With Flow Controller Or Closure Patents (Class 222/544)
  • Patent number: 10394186
    Abstract: A powder container is for use with an image forming apparatus, and the image forming apparatus includes a driving protrusion that is rotatable and that protrudes toward an upstream side in an insertion direction in which the powder container is inserted. The powder container includes a container body to store powder, a cap attached to the container body, and a transmitted structure provided on the cap to contact the driving protrusion. The transmitted structure extends outward from an outer circumference of the powder container. The cap is rotatable relative to the container body in a predetermined angular range. The rotation of the cap relative to the container body is restricted so that the container body rotates along with the rotation of the cap when the rotation of the cap exceeds the predetermined angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo Takami, Kiyonori Tsuda, Ryoichi Teranishi, Junichi Matsumoto, Toshio Koike, Yutaka Takahashi, Junji Yamabe, Akihiro Kawakami, Keinosuke Kondoh, Atsushi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10267433
    Abstract: A valve in conjunction with an actuator has a valve position indicator coupled to the actuator. The valve position indicator has an indicator cover mounted over an indicator mounting surface, an array of LED lights arranged on the indicator mounting surface, and a mirror mounted internal and concentric to the indicator cover. A sensor in communication with the actuator and the plurality of LED lights communicates the position of the valve to the plurality of LED lights. The plurality of LED lights may illuminate to indicate an incremental degree that the valve is open, if any, and/or indicate by color the direction that the opening (or respective closing) of the valve is changing. In another embodiment with or without the mirror equiangular spaced single points of light each have one high intensity LED oriented to emit light horizontally and one high intensity LED oriented to emit light vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bray International, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Brown, Dan Walker, James F. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150097007
    Abstract: A sport bottle defining a cavity with top open end to contain a liquid. A cap closes the cavity, said cap having a body with a spout. A conduit extends transversely through the cap and opened on opposed sides of a circumference of the body of the cap, the conduit being in fluid communication with the spout and having a passage in fluid communication with the cavity. A valve is formed of two pistons disposed onto a shaft, the pistons being sized to sealingly define with the conduit an interstitial space, the valve is displaceable by pressing the ends between a closed configuration in which the pistons block liquid from the cavity from entering the interstitial space, and a dispensing configuration in which the interstitial space is aligned with the passage and the spout to allow liquid from the cavity to reach the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: LOUIS GARNEAU SPORTS INC.
    Inventors: Louis Garneau, Geoffroy Dussault
  • Publication number: 20150041499
    Abstract: Systems for storing beverages are disclosed, which include a container for storing, transporting and dispensing a beverage, e.g. beer. In some implementations the container includes a pressure-tight lid closure system including wire bails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Hill, John Herrick
  • Publication number: 20150041502
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing flowable substances, having a nozzle having an exit opening for dispensing the substances from the nozzle in the region of a free nozzle end, and a closure part that can be moved by means of a control element, disposed outside of the nozzle. The closure part releases the exit opening in an open position and closes the exit opening in a closed position. The control element has a frame, a transfer medium that brings about shape fit and has wheels, the transfer medium generates angle synchronicity of wheels mounted in the frame so as to pivot, a drive for the transfer medium, for pivoting the respective wheel in two opposite pivot directions, a bearing element for the closure part, mounted in wheels so as to pivot. The bearing element is mounted about pivot axles in the wheels, so as to pivot. The pivot axles are disposed in the frame parallel to the pivot axles of these wheels. The closure part is mounted in the bearing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Beatus lneichen, Martin Meier
  • Publication number: 20140352738
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser for a wafer processing system includes a supply tube with an inlet at one end and an outlet at the other end. Attached to the supply tube at the outlet end is a liquid reservoir. The liquid reservoir has a dispensing plate that has an outlet for dispensing liquid onto a wafer. There is also a dispensing valve for controlling the dispensing of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BEIJING SEVENSTAR ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Don C. Burkman, Cary M. Ley, Kevin T. O'Dougherty, Charlie A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8875926
    Abstract: Container for beverages, liquids and other fluid substances which includes a plurality of sealed chambers, sealed openings in coplanar walls of the chambers, a stationary cover plate with openings in registration with the sealed openings, an opener movably mounted on the cover plate for selective engagement with seals for the openings in the walls, and a selector plate operatively connected to the opener with an opening in the selector plate that can be moved into and out of registration with the openings in the chamber walls and cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Valon Grajqevci
  • Publication number: 20140224845
    Abstract: The dispenser member for dispensing fluid, the dispenser member includes: a nozzle; a shutter of the nozzle; and at least one magnet that is suitable for moving the shutter relative to the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: CHANEL PARFUMS BEAUTE
    Inventor: Julien Seingier
  • Patent number: 8800820
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8794460
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a hinged closure (1) preferably molded in a closed position. The closure has a base (2) and a lid (3) interconnected to the base by a hinge arrangement (4). A latching mechanism (15) holds the closure (1) in position with respect to a neck (12) and prevents unwanted opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures Ltd.
