispensing bottle or container wherein the container has an elongate tubular shaped neck with an interior retention bead projecting radially inward from the surface. The mouth is relatively large to allow quick filling of the container. The valve is a push pull type valve including a central tubular member with a head attached to a dispensing end thereof and a vaned tail section attached to an opposite end. The tubular section has an inlet in the middle thereof communicating with a central passageway and the dispensing aperture. The vane section is sized somewhat larger than the width of the retaining bead or neck so as to inhibit removal of the valve from the neck. The valve preferably includes a pair of annular fins surrounding the tubular member with one of the fins extending between the tubular member and the neck so as to both support and seal therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Donald M. Kitterman
  • Patent number: 5222631
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a removable liquid container for insulated coolers which allows the dispensing or withdrawing of liquid from a separate interior container without opening the outer insulated container. The removable liquid container for insulated coolers of the invention generally comprises an uninsulated liquid container to be removably installed in the interior of a conventional insulated container and configured and dimensioned to take up only a portion of the interior of the insulated container. The invention further comprises a dispensing valve to be placed in and through the wall of the insulated container, or alternatively through the existing drainage port of the insulated container, if present, in order to discharge the liquid from within the removable interior container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Willis E. Hood
  • Patent number: 5115949
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-piece plastic cap, the lower part of which, which can be attached to a container opening, is provided with a top wall in which a passage opening is provided, the lower side of which is joined via a dip tube to the container. The top wall is, furthermore, provided with a hole diaphragm which, in the closed position of the upper part, is closed by a sealing spike protruding from its lower side and, in the open position of the upper part, interacts with a valve spike projecting from its lower side which is dimensioned shorter relative to the sealing spike so that, when pressure is exerted on the container, the ventilation valve is closed. A pre-tensioning device of the upper part interacts with the lower part so that, in the closed position of the upper part, a discharge channel in the upper part is pressed with elastic pre-tension sealingly against the top wall and, in the open position of the upper part, sealingly against the edge of the passage opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Bielsteiner Verschlusstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 5071041
    Abstract: A dunk valve mechanism is provided suitable for use in transferring fluids and fluidized material from storage. The mechanism includes a tube having an outlet and a mouth. The mouth of the tube is reciprocal from a position spaced from the fluid or fluidized material to a position submerged within the fluid or fluidized material. Also provided are devices (such as a motor in one example) to reciprocate the mouth of the tube from the position spaced from the fluid or fluidized material to the position submerged within the fluid or fluidized material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Roboserve (Canada) Limited
    Inventor: Manfred K. Garbe
  • Patent number: 5054634
    Abstract: The capsule has a capsule body provided for closing one end of a container. The capsule body includes a top wall formed with a port and from which is formed a slide for a drawer covered by a top of an envelope fixedly connected to the capsule body and formed with an incision for a control knob. The control knob controls the drawer and is associated with a cursor closing the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Societe de Conseils et d'Etudes de Emballages - S.C.E.E.
    Inventor: Jacques Margotteau
  • Patent number: 4938393
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing package for fluent material capable of bimodal operation. The package has a first mode of operation capable of storing the fluent material without leakage when the package is subjected to unintentional external forces. The package is also provided with a second mode of operation capable of dispensing the fluent material when the package is subjected to external forces intentionally applied by the user. The second mode of operation is also capable of automatically isolating substantially all of the fluent material remaining in the package from the surrounding atmosphere as soon as the intentionally applied external forces are removed. In a preferred embodiment, the package comprises a container, means for applying pressure to the fluent material in the container, a fluid conduit having an inlet end for receiving the fluent material from the container and a discharge end remote from the inlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Ericson, Paul K. Platt, Robert H. Van Coney, Elmer K. Linman
  • Patent number: 4821930
    Abstract: The device consists of a cylindrical body divided into an upper filling chamber and a lower overflow chamber by a moveable component which increases or decreases the size of the filling chamber and determines the amount of liquor to be dispensed. Once the upper chamber is visually determined to be filled a rearward pumping action of the outer body opens the releasing cap and at the same time shuts off the flow of liquor into the filling chamber. The device is attached by insertion into the neck opening of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventors: George J. Luine, John L. Luine
  • Patent number: 4811870
    Abstract: A low profile, liquid container, preferably of molded plastic construction, has rotatably mounted on it a dispensing spout which can be rotated between a pouring position and a stowed position overlying a carrying handle for the container. The rotatable spout is provided with outwardly projecting ribs which are alternately engageable with projections formed on the container to lock the spout in either the pouring or the stowed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew S. Bianco
  • Patent number: 4807787
    Abstract: An easy-open/reclosure device intended to be attached to the top lid of a container having an upstanding peripheral rim. The device includes a base portion and a moveable portion preferably hingedly attached thereto. The base portion has a dispensing aperture, a depending flange encircling the aperture, and a deformable pouring lip/drain surface. The moveable portion has a depending plug member which is shaped complementary to the base portion's aperture for reclosing the container. When the device is applied to the container, the base portion's depending flange is pushed through a prescored or pre-cut aperture in the container's top lid. In applying the device to the container, the container's peripheral rim bends the base portion's deformable pouring lip/drain surface upward and inward such that it assumes an inclined, trough-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James R. Langmeier, Mohamed N. H. Chehab, Robert C. J. M. De Caluwe, Willy A. M. Hertogs, Jean B. A. Van den Broeck, Miriam H. J. M. van Loon
  • Patent number: 4691836
