With Cutting Or Punching Or With Cutter Or Puncher Accommodating Means Patents (Class 222/541.2)
  • Patent number: 10858156
    Abstract: The first embodiment of the current invention discloses a container/bottle (1) with a large spout (4) and a small spout (5) for pouring a liquid, powder or granular solid with minimal spilling or dripping. The second embodiment discloses a cap (9) with two spouts, and the third embodiment discloses an insertable spout unit (10) with two spouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Angad Singh
  • Patent number: 10752398
    Abstract: A pouring element for a composite packaging, in particular a beverage carton for liquid foodstuffs is shown and described, comprising a basic body having a fastening flange and a pouring tube, a cutting element which is arranged and guided in the pouring tube and a closure cap which can be joined to the basic body, wherein during actuation for the first time, the cutting element can be driven by first drive means formed on the closure cap and by second drive means formed on the inner wall of the cutting element and wherein the movement of the cutting element follows different gradients, and a composite packaging is also shown and described, in particular a beverage carton for liquid foodstuffs, having a pack gable-top panel which is suitable for receiving a pouring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Philippe Hauser, Felix Rigling, Markus Wassum
  • Patent number: 10543691
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to eject ink to record an image, an ink tank including an filling port for injection of the ink and configured to contain the ink to be supplied to the recording head, a cap configured to close the filling port, and a connection portion configured to connect the cap to the ink tank or a main body of the apparatus. The inkjet recording apparatus includes a rib provided adjacently to the filling port, the connection portion biases the cap in a direction separating from the filling port, and the cap removed from the filling port releases the filling port while being in contact with the rib by biasing of the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Tanaka, Hideaki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9650188
    Abstract: A sealed liquid container with a bottle, base, piercer, and cap. The bottle is a blow-fill-seal container with a body, dispensing head connected to the body by a neck, and a fluid chamber. The base has a socket that accepts the dispensing head and permanently attaches to the bottle by one or more fingers extending radially into the socket and under the shoulder of the dispensing head. A keying mechanism prevents the base from rotating on the bottle. The piercer has an axially-extending, sharpened, hollow tube. In shipping mode, the piercer is turned onto the base until the tube tip is touching the dispensing head. To use, the piercer is turned until the tube tip penetrates the dispensing head into the fluid chamber, and the piercer locking mechanism is engaged to prevent removal of the piercer. A cap turns onto the piercer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Healthstar, Inc.
    Inventors: William J Grabowski, Peter J DeCoste
  • Patent number: 9511907
    Abstract: A spout assembly for a flexible bag having a base flange, a body and a dual lead thread. The base flange has a top surface and a bottom surface. At least one of the top surface and the bottom surface are configured for coupling to a flexible bag. The body extends from the base flange and includes a proximal end corresponding to the base flange and a distal end spaced apart therefrom, and, an inner surface and an outer surface. The dual lead thread extends along the outer surface of the body between the proximal end and the distal end. The dual lead thread has a first threadform and a second threadform. The first threadform has a first threadform length. The second threadform has a second threadform length. The length of the first threadform is different than that of the second threadform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Scholle IPN Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Erickson, Chris Murray, David Bellmore
  • Patent number: 9352354
    Abstract: A system and method for providing custom colored sealant are generally provided with a dispensing container, containing a quantity of sealant base solution. A nozzle, is shaped and sized to be removably secured with an open end portion of the dispensing container. A supplemental container is provided that contains a quantity of sealant thickener. A quantity of at least one coloring agent is added to the dispensing container and mixed with the sealant base solution, by agitating the dispensing container, until a desired color is attained. The sealant thickener is then added and the dispensing container is then agitated again. The nozzle is then coupled with the dispensing container and the custom-colored sealant is ready to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SASHCO, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Summons, Elliot P. Summons, Heather E. Burik
  • Patent number: 8950220