    Inventors: Rodney Druitt, Louis Lagler
  • Publication number: 20140190987
    Abstract: A gravity-feed bin includes a generally hollow main bin that has a storage reservoir and an open end. A first generally hollow extension section is selectably coupled to the open end of the main bin. The first extension section is in communication with the reservoir, and the storage capacity of the reservoir is increased by the first extension section. In some embodiments a seal element is intermediate the open end of the main bin and the first extension section, the seal element providing a substantially air-tight seal between the main bin and the first extension section. A plurality of extension sections and seal elements may be selectably coupled together in a stacked arrangement upon the main bin to increase the storage capacity of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Trade Fixtures, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Brundick, Scott Johnson, John Clayton Odom
  • 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: 8672197
    Abstract: A device used to easily fill small containers, i.e. shot glasses, with hot or cold liquids, with precision and speed, without spillage. The device consists of a funnel, attached to a filler hose, with a specialized filler nozzle at the end. Liquid of choice is poured into the funnel. The liquid then flows through the hose, but will not come out until the user activates the nozzle. The nozzle is activated by gently pressing its tip on the floor of the container. The liquid dispenser device may be used to fill shot glasses with hot, liquid gelatin mixtures or can be used to fill other cups, such as communion cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Piazza, Tricia A. Piazza
  • Publication number: 20140053942
    Abstract: Inverted dome to supply a dose with an inverted dome dispensing closure having a housing, the housing having a septum, a thinner convex dome, and an end plate seal, a main vessel attached to the inverted dome dispensing closure, and a user-actuated for dispensing from the inverted dome dispensing closure into the main vessel. To provide a point of use dispensing devise that will supply fresh healthy ingredients that are stored inside the closure. The devise is used to store ingredients protecting them from UV light and moisture at minimum. The closure will be intuitive for use and easily operated by the end user. The new devise minimizes components and materials while maximizing the dispensing port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Liquid Health Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Rohr, Derek D. Hopkins, Kenneth E. Milligan, Richard A. Laveault
  • Publication number: 20140050507
    Abstract: A shutter assembly includes an internal shutter and an external shutter. The internal shutter including a contact member is movable between a first position at which the internal shutter closes the outlet, a third position at which the internal shutter opens the outlet, and a second position between the first position and the third position. The internal shutter at the second position is movable to the third position while closing the outlet. The external shutter is movable between a closed position at which the external shutter closes the outlet and an open position at which the external shutter opens the outlet, and includes an interlocking member to contact the contact member to move the internal shutter. As the external shutter is moved from the closed position to the open position, the internal shutter is moved from the first position to the second position in conjunction with the external shutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Manabu HAMADA, Masanari Fujita, Masato Tsuji, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Tomohiro Kubota, Shoh Tsuritani
  • Patent number: 8652412
    Abstract: Methods and systems for programmed dispensation of consumable compositions are provided. A method for sterilizing a beverage container may include, but is not limited to: (a) detecting a sterilization status of a container; and (b) controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status. A system for sterilizing a beverage container may include, but is not limited to: (a) means for detecting a sterilization status of a container; and (b) means for controlling functionality of a controllable device according to the sterilization status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Eric C. Leuthardt, Robert W. Lord, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8651341
    Abstract: A divot repair cart for filling divot holes with a repair mixture. The cart has a self-supporting wheeled frame, a push handle for use at a standing height, a repair mix reservoir at a first height above the ground, and a rear-facing dispensing spout having a divot alignment position adjacent the ground in which the spout is visible from the push handle for aligning it with a divot hole. Repair mix is dispensed by tilting the cart. The spout may be movable relative to the cart, and further operable with a remote control such as a cable, to move the spout from the divot alignment position to a raised transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Rick Luther
