With Axial Longitudinal Motion Patents (Class 222/549)
  • Patent number: 10577169
    Abstract: A dispensing head for an aerosol container includes a base ring, a transfer conduit with a tip (231) intended to cooperate with the stem of a valve when the dispensing head is mounted on an aerosol container, a push button rotatable relative to the base ring, a blocking member pivotable between a blocking position and an unblocking position, and provided with a bearing surface (312), which is placed in the movement path of the tip (231) towards the valve stem is in the blocking position, and which is outside the movement path of the tip (231) towards the valve stem in the unblocking position, and guiding means (33, 313) for placing the blocking member in the blocking position when the push button is in the locked position and for placing the blocking member in the unblocking position when the push button is in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LINDAL FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Hervé Bodet, Dominique Fournet
  • Patent number: 8783521
    Abstract: A flexible and restorable container main body for housing a medicinal solution. A stopper member is fixed in an inside of a medicinal solution passage that communicates with the container main body for discharging the medicinal solution when the container main body is pressed and deformed. A pressure valve is arranged in the medicinal solution passage at a downstream side in the medicinal solution discharge direction further than the stopper member and is formed with an opening having a circular cross section which contacts a tip portion of the stopper member. A biasing member is provided at a downstream side for biasing the pressure valve in a direction opposite to the medicinal solution discharge direction by abutting against a peripheral portion of the opening of the pressure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ishikawa, Yuji Sugahara, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Shintaro Adachi, Yusuke Ogawa, Kousuke Toujou, Yoshiteru Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8757188
    Abstract: An inline dispersal valve that can be used with or without a base. One embodiment includes a rotatable member that is rotatable from a fluid stream obstructing condition to an out-of-the-way condition to prevent fluid diversion into the dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a lever handle for quickly setting the amount of fluid being diverted into the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes an indicator that can be viewed from a position above the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a cap that can be secured or removed without the aid of tools. Another embodiment includes a clip that allows one to disassemble the inline dispersal valve for servicing. Another embodiment includes a dispensing valve that can be reversed and still properly divert fluid into a dispersant chamber. Another embodiment includes an inline dispersal valve with a bleed valve positioned to allow one to bring the air volume in the dispersant chamber to the proper level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: King Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Kenneth V. Schomburg, Jeffrey Johnson, Mark Snetting
  • Patent number: 8672185
    Abstract: A dispensing cap is disclosed for mixing a primary flowable substance, such as a soap, lotion, or the like, with a small dose of a secondary flowable substance, such as a fragrance. The dispensing cap includes a plurality of reservoirs containing a plurality of secondary flowable substances. Each of the reservoirs is associated with a secondary piston that, when actuated, causes the secondary flowable substance to be expelled from the reservoir into a mixing chamber in the cap, where it is mixed with the primary flowable substance. Upon mixing the two are dispensed together from a dispensing end of the cap. A selector ring is provided to enable the user to select one of the plurality of reservoirs. The selector ring has an actuation flange that aligns with the secondary piston that is associated with the selected reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Glenn Worthington, Lester Greer
  • Patent number: 8657208
    Abstract: A flow gate includes first and second body members, first and second flow control members, and first and second locking mechanisms. The first and second body members operatively attach to and detach from each other. The first and second flow control members adjust between an open position, a closed position, and a plurality of partially opened positions. The first and second locking mechanisms selectively prevent and allow adjustment of the first and second flow control members. The first and second flow control members prevent the flow of material from an associated spreader when both the first and second flow control members are in the closed position, and allow the flow of material from the associated spreader when either the first or the second flow control member is in the opened position or in one of the plurality of partially opened positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Meyer Products, LLC
    Inventors: James A Kost, Andrew L Outcalt
  • Patent number: 8636166