    Abstract: A system for dispensing substances into a washing machine is disclosed. A plurality of preferably different sized or shaped cartridges are located within removable drawers. Each cartridge contains a particular substance, such as laundry detergent, bleach, or fabric softener, that is released into the washing machine. The system also includes a means to identify the substance contained within the cartridge as well as when and how much of the substance should be released into the washing machine. At the appropriate time, the system dispenses an appropriate amount of substance into the washing machine. A pump pulls the substance out of the container and into the washing basin of a washing machine. Alternatively, a valve is opened and the substance pours into the washing basin due to gravitational forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Burgess
  • Patent number: 8943858
    Abstract: A cartridge system for dispensing substances into a washing machine is disclosed. One or more preferably different sized or shaped cartridges are located within removable drawers contained in a washing machine. Each cartridge contains a particular substance, such as laundry detergent, bleach, or fabric softener, that is released into the washing machine. The cartridge system also includes a means to identify the substance contained within the cartridge as well as when and how much of the substance should be released into the washing machine. At the appropriate time, the system dispenses an appropriate amount of substance into the washing machine. A pump pulls the substance out of the container and into the washing basin of a washing machine. Alternatively, a valve is opened and the substance pours into the washing basin due to gravitational forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Burgess
  • Patent number: 8844761
    Abstract: Resealable beverage containers include caps that are twisted to impart translational motion of the cap to push a tear panel into the container. Cam elements are used to convert rotational movement to translational movement. The caps are preferably made of molded plastic material, and include cam elements formed on the sidewalls of the caps that engage cam followers or projections formed on the inner cylindrical surface of a socket which is formed in the lid of the beverage container. Methods of manufacturing resealable beverage containers avoid the need to form rivets and to attach pull tabs, thus saving costs and making the beverage containers more easily recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Patent number: 8800612
    Abstract: A container is provided that is used as a container permitting easy transfer into another container without spilling of contents at the time of work of refilling. The present invention relates to a container that is fitted in a container body of tubular shape having an open end, a bottom part and a side wall and that transfers contents into a preservation container. This container has: a funnel component (201) provided with a funnel (220) whose diameter decreases from a larger opening side toward a smaller opening side and provided with a plurality of ribs (228) that extend radially from the center of an opening part (222) on the smaller opening side of the funnel (220) so as to bridge a part with another part of the inner surface of the opening part (222) on the smaller opening side; and a container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Saito, Noriyuki Sasaki, Masashi Goto, Takashi Terayama, Daiji Takeuchi, Toyoaki Naito
  • Patent number: 8770450
    Abstract: A gable top or other container having a spout fitment is disclosed. The spout includes a base, a chute, a closure, and a tear line. The base is adapted to be joined to a wall of a container, and defines an opening. The chute communicates with the opening. The chute has a first end at least partially surrounding the opening and a second end spaced from the first end. The closure is positioned to close the chute. The tear line defines a seal of the closure. The tear line is adapted to be broken readily, without relative rotation between the closure and the chute of the spout about an axis generally perpendicular to the base, to open the spout. The base, spout, closure, and tear line can be injection molded as one integrally formed piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Capitol Plastic Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Herve Pichot
  • Publication number: 20140144944
    Abstract: Systems, methods and kits for orally delivering material via a pliable valve comprising a primary passageway, a secondary passageway, a primary valve oriented within the primary passageway, a secondary valve oriented within the secondary passageway, a first surface feature on an exterior surface of the bite valve, and a second surface feature on the exterior surface of the bite valve, wherein pressure applied to the first surface position opens a primary valve and pressure applied to the second surface position opens the primary and secondary valves are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Rx Hydration, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Patrick ROGERS, Brain Charles HOLM
  • Patent number: 8672167
    Abstract: A self-opening and re-sealable pouring element of plastics material for application to a pack for liquids, and in particular a composite card/plastics material pack, has a base part which has an attaching flange, having a cutting element and a screw cap, the cutting element being rotatably arranged in the interior of the base part and operatively connected to the screw cap such that when the screw cap is unscrewed for the first time, an opening for pouring is produced by the cutting element in the material of the pack, wherein, when produced in an injection mold, the cutting element is already entirely arranged in the interior of the base part and is spaced away from the base part by a plurality of connecting bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Markus Leuenberger, Markus Wassum