  • Publication number: 20140039013
    Abstract: The present invention provide chemical modulators of insect olfactory receptors. In particular, compounds and compositions are provided that can inhibit host targeting functions in insects such as mosquitoes. Method of employing such agents, and articles incorporating the same, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Laurence Zwiebel, Gregory M. Pask, David C. Rinker, Patrick L. Jones
  • Patent number: 8631977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure for a container, in particular for a fluid product, with a first part having an outlet opening, and with a second part having a carrier section, which carries a closing surface, wherein said first part and said second part are arranged movably against each other at least between a first position and a second position, and wherein, in said first position, said outlet opening is closed by said closing surface, while, in said second position, the outlet opening is open, wherein the first part confines a first cavity, through which the product can be transferred out of the container to the outlet opening and said carrier section, in said second position, is arranged at least partially within said first cavity. The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing said closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Weener Plastik GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Feierabend, Michael Schipper
  • Publication number: 20130327267
    Abstract: A valve device for use in a feeding apparatus releases raw material into raw material processing machinery for the manufacture of high-voltage cable. The valve device includes a valve body including a first valve member having a conical shape and including at least one opening extending between a tip of the first valve member and a corresponding base portion of the first valve member, and a second valve member including at least one cover element. One of the valve members is rotatable with respect to the other valve member between a first operating position in which the at least one cover element uncovers the at least one opening, thereby allowing the raw material to flow through the valve device, and a second operating position in which the at least one cover element covers the at least one opening, thereby preventing raw material from flowing through the valve device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Castiglioni
  • Publication number: 20130199663
    Abstract: An exemplary system for dispensing liquid and solid materials can comprise a tank; one or more liquid feeders configured to dispense one or more liquids into the tank; a powder hopper comprising a powder inlet, a powder outlet, and a valve configured to open and close the powder outlet, the powder outlet being coupled to the tank; one or more powder feeders coupled to the powder inlet of the powder hopper; a first scale configured to measure the mass of powder dispensed into the powder hopper; a second scale configured to measure the mass of the liquids dispensed into the tank; and a control system configured to control the dispensing of liquids and powders based at least in part on the mass measurements from the first and second scales.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Bend Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Bend Research, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130174614
    Abstract: A detergent feeding apparatus that automatically supplies a detergent to a washing machine. The washing machine including a cabinet, a tub to accommodate water at an inside therein, and a detergent feeding apparatus to supply at least one detergent along with wash water to the tub. Wherein the detergent feeding apparatus includes a detergent container housing installed at an inside the cabinet, a detachable detergent container, and at least one valve apparatus configured in a way that the detergent accommodated at the detergent container is automatically put into the detergent container housing, wherein the at least one valve apparatus includes a detergent accommodating room to accommodate detergent at an inside therein, an inlet valve to allow the detergent in the detergent container to introduced to the detergent accommodating room, and an outlet valve to allow the detergent in the detergent accommodating room to be discharged to the detergent container housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8469240
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a fluid from a container T having an inlet for mounting to the container so as to receive therethrough the fluid, and an outlet which is adapted to open to release fluid therefrom when a predetermined pressure is applied to the fluid in the dispenser at the outlet, and to close to retain fluid in the dispenser at a pressure less than the predetermined pressure. A wall of resilient material at the outlet has one or more panels of elastomeric material provided therein, each panel being deformable to enable the adjacent resilient material to flex at the predetermined pressure and thus enable the outlet to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sophinity Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Craig John Wellman