    Abstract: A lid for a beverage bottle includes a lid body that is fastenable onto the bottle and an actuation dial that rotates on the lid body. The actuation dial rotates a rotating spout while permitting the spout to move axially by teeth sliding in channels. As the spout is rotated, it moves on threads within the lid body to provide the axial movement. A gasket within the spout bears against a plug of the lid body when the spout has been moved to the closed position. The gasket is free of the plug to form a fluid passageway from the bottle through the lid body and the spout when the spout has been moved to the open position. The gasket includes a seal ring bearing on a fluid flow tube of the lid body to prevent leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Publication number: 20130327786
    Abstract: An inline dispersal valve that can be used with or without a base. One embodiment includes a rotatable member that is rotatable from a fluid stream obstructing condition to an out-of-the-way condition to prevent fluid diversion into the dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a lever handle for quickly setting the amount of fluid being diverted into the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes an indicator that can be viewed from a position above the inline dispersal valve. Another embodiment includes a cap that can be secured or removed without the aid of tools. Another embodiment includes a clip that allows one to disassemble the inline dispersal valve for servicing. Another embodiment includes a dispensing valve that can be reversed and still properly divert fluid into a dispersant chamber. Another embodiment includes an inline dispersal valve with a bleed valve positioned to allow one to bring the air volume in the dispersant chamber to the proper level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Randy Williams, Kenneth V. Schomurg, Jeffrey Johnson, Mark Snetting
  • Patent number: 8448827
    Abstract: An embodiment of a nozzle comprising a nozzle adapter, a nozzle tip, and a plunger is provided. The nozzle adapter comprises an inner and outer surface, the inner surface having a helical groove, and a top end rotatably coupled to the nozzle adapter inner surface. The plunger comprises an outer surface, a top end, and a lower end that mates with the nozzle tip inner surface. At least one projection is along the body outer surface between the top end and the lower end keyed to fit within the helical groove of the nozzle tip, wherein the plunger and the nozzle tip are configured so that rotational motion of the nozzle tip causes axial motion of the plunger relative to the nozzle adapter without appreciable axial motion of the nozzle tip relative to the nozzle adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fair Oaks Farms Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Patent number: 8434652
    Abstract: A cap for overfitting a nozzle having an elongate nozzle body; the cap having an elongate cap body with a longitudinal axis, and an outside surface and an inside surface. The cap body has closed end and an open end, with an at least one sidewall. A housing of the cap has an open end. The cap is for receiving and overfitting the nozzle body of the nozzle. The cap has three elongate spaced apart wing portions each having a wing profile each forming part of the outside surface of the cap. Each wing runs from the mouth of the cap to the closed end thereof, and each contiguous with the next so that an exterior face of one wing portion together with an exterior face of an adjacent wing portion form one continuous concave surface between each wing portion and the adjacent one. The cap has a part-helical, or skewed profile, which gives a visual indication of the direction of removal of the cap from the nozzle. A nozzle has matching depressions, which come into register with the concave surfaces of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Henkle Ireland Limited
    Inventors: Peter C. Rushe, Patrick Kealy
  • Patent number: 8408432
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing closure for a container, said dispensing closure comprising: a base (200) and mounting means (200) on said base for mounting said base to a container at an opening of the container, said base also constituting an outer side-wall (240) of said closure; a dispensing element (100) having a dispensing channel (160) and a discharge opening (164) said dispensing element being movable between a closed position and an open position; said dispensing element comprising at least one operational control element (142), at least partially extending into at least one opening (242) in said outer side wall of said base to be accessible by a user in order to move said dispensing element between said closed and said open position; said dispensing closure being arranged such that said discharge opening is closed by said outer sidewall of said base, when said dispensing element is in its closed position, and/or such that said dispensing channel is closed by a shut-off element (260) of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar Freyung GmbH
    Inventors: Sarah Delamare, Daniel Gotsmich, Alexander Stifter, Franz Lenz
  • Patent number: 8376186