  • Publication number: 20140069964
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for dispensing a viscous fluid whether in combination, disassembly or assembly. The apparatus comprising a cartridge, reservoir or tube containing the fluid and having an openable or opened outlet structure which, when opened, allows the expression of the fluid from a created outlet aperture. A nozzle is engaged or engageable to the outlet structure and/or cartridge, reservoir or tube whereby fluid expressed from the outlet aperture can subsequently move to and be expressed from the nozzle outlet. The openable or opened outlet structure is adapted to provide on opening at least one outlet aperture having a size of area A; and wherein the nozzle has or is adapted to be cut to provide a nozzle outlet of area B, area B being greater than or equal to area A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Leo Haynes
  • Patent number: 8646634
    Abstract: An integral inner seal opening means within a sport closure cap for containers having a cylindrical mouth opening, for which a tamper evident inner seal with a reinforced rim secures the mouth opening. The closure cap holds a plurality of protrusions, preferably three, extending towards the inner seal, each having cutting edges of which the lower one is at a smaller radius. These protrusions engage with the tamper evident inner seal, when the cap is rotated clockwise, thereby cutting off part of the inner seal rim edge and at the same time cutting three banana shape slots in the inner seal. For single serve beverage bottles with tamper evident inner seal and a sport closure, there is no need to unscrew the cap for opening the inner seal and getting access to the beverage. Initially the reinforced inner seal rim is used to prevent protrusions from accidentally opening the bottle inner seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Essebaggers, Kateryna O. Davydova
  • Patent number: 8528783
    Abstract: A package for dispensing a flowable material is disclosed. The package includes an interior chamber for holding the flowable material, a coupling insert located within the chamber and a piercing member. The piercing member includes a dispensing tube and is arranged to pierce through the package to communicate with the chamber and thereafter to snap-connect to the coupling insert. The contents of the package can then be dispensed from the package via the dispensing tube. The coupling insert is arranged to be moved to any desired position within the chamber. The package's wall may be constructed, e.g., be transparent and/or include target indicia thereon, to facilitate the positioning of the coupling insert at the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8496129
    Abstract: Provided are a cap capable of being easily and reliably opened and unsealed not limited in design even if an inner cap with a small diameter is used for the cap, producing no refuse after the unsealing, and not unnecessarily large in size, and a container with the cap. When an over cap (3) is rotated in the opening direction, a pair of screw threads (10a, 10b) as opening means are advanced in the direction in which they are tightened together, and this cuts off a planned opening section (4) from the inner cap (2). Thus, the cap has a relatively simple structure and can be simply and reliably unsealed by small force. Also, the planned opening section (4) is integrated with the over cap (3) after unsealing the inner cap (2), so that no refuse is produced after the unsealing, eliminating the need to clear it away from a table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Tokan Kogyo Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamitsu Isogai, Masayuki Someya
  • Patent number: 8302813
    Abstract: A connecting device for ensuring proper connection of liquid containers is provided. The connecting device comprises a bottle closure having a dip tube passage and a first key code pattern at the top. A rupturable film is disposed in the bottle closure. A connector is provided for coupling with the bottle closure. The connector has an upper member and a lower member. The bottom surface of the upper member has a second key code pattern configured to mate with the first key code pattern. The lower member is pivotally coupled to the upper member. A dip tube penetrates the upper member of the connector. A pre-check member having a puncturing structure for puncturing through the rupturable film is also provided. The pre-check member has a key code pattern substantially identical to the second key code pattern to mate with the first key code pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Chun-Hung Chen
  • Publication number: 20120074176
    Abstract: Internally pierced formed blisters containing fluid compositions for use in devices to produce a spray or mist delivery of the compositions include internal piercing nozzles that can have significantly reduced channel volume to increase pressure of the fluid forced through the nozzle and provide finer control of spray geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy R. Sullivan, James Durham
  • Patent number: 8020729