  • Publication number: 20130153598
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for the delivery of controlled, metered amounts of any of numerous different substances to humans or animals, such as medicaments, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food products, or to deliver materials that may react upon exposure to air, such as glue. Means are provided in the dispenser to effect controlled delivery of a pre-determined amount of the substance contained in the dispenser. A one-way valve is provided to hermetically seal the portion of the dispenser containing the substance to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Norbert M. Assion, Julian V. Chan
  • Publication number: 20130112718
    Abstract: A prepackaged closure for temporarily closing and sealing the nozzle of a dispenser cartridge includes a mass of tacky, finger-moldable sealant impermeable to volatile compounds that facilitate the fluency of the material contained in the cartridge. The mass, preferably butyl rubber, is contained in a protective package formed from separable components, the mass and container being proportioned to facilitate removal of the mass from the container. Upon removal from the container, the mass is applied and finger-molded to and about the tip of the nozzle to effect the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Keith F. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130104591
    Abstract: A shield for an ice dispensing assembly of a cooling compartment. The shield has at least one side member that increases in width along its length downwardly from a top of the shield. The shield blocks ice from falling directly from an ice maker into an ice chute of the cooling compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Joseph MITCHELL
  • Patent number: 8393502
    Abstract: A seed metering gate assembly (12) is provided for use with an upright seed bin (10) having a shiftable primary gate (24), wherein the gate assembly (12) provides an additional seed flow control function allowing more accurate dispensing of seed from the bin (10). The gate assembly (12) includes a seed hopper (13) equipped with a fore and aft-shiftable metering gate (42) movable between a closed position and an open position presenting a seed output passageway (40). Apparatus (62) is operably coupled with the gate member (42) in order to determine the travel of metering gate member between the fully closed position and a plurality of open positions presenting respective, differently sized passageways (40). The apparatus (62) preferably includes a rod (64) having a series of through openings (70) and coupled with the gate member (42), with a shiftable, motion-limiting collar (72) mounted on the rod (64) and securable at any of the openings (70) by a clip (76).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Patent number: 8387833
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a fluid comprises providing a container made from flexible material and having an outer surface, a first opening and an interior fluid storage region therein. The method further comprises providing a volume of fluid within interior fluid storage region and providing a flexible metering housing, having a metering chamber therein with a predetermined volume, disposed in fluid communication with interior fluid storage region. The method further comprises providing an intake valve disposed between container and flexible metering housing permitting unidirectional fluid flow from interior fluid storage region into metering chamber. The method further comprises providing an exit port in fluid communication with container with an output valve disposed between exit port and metering chamber, depressing and releasing flexible metering housing, and filling the metering chamber with a volume of fluid by vacuum force in an amount by the volume of the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Robert W. Pekar
  • Publication number: 20130026677
    Abstract: Method of injection moulding a plastics component includes providing a first mould member with a mould cavity, defined by an internal surface, and a second mould member with an external surface complementary to the mould cavity shape. Either the internal or external surface carry an elongate formation with an elongate apex. Then, the second mould member is advanced into the mould cavity such that the apex is spaced from the opposed one of the internal surface and the external surface by a predetermined distance and the internal surface of the first mould member and the external surface of the second mould member together define a mould space. Molten polyolefin material is then injected into the mould space to substantially fill it. The predetermined distance is so dimensioned that the polyolefin material does not completely fill the space between the apex and the opposed surface and the slit is thus formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Eric Smith
  • Publication number: 20130001259