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device has a container filled with two concentric squeezeable tubes that has two concentric threaded outlets. The two threaded outlets are secured to an internal cap that has fluid passages for both outlets and external threaded sections for engaging the inner shell and an outer shell. The internal cap also has two barrier members on its outer walls that engage with the inner shell's sliders that releasably engage the inner shell in its open or closed positions. The inner shell threadingly engages a conduit unit that when lowered closes the fluid passages with projecting stubs and when raised opens those passages to allow dispensation from the container. The external cap has internal splines that engages the internal cap's external grooves. When the external cap is removed, the internal cap is rotated which in turn rotates and raises the conduit unit which opens the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Yonyu Plastics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teng-Huei Wang
  • Patent number: 8365933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure system, which comprises a dispensing closure and a spout of a container or a spout for a container, to which the dispensing closure can be attached, wherein the dispensing closure is designed as a rebounding closure. The dispensing closure and spout are designed in such a way that the dispensing closure can be separated from the spout or container via a rotational motion. The invention also relates to a dispensing closure for such a closure system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar Freyung GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard F. K. Jäckel
  • Patent number: 8281962
    Abstract: A tongue and groove arrangement guides an outer cap in an axial direction with respect to an inner cap. When a cap is fixed to a mouth of a container body, the outer cap is located in a direction of separating from the inner cap in the axial direction, and an inner face of a top wall of the outer cap is separated from a valve to urge the valve in a direction of projecting from a discharge hole of an inside plug, causing the discharge hole to close. When the cap is detached and removed from the mouth, the outer cap is moved in a direction of approaching the inner cap in the axial direction, and the inner face abuts the valve urged in a direction of separating from the discharge hole while resisting against an urging member, causing the discharge hole to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Ogawa, Hidenari Nishikura
  • Patent number: 8272543
    Abstract: Present invention provides a combination of one-piece full flow cap valve and improved neck finish of a fluid bottle. The one-piece full flow cap valve is constructed of a single injection molded piece, capable of discharging fluid at full flow capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ue-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 8231032
    Abstract: A beverage release cap over a bottle cap of a plastic carbonated beverage bottle for dispensing a beverage, without losing gasses inside the bottle, when the bottle is inverted or partially inverted for pouring. The beverage release cap has three distinct functional and physical sections. A lower section engaging a bottle rim below the bottle cap and snapping over the bottle rim, thereby retaining the beverage release cap to the bottle while providing a seal and permitting a twisting rotation of the beverage release cap. A middle section gripping the bottle cap with vertical, equally spaced ribs, a space between the ribs allowing beverage to flow between the bottle cap and the beverage release cap. An upper section providing a path for the beverage to flow from the middle section. The beverage release cap may alternatively be a replacement to the standard bottle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel C. Puma
  • Patent number: 8176947
    Abstract: A container is filled to a predetermined target mass of a free-flowing substance with the help of a device that dispenses measured doses of the substance. The dispensing device has a valve for variably adjusting the mass flow rate of the substance from a reservoir into the container. The dispensing device further includes a device to measure the elapsed time from the beginning of the filling process, a balance for determining the mass of the substance in the container, and a controller unit with a valve control module. The controller unit includes an adjusting module, where a predetermined desired mass flow rate is stored. At an elapsed time, if the mass flow rate is smaller or larger than the desired mass flow rate, the flow rate is, respectively, increased or decreased by a flow rate adjustment. An adaptive filter of the controller unit determines the mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Pascal Frei, Guido Schuster
  • Patent number: 8033433