    Abstract: A pouring nozzle with a flange and an internal thread and an external thread, and also a cutting element having an upper rim and a lower rim formed with teeth. A screw cap with catches acts on catches of the cutting element. To make fitting easier, the cutting element and the pouring nozzle are produced as a one-piece semifinished product, wherein the cutting element is connected to the lower rim by weakened bridges so that the lower rim of the cutting element lies in a plane with the upper rim of the pouring nozzle and the teeth are protected in the pouring nozzle. This structural design allows an easy fitting which also reduces the reject rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Deltona Innovations AG
    Inventor: Werner Fritz Dubach
  • Patent number: 8016159
    Abstract: A closure for a container having an opening includes a base cap and an overcap that form a chamber adjacent the opening which is sealed from the contents of the container by a frangible membrane having an inclined line of weakness and by a hinge member having a pocket extending downward adjacent lower and upper terminuses of the line of weakness. The overcap includes a cutting member received within the pocket that severs the line of weakness upon substantial rotation of the overcap with respect to the base cap. A pushing member may cooperate with a cam member to deflect open the membrane upon severance. The pocket may include a stop for the cutting member. The base cap may include a cylindrical structure having an upwardly inwardly projection member to form a seal with an thickened upper portion of the overcap skirt to protect against penetration into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Xiaoli Ma
  • Patent number: 7997447
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing a substance includes a storage chamber for the substance. The container includes a passageway in fluid communication with the storage chamber. The container includes a pierceable wall located on an opposite side of the passageway relative to the storage chamber. The device includes a one-way valve assembly including a piercing portion. At least one of the piercing portion and the pierceable wall is movable relative to the other between a first position wherein the pierceable portion is not piercing the pierceable wall, and a second position wherein the pierceable portion is piercing the pierceable wall allowing the flow of substance from the storage chamber. A removable member is disposed intermediate the valve and the container that prevents movement of at least one of the piercing portion and pierceable wall to the second position until the removable member is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Miles J. Flamenbaum, Eric E. Hartman, Nathaniel Houle
  • Publication number: 20110110180
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus, puncturing mechanism, and cartridge are disclosed. The mixing apparatus has a housing and a drawer with a recess. Corresponding cartridges may be inserted into the drawer and slid into the housing to facilitate mixing a liquid with contents of the cartridge. The liquid may originate from a reservoir in the mixing apparatus or a direct line. Also inside the housing of the mixing apparatus is the puncturing mechanism. The puncturing mechanism has a nozzle configured to puncture a lid of a cartridge and inject liquid to mix with the contents of the cartridge. The puncturing mechanism is further configured to drive an internal puncturing unit inside of the cartridge through a lower portion of the cartridge to allow liquid from the nozzle and contents of the cartridge to be dispensed into a receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas Snider, Nikki Lamb, Aaron Lamb
  • Patent number: 7934616
    Abstract: A flip-top closure for composite and cardboard packaging, which permits the automatic opening of a package by flipping open the lid of the closure, includes a frame base element, which is designed to be welded by its level underside to composite or card-board packaging, and has a continuous peripheral overhang that protrudes upwards in order to form a pouring neck with an interior opening. A cover that flips open and closes is fixed to the base element. A guide, or tongue, element is pivotally mounted on the base element extends over the interior expanse of the overhang and friction-fit elements act between the tongue, or guide, element and the cover to pivot the tongue downwardly by force when the cover is flipped open for tearing and pivoting away a piece of the packaging lying below the tongue or guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Josef Felber
  • Patent number: 7883504
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for a percutaneous absorption preparation, provided with a solution storage container which can exhibit good solution migration independently of the level of force. The device for a percutaneous absorption preparation comprises an electrode film comprising a base member (1) and an electrode layer (2) and having a dissolution liquid passage hole (9), a drug impregnation member (3) mounted on the electrode layer (2) side of the electrode film, and a dissolution liquid storage container (5) bonded to the base member (1) side of the electrode film via a lid member (7) covering the solution passage hole (9). The dissolution liquid storage container (5) comprises a bottom and a sidewall. A protrusion (5b) which faces the dissolution liquid passage hole (9) is provided at the center of the bottom, and the sidewall is provided with a vertically folded part (5c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignees: Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., Kyodo Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Tokumoto, Hirotoshi Adachi, Yasushi Fuchita, Tatsuya Ogawa, Hitoshi Otomo