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided. The flow control device includes a body including a containing space, a discharge opening fluidly communicating with the containing space, and a pair of side holes configured to be in radial correspondence with each other; a flow control member installed in the containing space and including a pair of engaging portions corresponding to the side holes; an adapter including an adapting part coupled to the body and a hitching part for being coupled to an external container; a washer coupled to the adapting part and inserted into the body for installing the flow control member in the containing space; and a handle including an operational part, and a pair of engaging ends coupled to the operational part and engaged with the engaging portions through the side holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jih-Liang Lin
  • Publication number: 20120324786
    Abstract: A low-profile particulate handling assembly is provided for use in conjunction with a downstream treating device, such as a seed treater unit. The assembly includes a plurality of juxtaposed particulate bins and a surmounting turret assembly designed to successively deliver particulates to the bins. The particulates within the bins are delivered to the downstream treating device through respective lower outlets each equipped with an adjustable slide gate assembly and a lower, multiple-chute assembly. Preferably, each bin has a top wall which in plan configuration approximates a sector of a circle, planar sidewalls, and downwardly tapered, arcuate sidewall structure leading to the lower outlet; in this fashion, the bins can be grouped with the sidewalls in close adjacency, and with the outlets located to feed into a single inlet of the downstream treating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Publication number: 20120305591
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for distributing fluid are disclosed. Fluid is received in an opening of a body, and at least some of the fluid is distributed to a first conduit in communication with a first outlet of a first discharge element coupled to said body. At least some of the fluid received in the opening is selectively distributed to a second conduit in communication with a second outlet of a second discharge element couplable to at least one of the body and the first discharge element in response to coupling and decoupling of the second discharge element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jacob Kobelt
  • Publication number: 20120305607
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-way valve (1; 1?) for discharge regulation of a tube, the one-way valve (1; 1?) comprising a sealing means (9) and a ring support (8), with the sealing means (9) being at least partially inserted in the ring support (8), wherein the sealing means (9) comprises a sealing element (11) and a support element (12) that has at least one opening (10), wherein the sealing element (11) is connected to the support element (12) by anchoring means (13) and rests on the ring support (12) in a closed state of the one-way valve (1; 1?) thereby covering the at least one opening (10), and wherein the sealing element (11) is of lower bending stiffness than the support element (12) and the ring support (8). The invention furthermore relates to a tube with a tube head (2; 2?) and a container (6), wherein such a one-way valve (1; 1?) is inserted in the neck (4) of the tube head (2; 2?). Moreover the invention relates to a method for manufacturing such a one-way valve (1; 1?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Andreas Geiger, Christian Kubesch, Mario Schüpbach
  • Publication number: 20120282569
    Abstract: One possible embodiment of the invention could a filling station for fluid containers used in self-contained dental water supply systems comprising at least one pressurized fluid supply; at least one low pressure gas supply; the first valve circuit continuously connecting to the at least one pressurized fluid supply; the second valve circuit continuously connecting to the at least one low pressurized gas supply; the manifold that continuously connects to first and second valve circuits; a cap that attaches to a fluid container used in self-contained dental water supply system, the cap reversibly and continuously connects an interior of the fluid container to the manifold; an electronic control unit utilizing one or more timer circuits, wherein each timer circuit operates its respective valve circuit for a predetermined amount of time to deliver a predetermined amount of gas or fluid at a predetermined pressure into the interior of the fluid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Jimmy D. Disel
  • Publication number: 20120272667
    Abstract: A vessel for use in an air conditioner recharging system contains a desiccant that may limit moisture in a hygroscopic fluid, such as liquid lubricant and/or dye. The vessel may thus limits the amount of moisture introduced as a result of replacing or injecting lubricant. The vessel may contain an amount of pure lubricant for the air-conditioning system, or a lubricant and fluorescent dye to aid in detecting leaks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Tony Ferraro, Andrew Chochol, Leslie Pawlowski
  • Publication number: 20120266871