    Abstract: A dispensing nozzle for a container with a long tapered nozzle body has a narrow tapered dispensing end and a wider base end. A passage for fluid runs from the base end to the dispensing end and through an outlet. The dispensing nozzle has a removable cap that fits over the dispensing nozzle when in the closed position which closes the dispensing nozzle's outlet with a penetrating plug located on the interior of the cap. The cap has a narrow closed end that has the penetrating plug on its interior side and the cap has a wider open end. The cap fits onto the nozzle in a tight fit when closed. The invention contemplates that the fluid in the container is strong glue, so that hardened glue makes removing the cap difficult. To solve this problem, the nozzle and the cap have two distinct sets of ramps that provide the initial separating force to twist the cap with respect to the nozzle in order to remove the cap easily and allow dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Locite (R&D) Limited
    Inventors: David J. Gibson, Geoffrey F. Seymour
  • Patent number: 7926684
    Abstract: A pressurized container (1) for a viscous product, comprising a container body (2) with an opening (9), a piston (3), a dispensing closure (4) attached to the container body opening (9) which comprises closure walls, at least one dispensing aperture (13), at least one closing element (14) that is movable relative to the closure walls between a closed position and an open position, the container (1) further comprising a spring element (15) disposed between said closing element (14) and said closure walls, so as to naturally force the closing element (14) in a position where it closes said aperture (13), wherein the closure walls define a channel (16) with at least one lateral dispensing aperture (13) remote from the container body opening (9), said closing element (14) having the shape of a ring that seals around and is movable relative to the channel (16), by translation along, or by rotation around, an axis which is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the channel (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Jean-Marie Yves Charlier, Bruno Sadi Henri Delande, Jean-Francois Andre Alme Launay, Pierre Henri Lebrand
  • Patent number: 7806138
    Abstract: A valve manifold device for coupling a gas operated appliance in fluid communication to gas cylinders, comprising a manifold having at least two inlet ports and an outlet port, at least two inlet valves respectively attached in fluid communication to the inlet ports of the manifold while being releasably attachable in fluid communication to an outlet assembly on the one pound gas cylinders, and an outlet coupling attached in fluid communication to the outlet port of the manifold and releasably attachable, directly or indirectly, in fluid communication to the gas operated appliance. The inlet valves may be check valves having an interior opening that serves as a gas conduit through the valve and into the manifold. The outlet coupling may have an annular outlet collar compatible with a standard POL, Type 1 or 1-20 connector and may include a check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Party King Grills Company, LLC
    Inventor: Charles G. Frantz
  • Publication number: 20100171801
    Abstract: A liquid container includes an air-tight liquid-storage chamber or reservoir, a movable member for agitating liquid, and a protrusion portion for supporting the movable member. The movable member and the protrusion portion are disposed in the liquid-storage chamber. The movable member includes a first end that is linearly movable along the protrusion portion and a second end that is free.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shogo Kawamura, Yasuo Kotaki, Hideki Ogura, Ryoji Inoue, Tetsuya Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7686194
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system includes a closure assembly. The closure assembly is configured to enclose a container opening. The closure assembly has a fluid supply tube with an opening and a shut-off valve threadedly coupled to the supply tube. The shut-off valve has a valve member configured to close the opening in the supply tube upon rotating the shut-off valve in a first direction and to open the opening in the supply tube upon rotating the shut-off valve in a second direction. A cap assembly is coupled to the closure assembly. The cap assembly has a connector member with a fluid passage fluidly coupled to the supply tube. The cap assembly is coupled to the shut-off valve to rotate the shut-off valve in the first direction and the second direction. The configuration of the system eliminates the need for spring-based valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas P. Kasting
  • Publication number: 20090236361
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing fluids is introduced. A preferred embodiment comprises a sealed tank, a bag containing fluid inside the sealed tank, an outlet for dispensing the liquid in the bag, and a pressure generating device to create pressure in the sealed tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Patent number: 7581572
    Abstract: A valve assembly disposed in a nozzle of a fuel-dispensing pump that, when in an open, operative position, freely allows fuel to flow therethrough. In a closed position, fuel is prevented from dripping from the end of the fuel-dispensing nozzle. A first embodiment provides a spherical or flat, spring-loaded one-way sealing element or check valve that is forced away from the dispensing end of the nozzle to allow fuel to flow therefrom. When fuel dispensing is complete, the check valve seals the nozzle. In a second embodiment, apertures in a cap are rotated between an open and a closed orientation to allow or block fuel passage depending upon their angular position. The valve assembly is press fitted into a conventional fuel-dispensing nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventors: Janet M. Sutera, Kenneth A. Lyman, Steven Palmatier