  • Publication number: 20100224629
    Abstract: A liquid pack with a filling gland having a post fill sealed membrane interposed between the product and the, or a, surround of the opening into die filling gland. An insertor integral part of the filling gland defines a dispensing gland, piercing adaptor and/or collar. This has been both (i) engaged to said filling gland if not integral therewith and (ii) had a surround of its opening sealed to said membrane. In use a suitable piercer to be guided by or received said dispensing gland, piercer adaptor and/or collar can pierce said membrane to allow egress of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Peter John Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7789269
    Abstract: A fitment for package holding a liquid and a package including such a fitment. The fitment is a metering dispensing valve arranged to be secured to a flexible bag for selectively dispensing a metered quantity of the liquid therefrom. It includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member which when actuated pierces through the bag to enable a metered amount of the liquid to be drawn into a reservoir in the bulb. The bulb can then be compressed to dispense the metered amount of liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing valve also includes a inlet valve to the reservoir and an outlet valve from the reservoir. The fitment may include a pair of barriers to enable it to be sterilized before being secured to the bag form an aseptic package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Patent number: 7775398
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing a substance includes a storage chamber for the substance. The container includes a passageway in fluid communication with the storage chamber. The container includes a pierceable wall located on an opposite side of the passageway relative to the storage chamber. The device includes a one-way valve assembly including a piercing portion. At least one of the piercing portion and the pierceable wall is movable relative to the other between a first position wherein the pierceable portion is not piercing the pierceable wall, and a second position wherein the pierceable portion is piercing the pierceable wall allowing the flow of substance from the storage chamber. A removable member is disposed intermediate the valve and the container that prevents movement of at least one of the piercing portion and pierceable wall to the second position until the removable member is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Miles J. Flamenbaum, Eric E. Hartman, Nathaniel Houle
  • Publication number: 20100186597
    Abstract: The present invention relates to container (1) for storing and unloading bulk material comprising: —a vessel (2) presenting a closed end (3) and an opened end (4), —a hopper (5) placed inside the vessel (2) and tapering to a discharge outlet in direction of the vessel opened end (4), —a tearable membrane (7) closing the hopper (5) and the vessel (2). The invention relates also to a tank to be refilled by said container and a method for refilling the tank with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Michiel Kernkamp, Peter Jaggy
  • Patent number: 7591398
    Abstract: A container closure assembly that includes a base that is adapted to be connected to a container, a spout extending upwardly from the base, and a cap removably secured on the spout. The spout defines an interior and includes a nozzle, the interior of which is spanned by a membrane that includes at least one score line defined therein. The cap includes a ring depending from and frangibly connected thereto, and includes a puncturing mechanism depending downwardly from a top thereof. Rotation of the cap in a first direction breaks the frangible connection between the cap and ring and causes the puncturing mechanism to puncture the membrane. In a preferred embodiment, the membrane includes a pair of intersecting score lines that tear when the membrane is punctured. In another preferred embodiment, the container closure assembly includes a leash that connects the cap and ring and that has a thickness and a width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: PouchSmart, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Pritikin, Scott Taylor, Walter Horne, Dave Palang
  • Patent number: 7549558
    Abstract: A pouring closure includes a flange for welding onto a combipack or to the foil material of a container sealed with the foil material, along with an upwardly projecting circular rim thereon and a rotatable combined lid and pouring nozzle that can be clipped onto the upwardly projecting circular rim, which forms a piercing edge arrangement. This piercing edge arrangement includes a part of a cap lid, which can be opened from the lid surface around a swinging axis. Two piercing cutters are on the lower side of this part of the cap lid behind its swinging axis and near the edge of the cap rim and are able to be folded up beyond a level of the lower side of the flange and to pierce the combipack or the membrane liner running below the flange. Thereafter, the lid and pouring nozzle is rotated on the flange rim, so that the two piercing cutters cut-out a disc, of approximately 360°, from the combipack or the membrane liner after the folding upwards movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Mario Weist
  • Patent number: 7506782