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seal for a valve for use in a pharmaceutical dispensing device, which seal is formed from an elastomeric composition comprising: (a) one or more elastomers; and (b) a cross-linking agent comprising an aliphatic dialkyl peroxide and/or an aliphatic perketal peroxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: CONSORT MEDICAL PLC
    Inventor: Daljit S. Ohbi
  • Patent number: 8281959
    Abstract: A dosage-dispensing device, which can be used for dosage materials in the form of powders or pastes, includes a housing with at least one receptacle compartment formed inside the housing for the purpose of holding the dosage material. The dosage-dispensing device further includes at least one dispensing head that comprises an elastic material and has an outlet for the dosage material. In the non-stressed condition, i.e. when there is no mechanical force or pressure acting on it, the outlet is tightly closed against the outside. When a force or pressure is applied, the outlet opens up, with the aperture width being variable, dependent on the applied force. Furthermore, inside the receptacle compartment and/or the dispensing head, there is at least one mechanical actuator element arranged through which the outlet can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventor: Paul Lüchinger
  • Publication number: 20120247513
    Abstract: A flush adaptor for use with a valve fitment assembly for dispensing liquids from a container; wherein the flush adaptor comprises an outer ring-collar; a flange with an edge molded to the bottom of the outer ring-collar; an interior ring-collar adjacent to the outer ring-collar; a ridge molded in the interior ring-collar; a seat molded onto the interior ring-collar and a pin molded into the interior ring-collar which keeps the valve in an open position; and a hollow tube molded into the adaptor to allow the flow of liquid through the adaptor and into the fitment assembly; whereby the flush adaptor allows for cleaning of the assembly and any tubes connected thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120251405
    Abstract: The eyes of a contact lens wearer are protected from the effects of a liquid disinfecting solution by providing a contact lens container having a catalyst therein and a container of the disinfecting solution of unusual design. The openings of the contact lens container and the solution container are configured so only the contact lens container is able to receive solution from the solution container. This prevents the user from directly removing disinfecting solution from the solution container and thereby prevents the user from directly applying the disinfecting solution to the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Keith K. Donley
  • Publication number: 20120233916
    Abstract: A low-profile particulate handling assembly is provided for use in conjunction with a downstream treating device, such as a seed treater unit. The assembly includes a plurality of juxtaposed particulate bins and a surmounting turret assembly designed to successively deliver particulates to the bins. The particulates within the bins are delivered to the downstream treating device through respective lower outlets each equipped with an adjustable slide gate assembly and a lower, multiple-chute assembly. Preferably, each bin has a top wall which in plan configuration approximates a sector of a circle, planar sidewalls, and downwardly tapered, arcuate sidewall structure leading to the lower outlet; in this fashion, the bins can be grouped with the sidewalls in close adjacency, and with the outlets located to feed into a single inlet of the downstream treating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Publication number: 20120211529
    Abstract: A device used to easily fill small containers, i.e. shot glasses, with hot or cold liquids, with precision and speed, without spillage. The device consists of a funnel, attached to a filler hose, with a specialized filler nozzle at the end. Liquid of choice is poured into the funnel. The liquid then flows through the hose, but will not come out until the user activates the nozzle. The nozzle is activated by gently pressing its tip on the floor of the container. The liquid dispenser device may be used to fill shot glasses with hot, liquid gelatin mixtures or can be used to fill other cups, such as communion cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Piazza, Tricia A. Piazza
  • Patent number: 8211081
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing cap for containers that are filled with medical liquids. The closing cap includes removal and injection sites. The removal site has a first opening for removing the medical liquid and is obturated by a first pierceable self-sealing membrane. The injection site includes a second opening for injecting an additive and is obturated by a second pierceable self-sealing membrane. The first and second membranes are configured differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Brandenburger, Ismael Rahimy, Gerald Wegner
  • Patent number: 8191569