  • Patent number: 7559441
    Abstract: A leakproof perfume spray head structure comprises a spray head, a locking shell, an inner sleeve, a rotation shaft, a water guide pipe, and an outer cover, wherein the spray head has gaps for better communicating the gas with the perfume liquid so as to spray out more uniform perfume mists. When the spray head is opened, but not in use, the spray head can be rotated by a certain angle so as to close the inner spray tunnel of the spray head completely to prevent the perfume liquid from leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Ing Wen Precision Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Patent number: 7543723
    Abstract: An air-vented closure assembly for a fluid container has a valve body and a valve element. The valve body has first and second fluid conduits. The valve body has a mounting sleeve in fluid communication with the first and second fluid conduits. A valve member is positioned in the mounting sleeve for reciprocating movement from a closed position to an open position. The valve member has a wall having opposed ends, the valve member having a third fluid conduit therethrough. A first portion of the wall is removed to define an air inlet into the third fluid conduit and a second portion is removed to define an air outlet. When the valve member is in the closed position fluid flow through the first and second conduits is prevented, and when in the open position fluid can flow through the first conduit and air can flow through the air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Michael Wilford, Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7337929
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing a product, in particular a cosmetic product, which includes a container holding the product. The container is surmounted by a neck, such that a free edge of the neck delineates a first dispensing aperture for the product. A detachable lid is capable of engaging with the neck to selectively close off the first dispensing aperture. In an illustrated example, the free edge of the neck at least partially delineates a second dispensing aperture, with the second dispensing aperture capable of passing from a closed off position to an open position in response to a movement of the lid relative to the neck, so that (i) in a first dispensing mode, the lid is in an intermediate position relative to the neck between a closed-off position of the first aperture and a detached position from the neck, and the product is dispensed via the second aperture, and (ii) in a second dispensing mode, the lid is detached from the neck, and the product is dispensed via the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Mathilde Winckels
  • Patent number: 7311229
    Abstract: A slide tap particularly suitable for use on disposable containers has a valve body with a sliding actuator movable between closed and opened positions of an outlet formed in the body. A spring mechanism returns the actuator to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Andrew N. Wrigley
  • Patent number: 7021486
    Abstract: A drinking flask cap is a convenient, three-position, push-pull lid. The top of the lid forms a drinking basis, and the drinking basin can be sealed with a hygienic cap. The cap can be removed and placed on the bottom of the flask for convenient storage and provides a stable base for the flask. A bottle portion of the flask is preferably made from a molded plastic material and can be provided with a finger hold such that the flask can be drunk from in a manner similar to a coffee cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Pacific Market, Inc
    Inventor: Gary A. Hurlbut
  • Patent number: 6997359
    Abstract: The bottle closure comprises a generally cylindrical inner member adapted to be threadedly engaged on the outside of the neck of a bottle. The inner member has a central passage communicating with the neck of the bottle. An outer member is rotatably mounted on and around the inner member. The inner member includes a valve seat defining a fluid passage between the bottle and the outer member and being located within the neck of the bottle. The outer member includes a valve closure element adapted to close the fluid passage in a first annular position of the outer member on the inner member thereby to form a seal with the valve seat. The outer member, when moved to a second annular position relative to the inner member, opens the fluid passage, thereby to allow fluid in a bottle to flow through the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Boggs, Stacey Chang, John Brassil, Ben Tarbell, Andrzej Skoskiewicz, Kenneth R. Waeber, Eric M. Luther, Reggie D. Fortson
  • Patent number: 6889876
    Abstract: A center dispenser cap assembly for mounting on a container includes a clear outer shell, a colored inner sleeve which is closely received by the clear outer shell, and a plug structure which is fitted into an opening in a neck of the container. The outer shell and inner sleeve cooperate with the plug structure to selectively allow the contents of the container to be dispensed centrally through the cap assembly when the cap is rotated a quarter turn on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: C&N Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Brooks R. Markert