    Abstract: A single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container, an axial movable cap attached to the shell, a dust cover preventing premature actuation of the cap, and a sealing member coupled to the cap. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The axial movable cap is formed from a material with a higher oxygen and moisture barrier property than the material forming the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald J Walters, Robert J Smith
  • Patent number: 7484641
    Abstract: A closable opening device having a frame defining a through hole and fitted about a pierceable portion of a sealed package for pourable food products; a removable threaded cap which screws onto the frame to close the hole; and a tubular cutting member screwed inside the hole and rotated by the cap to travel through the pierceable portion. The cutting member has an end cutting edge, in turn having a main blade, and a number of teeth located behind the main blade and decreasing gradually in height so as to act successively on the pierceable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • Patent number: 7427005
    Abstract: A closure for dispensing product from a container having a film seal across the mouth of the container finish includes a base having a deck that is adapted to overlie the film seal on the container finish and a dispensing opening in the deck. A lid is secured by a hinge to an edge of the base for overlying the deck. A spud is aligned with the dispensing opening and secured to the cover by one or more frangible elements. The spud is adapted, after rupture of the frangible elements, to move into the dispensing opening in the deck either directly or through an intervening spout, to pierce the film seal, and thereafter to function as a plug seal when the lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Lohrman
  • Patent number: 7360671
    Abstract: A liquid reservoir comprising a container (20) forming a chamber for holding the liquid (27). The container has a top wall (23) that closes the upper end of the chamber, a liquid outlet (35) in fluid communication with a lower en d of the chamber, and an air supply duct (47) through which air can enter the lower end of the chamber. In use, the reservoir finds an equilibrium position in which, due to a reduction in pressure in an air space (29) formed above the liquid (27) at the closed, upper end of the chamber, the column of liquid in the chamber is supported by atmospheric pressure acting at the opening of the air supply duct (47) to the lower end of the chamber. This opening is achieved by breaking a frangible seal (32) across the duct (47) by the axial insertion of the liquid outlet (35). While the seal was unbroken the container offered a self-contained capsule of liquid for replacement fitting with the liquid outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Slade
  • Patent number: 7337921
    Abstract: A closure for a container having an opening includes a base cap and an overcap that form a sealed chamber adjacent the opening that is isolated from the contents of the container. The base cap includes an outer skirt having container-engaging structure, a cylindrical well, a frangible membrane connected to the well along an inclined line of weakness and by a hinge member. The hinge member includes a pocket extending downward adjacent lower and upper terminuses of the line of weakness. The overcap includes a body having gripping structure, an inner skirt received within and rotatably connected to the well, and a cutting member depending from a lower end of the inner skirt received within the pocket such that the cutting member extends below the upper terminus. The cutting member severs the line of weakness upon substantial rotation of the overcap with respect to the base cap. A method of using the closure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Xiaoli Ma
  • Patent number: 7261226
    Abstract: A closure for a container having a foil or membrane sealed opening. The closure includes a cap, a spout and a stem. The stem includes a downwardly extending piercing structure adapted for piercing the foil or membrane of the container upon rotation of the spout relative to the cap. The cap includes a cap top, a cap skirt depending from the cap top, an open sleeve and a stem guide. The open sleeve has an inwardly extending thread adapted to detachably engage the container. The open sleeve extends upwardly from the cap top. The stem guide extends along an internal surface of the sleeve. The spout rotatably engages the sleeve and includes a spout top having an aperture, an outer spout skirt and an inner skirt. The outer skirt depends from the spout top radially outward of the sleeve and rotatably engages the sleeve. The inner spout skirt depends from the spout top radially within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Adams, Mike Xiaoli Ma
  • Patent number: 7249690
    Abstract: A independent off bottle single use unit dosage dispensing closure includes a shell attached to a container, an axial movable cap attached to the shell, a sealing member coupled to the cap, and a removable retainer attached to the shell. The shell has an inner guide in communication with the container and the cap is moveable along the guide. The cap has a chamber adapted to dispense material into the container. The chamber is sealed with the sealing member extending across a lower open end thereof, wherein axial movement of the cap along the inner guide member will open the chamber and dispense the contents of the chamber into the container. The retainer prevents relative movement between the cap and the shell until the retainer has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Erie County Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J Smith, Ron J Walters