    Abstract: A closure device for a receptacle is provided with a first generally annular member adapted to be fixed to the receptacle across the opening thereof. A second generally annular member is substantially coaxial with the first annular member and is adapted to be axially moved between an inward closed position and an outer open position. An elastically deformable annular membrane member has one end fixed relative to the first annular member and another end for retaining the second annular member. A fluid passageway in the closure communicates with the container interior when the first annular member is in the open position. Valve means cooperates with valve seat for closing off the passageway when the first annular member is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: Victor Wassilieff
  • Patent number: 4690313
    Abstract: The device consists of a cylindrical body divided into an upper filling chamber and a lower overflow chamber by a moveable wall which increases or decreases the size of the filling chamber and determines the amount of liquor to be dispensed. Once the upper chamber is visually determined to be filled a rearward pumping action of the outer body opens the releasing cap and at the same time shuts off the flow of liquor into the filling chamber. The device is attached by insertion into the neck opening of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventors: George J. Luine, John L. Luine
  • Patent number: 4653669
    Abstract: A molded plastic container comprises an outer container having a first end wall portion. A tubular member extends from end to end through the interior of the container. The end wall portion defines a first annular area of weakness, the tubular member communicating with the end wall adjacent the first annular area of weakness. The user may apply longitudinal pressure on the end of the tubular member opposite to the end wall to rupture the first annular area and to permit the tubular member to slidingly advance out of the container interior through the ruptured area of the end wall, to serve as a pouring spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Inventor: John W. Von Holdt
  • Patent number: 4569464
    Abstract: The device comprises a distributing element (36) fastened on to the container (34) and provided with a membrane part (39) connected to the lower end of a distributing tubular part (38), which can assume, by means of the snap bending of the membrane (39), a more inner rest position and a more outer distributing position. A sealing element (40) has a tubular part (42) suitable to be inserted inside the tubular part (38) of the distributing element (36) and protruding beyond it. On the protruding region an annular projection (44) is provided, which, during the axial motion of the sealing element (40), which can be caused either by unscrewing or by pulling out, engages and drags the tubular part (38) of the distributing element (36) snapwise to the distributing position. The sealing element (40) is then disengaged from the distributing element (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Inventor: Victor Wassilieff
  • Patent number: 4445548
    Abstract: A portioning machine and a method for filling containers with food material is disclosed. The machine is particularly useful for meat products which are packed in plastic containers having a lip or edge, and prevents the food particles remaining on this lip and hence interfering with the sealing of the package. The machine has at least two filling stations and a pumping means to supply food material, each filling station is adapted to hold a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Inventor: Franz Neumann
  • Patent number: 4300546
    Abstract: A hand-held aerosol dispenser, especially for medicament in the treatment of disorders requiring inhalation such as asthma, comprises a housing formed with a receptacle for the medicament and an electrically powered ultrasonic nebulizer for atomizing the liquid medicament. The housing receives a replaceable cassette or cartridge-type battery for energizing the control circuit. The housing has a compartment for enabling easy replacement of the battery and a simply opening and closing valve, from which the mist is discharged, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Assignee: Carl Heyer GmbH Inhalationstechnik
    Inventor: H. W. Kruber
  • Patent number: 4273267
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for extracting and proportioning pulverulent products comprising a hopper and coaxial screws with threads of opposite directions, driven in rotation in a cylindrical conduit, which screws are separated from each other by the wall of a tube coaxial to the screws and to the conduit, the screw of smaller diameter rotating inside the tube to convey the product therein in one direction and the screw of larger diameter rotating outside said tube to convey the product in the opposite direction, in the space defined between the tube and the conduit, said latter comprising on its periphery at least one orifice for the flow of the product, wherein said screws are composed of wires helically wound in the manner of a spring, and the tube in which the so-called extraction screw, of smaller diameter, is mounted, comprises on its periphery and on the hopper side an opening for the inlet of the product, in front of which said screws extend at least partially, which product, after hav
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme dite: Transitube-Project
    Inventor: Gilbert G. Conca
  • Patent number: 4257534
    Abstract: Seeds within a package are dispensed through a seed tube dispenser in the form of a tubular member having a long straight portion for insertion into the seed package and an angled end portion with a dispensing opening. When the package is tilted and the dispensing opening adjusted seeds are dispensed at the rate required by rotating the seed tube within the package which is folded and clamped to prevent spillage of seeds and to act as a journal for rotating the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Inventor: Gayland M. Williams
  • Patent number: 4055282
    Abstract: The hermetically sealed plastic container of the present invention has a body portion, a neck portion and a dispensing head all integrally formed. The containers furthermore preferably and advantageously are formed, filled and sealed in one continuous operation, automatically. The dispensing head is integrally molded with and atop the neck portion, and has an inside diameter which substantially corresponds with the outside diameter of the side wall of the neck portion so as to slidably and frictionally receive the neck portion within the dispensing head. A severable annular groove is provided between the neck portion and the dispensing head, with this annular groove being proportioned such that it can be severed by exerting a downward force on the dispensing head. Simultaneously, as the dispensing head is forcibly urged downwardly to sever the annular groove, the dispensing head is forcibly urged downwardly about the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Assignee: Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Komendowski
  • Patent number: 4022357
    Abstract: A retractable pouring spout closure for dispensing liquid products from containers in a safe and controlled manner. The closure consists of a plastic nozzle with integrally molded captive cap for friction fit engagement within a container wall opening. A tearing diaphragm seals off the upper end of the nozzle and has a cylindrical wall depending from its lower surface within the confines of the nozzle throat. A retractable pouring spout has its upper end tightly surrounding the depending cylinderical wall in stored position so as to require breaking of the diaphragm seal prior to unplugging the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Assignee: American Flange & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Davis B. Dwinell