  • Patent number: 6834782
    Abstract: In a cartridge closure with opening and closing means comprising a mouth piece with an open end and a closure part having a sleeve portion axially movably supported on the mouthpiece, a transverse wall is supported by support webs in axially spaced relationship from the open end of the mouthpiece and the closure part includes a neck portion of a smaller diameter than the sleeve portion with a transition area between the neck portion and the sleeve portion which includes a conical seal surface area which, in the closing position of the sleeve portion, sealingly engages a circumferential edge of the transverse wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Ritter GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Georg Ritter
  • Patent number: 6758374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging and dispensing device for applying a cosmetic and/or care product, in particular to the hair and/or the scalp, the device comprising a receptacle including a bellows having first and second regions that are moved towards each other when the bellows is compressed. On being compressed, the bellows enables a quantity of substance to be dispensed. The device also has an adjustment member for modifying the compression stroke of the bellows, and thus the quantity of substance that is dispensed. The device is arranged in such a manner that the bellows is compressed by thrust exerted by the user substantially on the axis of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 6758376
    Abstract: A twist open/twist close edge seal closure is described wherein the closure has a sealing disc supported on the interior portion thereof which vertically rises and lowers depending on the rotation of the closure. The sealing disc has a folding finger which compresses against the sealing rib of the container to provide an adequate seal thereof and allows dispensing of the container contents around the exterior portion of the sealing disc upward through a dispensing channel and through the dispensing spout of the edge seal closure. The closure further comprises an anti-crush rib for seating on a container top wall and preventing crushing of the container neck. The container neck preferably includes a quad-lead thread having a pitch wherein a quarter rotation of the closure will open the container and allowing dispensing of the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Clodfelter, Todd E. Mathes
  • Patent number: 6739781
    Abstract: A dispensing closure that has a cover which is provided with a scrubbing structure that includes protuberances. In a preferred embodiment, the scrubbing structure is a resilient flexible material which has been molded on a generally rigid base. The base is injection molded in an initial injection molding step from a first material, and the scrubbing structure is injection molded in situ in a subsequent molding step from a second material onto said first material to become bonded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Maloney, Kelly A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20040050884
    Abstract: The bottle closure comprises a generally cylindrical inner member adapted to be threadedly engaged on the outside of the neck of a bottle. The inner member has a central passage communicating with the neck of the bottle. An outer member is rotatably mounted on and around the inner member. The inner member includes a valve seat defining a fluid passage between the bottle and the outer member and being located within the neck of the bottle. The outer member includes a valve closure element adapted to close the fluid passage in a first annular position of the outer member on the inner member thereby to form a seal with the valve seat. The outer member, when moved to a second annular position relative to the inner member, opens the fluid passage, thereby to allow fluid in a bottle to flow through the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Boggs, Stacey Chang, John Brassil, Ben Tarbell, Andrzej Skoskiewicz, Kenneth R. Waeber, Eric M. Luther, Reggie D. Fortson
  • Patent number: 6622988
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for a hydration system designed for drinking liquids from that system. The mouthpiece comprises a body having an internal conduit passing through it, the internal conduit having a broad portion provided with a broad opening and a narrow portion provided with a narrow opening, a piston member having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the piston member provided with a passageway passing through it, the passageway having a first opening at the proximal portion and a second opening between the proximal portion and the distal portion. At least a portion of the piston member is inserted in the conduit fitting inside the broad portion while the distal portion of the piston member is adapted to fit inside the narrow portion. The piston member is adapted to coaxially move within the body. The mouthpiece further provided with an O-ring closely encircling the distal portion of the piston member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Source Vagabond Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoram Gill