  • Patent number: 7204392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pressure pack aerosol can comprised of a body blank (2), of a dome (3) for accommodating a valve (4), of an inwardly arched bottom (5), of an inner sleeve (7), which is arranged on a disk (6), and of a tappet (9), which is arranged inside the inner sleeve (7), which is provided for splitting open said inner sleeve (7) and which can be displaced therethrough by the disk (6). According to the invention, the inner sleeve (7) is joined to the disk (6) via a spring cage (11), and the spring cage (11) contains a release mechanism (12), which is spring-mounted and which acts upon the tappet (9). Said tappet (9), in turn, acts upon a cover (8), which is arranged on the can-side end of the inner sleeve (7), and splits the cover open when actuated. A diaphragm (15) is arranged between the tappet (9) and the release mechanism (12) and hermetically seals the inner sleeve (7), on its disk-side end, off from the contents of the pressure pack aerosol can (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Peter Kwasny GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kwasny, Christian Maras
  • Patent number: 7188750
    Abstract: A container assembly includes a container body having a port or aperture adapted for use with a luer end of a needleless syringe. The aperture is sealed to a closure top by a first frangible seal. An overcap has a cap base sealed to the container body and an upper cap connected to the cap base by a second frangible seal, providing a sterile barrier surrounding the first frangible seal. The second frangible seal is broken by depressing the upper cap toward the container body. Alternatively, the second frangible seal is a removable tear strip broken by tugging on the tear strip. The upper cap includes a detent portion frictionally securing the upper cap to the closure top when the upper cap is depressed toward the container body. The upper cap and secured closure top are removed from container body by twisting the upper cap to break the first frangible seal and open the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hospira, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Vogel, Jeffery Setesak, Gregory G. Pieper
  • Patent number: 7152767
    Abstract: A guarantee closure having a closure body with a guarantee foil and a pour-out spout as well as a closure cap fitting onto the closure body. The pour-out spout is arranged on the closure body such that it may be pivoted up. The guarantee foil, by pivoting-up the pour-out spout into the pour-out position, is cut open and thus frees the passage to the pour-out spout. The closure body comprises a relief for receiving the guarantee foil and forms above the relief, by two shoulders arranged over one another and distanced from one another, a free space for receiving the lying pour-out spout. This is enclosed and held by a film-hinge material bridge which in the lying condition connects the two shoulders with a surface which seen from the outside is concave and on the upper side of the lying pour-out spout runs together to a point which defines the pivoting axis of the pour-out spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Patent number: 7077291
    Abstract: The present invention provides a package assembly that incorporates a foamable topping under pressure and provides the consumer with a fresh, foamed topping when the package is opened. In one version, the topping material is carried under pressure on top of the liquid contents of the package, and foams when the package is opened. In other versions the topping is carried within the cap or cover of the package, and is selectively dispensed by the consumer after the package has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventors: Scott A. Bell, James E. Hawes
  • Patent number: 7073686
    Abstract: A pouring spout for use in providing a conduit for the discharge of the contents of a closed container containing fluids or granulated materials includes a cylindrical inner housing having an open top end and a removable tethered cap. A pair of opposing punch blades affixed to the cylindrical inner housing is provided for insertion into a top surface of a container where the cylindrical inner housing and the punch blades serve to provide a discharge conduit for the container. A projection spur is formed on each of the punch blades for forcing open the top surface of the container. An outer safety sleeve is provided for covering the punch blades when the punch blades are withdrawn from the top surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Edward G. Hanell
  • Patent number: 7048898
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for preparing a fluid for a medical procedure by mixing of at least one medicament in the form of powder with water, the medicament is held in a vessel which defines a bottom, a side wall, and a top opening which is closed by an membrane for sealing the inside of the vessel. The apparatus includes an opener for opening the membrane of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignees: Teijin Linited, Aksys Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohiko Moriyama, Tetsuya Yano, Ken Imai, Tsuneo Deguchi
  • Patent number: 6976606