    Abstract: A valve assembly uses an O ring contained within a void such that the outer edges of the valve assembly reach the outer mid section of the O ring. A kettle for brewing beer or heating other fluid is drilled so as to accommodate the disclosed valve. The O ring is pressed and held against the outside surface of the kettle wall. A retaining nut placed within the kettle further secures the valve to the kettle. As the surface of the kettle heats during use, the contained O ring retains sufficient contact with the valve and kettle so as to prevent leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: William Moore
  • Publication number: 20120104053
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a heated liquid, such as a hot melt adhesive, which includes a dispenser body adapted to dispense the heated liquid, a solenoid valve, and a pneumatic section including a housing coupled between the solenoid valve and dispenser body. The pneumatic housing is formed from a thermally insulating material which may include a thermoplastic polymer such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) or a fluoroplastic polymer to reduce heat transfer from the dispenser body through the pneumatic housing thereby thermally insulating the solenoid valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: John M. Riney
  • Patent number: 8152772
    Abstract: The invention relates to an attachment or a cartridge comprising a sealing element having an opening for a medium located in the syringe or cartridge or to be introduced into the syringe or cartridge. The attachment is characterized by an actuating device which, in a first functional position, exerts a force on the wall of the opening in such a way that the opening is closed, and leaves the opening open in a second functional position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Arzneimittel GmbH Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventor: Joachim Glocker
  • Patent number: 8152017
    Abstract: A closure with an additive reservoir is mounted on a container for a consumable liquid. The closure has a base, which includes the additive reservoir; a spout mounted on the base; a plunger positioned in the additive reservoir, and an outer cap. Upon advancing the plunger, an additive in the reservoir is released into the consumable liquid after the additive or plunger ruptures or otherwise opens a barrier provided by a foil, membrane or plug. Upon moving the spout from a first position on the base to a second position, a passageway through the base is opened and the consumable liquid flows to the consumer without having to remove the closure. The additive chamber is mounted in a support column of the base with the passageway for the consumable liquid being disposed between the additive chamber and the support column. In a preferred embodiment the additive is the sole pressure link between the plunger and barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Eric K. Lizerbram, Gerry R. Krippner, Todd G. Buchholz, William S. Anapoell
  • Publication number: 20120048883
    Abstract: An assembly for removing a medium from a pressurized container, the assembly having a cut-off valve that is located on an outlet line for the container and a sensor for detecting the pressure prevailing in the container. The assembly is also provided with a control unit that controls the cut-off valve on the basis of the pressure determined by the sensor in order to remove the desired quantity of medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Heckenberger, Hans-Dieter Wiek, Johann Stempfle, Herbert Lott
  • Publication number: 20120031923
    Abstract: The present invention provides a closure assembly for a container having a housing, a retaining ring and a valve. The closure assembly is useful for attachment to a container to provide flowable, aseptic access to the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: DS SMITH PLASTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Publication number: 20120019605
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus including a fluid ejector unit having a plurality of nozzles and extending in a lengthwise direction to form a dispensing area to correspond with a width of a substrate, the fluid ejector unit configured to eject fluid through the nozzles to the dispensing area, a plurality of modular regulator members configured to regulate fluid to a predetermined pressure range and to provide the regulated fluid to a corresponding set of nozzles of the fluid ejector unit, the modular regulator members are arranged in the lengthwise direction such that each of the modular regulator members are adjacent to at least one other modular regulator member, and a fluidic channel unit having at least one fluid inlet and a plurality of fluid channels configured to provide fluid to the respective modular regulator members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Mark A. Devries, Norman Pawlowski, Dan Dowell
  • Patent number: 8100879
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector device suitable for connecting an enteral administration set to a laminated paper packaging system comprising enterally administrable medical or nutritional food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Blank, Jean Daniel Ginzburg, Jörg Heinzerling