  • Publication number: 20030094430
    Abstract: There is provided according to the present invention, a rotary valve cap and container comprising a cap portion having an inner sidewall with guide bosses disposed thereon and a sealing skirt disposed from the top of the cap concentric with the inner sidewall, and a container neck portion having an inner and an outer sidewall, wherein the outer sidewall has an undulating bead thereon, such that said guide bosses engage said undulating bead for raising and lowering said cap such that said sealing skirt is sealably engages said container neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventors: Gene Stull, Robert T. Auer
  • Patent number: 6543650
    Abstract: A dispenser closure is provided having a stopping mechanism that limits the rotation of the closure and generally prevents removal of the closure cap from the container. The dispenser closure includes a cap body, fitment and container finish. The cap body has a double shell design, which includes at least one drop lug projecting from the inner shell. When the cap body is rotated about the container finish, the drop lug engages at least one lug stop located on the container finish so as to limit the rotation, thereby preventing removal of the cap body from the container finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Sprick, Christopher B. Clodfelter
  • Patent number: 6227437
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for high speed, reliable and repeatable delivery and reflow of solder material onto a substrate are disclosed. The apparatus has a repositionable capillary to direct individual solder material to a specific location on the substrate. An energy source is directed through the capillary onto the solder to reflow the solder to the substrate. The apparatus provides for individual introduction of the solder material into the capillary and urging of the solder material from a reservoir to the capillary while preventing unintended jams and blockage of the solder material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eli Razon, Vaughn Svendsen, Krishnan Suresh, Robert Kowtko, Kyle Dury
  • Patent number: 5947331
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for containers. The closure includes a cap which is fixedly mounted in an axial direction with respect to the container, but at least an actuating part thereof is rotatably mounted, and it is provided with at least one passage opening in which an end piece provided with an aperture for dispensing the product is movably mounted between at least a retracted closing position and a projecting open position, while a closure element is equipped with a stopper for closing or opening by the combined structure provided on it, in the cap and on the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: DEFI International
    Inventor: Agnes Goncalves
  • Patent number: 5931356
    Abstract: A dispenser including a bottle-mountable pour adapter with a central discharge spout and lateral discharge openings made selectively accessible by a removable cap capable of vertical adjustment relative to the adapter by cooperating cam elements on the cap and adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Stig Lillelund, Jakob Heiberg, Hanne Dalsgaard Jeppesen, Johan M.J.K. Mortier, Robert H.C.M. Daenen
  • Patent number: 5899359
    Abstract: An improved bulk valve for tapping bulk material such as chemicals or foodstuffs is provided. The bulk valve operates with a piston-like action, in which an inner valve cylinder assembly is drawn open to open a path to a discharge port, or driven shut with a locking plunger to create a firm seal. Serrated puncturing teeth are provided to pierce the membrane seal of the bulk container, and light weight and low cost are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Smith, M. Stephen Tschanen
  • Patent number: 5897037
    Abstract: A combination cap and dispensing spout assembly for a carbonated beverage bottle. It is designed to stay on the beverage bottle until it is empty. It is pressed onto the original sealing cap of the carbonated beverage bottle and it is detachably snapped over the annular shoulder on the neck of the bottle. When it is desired to dispense some of the beverage, the bottle is turned upside down and the combination cap and dispensing spout assembly is rotated about 1/4-3/4 of a turn which allows the carbonated beverage to pour out of the tubular spout of the combination cap and dispensing spout assembly. The carbonated gas that has escaped from the liquid beverage cannot readily escape from the carbonated beverage bottle but instead rises into the space above the liquid beverage in the bottles upside down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Paul A. Mann
  • Patent number: 5850950