    Abstract: A tote bin liner having a liner wall to form a container, the liner wall including a transfer spigot which provides a passage from inside the liner to a tote bin outlet, the transfer spigot being adapted to have a valve mounted thereto to provide a controlled outlet from the tote bin outlet, the transfer spigot including a tubular body which defines the passage, the tubular body having a first opening on a distal end thereof; an annular surface located around the opening; a rupturable membrane sealed to the annular surface by a continuous seal around the first opening, the continuous seal being located on the annular surface; the tubular body being shaped and configured such that when in use and the valve is mounted to the body, a seal on the valve will clamp the membrane against the annular surface, wherein the annular surface has a radially inner portion and a radially outer portion, and the continuous seal is operatively located on the radially outer portion, while the radially inner portion is adapted to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Visy Films & Laminates Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ian Anderson
  • Patent number: 6962275
    Abstract: A coupling apparatus for fluid dispensing with a disposable connector on the fluid line or fluid dispensing system side. The coupling apparatus includes an insert body that is connectable with a disposable connector device. The insert body includes a recess area defined between a first inner sidewall and a second inner sidewall. The second inner sidewall extends coaxially with the first inner sidewall, and has an aperture defining an opening through a first and second end. The connector device includes a connector body connected with an adapter portion. The connector body includes a beveled end that is insertable through the aperture of the second inner sidewall. The adapter portion is disposed proximate and extends past the beveled end, where the beveled end is recessed within the adapter portion. An insertion space is defined between the beveled end and an outer wall defined by the adapter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventors: Charles Peter deCler, Robert K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6918710
    Abstract: An improved package, suitable for holding a treatment fluid comprising a volatile solvent and kits comprising the package containing the treatment fluid and an applicator are disclosed. The package comprises a reservoir for the liquid which is sealed by a ruturable seal. A cap, coupled to one end of the reservoir, is in the form of a sleeve which is axially translatable along the reservoir from first to second positions. A cutting tool integrated with the cap ruptures the rupturable seal as the cap is moved from first to second positions so that the liquid can thereby be made accessible through an opening in an end wall of the cap. The package provides excellent protection for volatile liquids, yet can be easily opened by a simple press-action, instantly providing access to the liquid so that it can subsequently accessed by a liquid applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kate Budds, Mark Jarvis, Roland Stark
  • Patent number: 6883682
    Abstract: A tote bin liner has a transfer spigot (2) through which product may be introduced into or emptied from the liner. The transfer spigot has a membrane (6) which seals the interior of the liner. The membrane is sealed to the spigot on an outer face (11) of the spigot which is configured so that the membrane will be clamped in position during piercing of the membrane by a cutter. The invention extends to a cutter assembly for use with a tote bin liner. The cutter assembly (40) may be adapted to be moved past a valve closure member (22) for the valve (20), the assembly furthermore including an arrangement (78) for sterilising the interior of the valve and the outer face of the membrane, and an actuator (43) for moving the cutter in order to pierce the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Visy Films & Laminates Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ian Anderson
  • Patent number: 6868993
    Abstract: A plastic pail having a dispensing closure and a diametrically opposed puncture zone to enable surge free pouring. The dispensing closure has a flexible pouring spout and threaded overcap. The spout dispensing passage is closed off by a tear out sealing diaphragm in initial shipping condition The puncture zone is surrounded by an upstanding retaining collar dimensioned to receive the separated tear out diaphragm which acts as a protective cover for the punctured anti-glug vent during storage and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: American Flange Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Davis B. Dwinell
  • Patent number: 6811342
    Abstract: The invention provides a transportable applicator system in intended in particular for applying a composition on a localized surface element. It comprises a main body (10) extended by a rod handle (12) and a receptacle (14) in which said main body (10) is suitable for being inserted. The applicator system comprises: a puncturable container (18) containing said composition and held in said receptacle (14); applicator means (13) for applying said composition and secured to the end of said main body; and means (22, 20) for puncturing said container (18) when the main body (10) is forced into said receptacle (14) so as to puncture said puncturable container (18), whereby said applicator means (13) are suitable for being impregnated with said composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Taiki Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventor: Bernard Pauchet