    Abstract: A container for dispensing granular, flaked or powdered substances. The container has a container body, an adapter or neck, and a closure. The adapter is a hollow tube and has an adapter end connected to the container body. The adapter has an open end opposite the adapter end connected to the container body. The closure is adjustably coupled to the adapter at the adapter open end. The closure has a plurality of apertures in its closure wall. The closure is adjustable along an axis of the adapter by rotating the closure. The closure can be rotated to adjust the closure to an open position so that the apertures in the closure are at least partially unobstructed by the adapter and form a passageway into an interior hollow of the container. The closure can be rotated to adjust the closure to a closed position so that the closure apertures are completely obstructed by the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Magenta Corporation
    Inventor: Richard W. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 5746359
    Abstract: A water bottle for use in a humidifier is disclosed. The water bottle includes a bottom wall, a top wall and a circumferentially extending side wall extending between the bottom wall and top wall. A selective water dispenser, generally in the form of a water bottle dispensing cap, is mounted over a water dispensing opening formed in one of the walls of the water bottle. An air seal is provided for a water filling opening that is formed in one of the walls of the water bottle. The air seal, independent of a water seal, utilizes negative pressure differential in the water bottle that is generated during the dispensing of the water through the water dispensing opening to provide a vacuum air seal for the water filling opening independent of the pressure that may be required to complete the water seal for the water filling opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Terrence L. Stanek, Mark J. Tomasiak
  • Patent number: 5722451
    Abstract: A device for bleeding or draining a duct comprises a member for closing a passage that opens out into the duct, the member having a helical groove formed in its peripheral surface enabling it to be moved in the passage by screwing and unscrewing on a helical rib of a collar embedded in the material defining the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Denis Godeau, Anthony Garcia
  • Patent number: 5715977
    Abstract: A receiver, i.e., a container, has a ring provided with a distribution capsule. The capsule includes a cap provided with at least one distribution orifice which is mounted to be screwed and unscrewed between at least two positions, by at least one thread provided on the ring. The capsule also includes a reducer which is integral or attached to the ring and provided with a blocking tip so as to block at will the orifice of the cap as a function of its position on the ring. The ring of the container includes two parallel screwing threads adapted to cooperate each with a spur provided in the cap. The ring also includes helical ramps for assembly of the cap on the ring. The winding direction of the helical ramps alternates every quarter turn such that the helical ramps form two points and two recesses. Each recess is extended by a longitudinal groove which extends at least toward one of the threads and which is capable of receiving one of the spurs of the cap during assembly of the cap on the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Axia Cap
    Inventor: Agnes Goncalves
  • Patent number: 5636470
    Abstract: A pellet dispenser wherein pellets are loaded into a cylindrical cap having a centrally-located tube. The tube contains a guide and a flange end. The dispenser includes a base having an inclined skirt bounded by an external flange with a post to be inserted into the tube. The post is provided with a circumferential shoulder and a guideway. Insertion of the post into the tube orients the cap and base and permits relative rotation. The assembled dispenser is inverted for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Farnam Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric N. Blomquist
  • Patent number: 5628962
    Abstract: An analyzing apparatus has a movable container holding table on which a plurality of liquid containers are arranged. Each liquid container includes a container body accommodating a liquid such as a reagent, an opening portion, and a cap hinged to the container body. The analyzing apparatus further has a cap manipulator device including a hook for manipulating the cap so as to open and close the opening portion of the liquid container. The liquid in the liquid container whose opening portion is opened is aspirated through the opening portion and delivered to a liquid receiving container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Boehringer Mannheim GmbH
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kanbara, Hiroyasu Uchida
  • Patent number: RE39727
    Abstract: A dispenser closure is provided having a stopping mechanism that limits the rotation of the closure and generally prevents removal of the closure cap from the container. The dispenser closure includes a cap body, fitment and container finish. The cap body has a double shell design, which includes at least one drop lug projecting from the inner shell. When the cap body is rotated about the container finish, the drop lug engages at least one lug stop located on the container finish so as to limit the rotation, thereby preventing removal of the cap body from the container finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Sprick, Christopher B. Clodfelter