Plug Patents (Class 222/554)
  • Patent number: 11884533
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water dispenser including a container with an out-let channel at the bottom thereof and a manually operated valve arrangement with a valve member resiliently pre-stressed towards a closing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: LIFESTRAW SÀRL
    Inventors: Mikkel Vestergaard-Frandsen, Alison Hill, Jean-Luc Madier, Mathieu Corbineau, Lionel Sabourin, Jean-Marc Pascal
  • Patent number: 10342314
    Abstract: A liquid cosmetics case in which the number of parts is reduced and a liquid content is discharged by opening or closing a valve nozzle through rotation. The liquid cosmetics case includes a case body having an opened upper portion and filled with a liquid content therein, a solder unit coupled to the opened upper portion of the case body and having a discharge tube in which a discharge hole is defined in a central portion thereof, a valve unit inserted into the discharge tube to open or close the discharge hole according to elevation of a valve nozzle, a valve actuator unit rotatably coupled to an upper portion of the solder unit to convert the rotation movement into a vertical linear movement of the valve nozzle and open or close the discharge hole, and an applicator unit coupled to an upper end of the valve actuator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Young-Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 9939107
    Abstract: An oil nozzle assembly includes a nozzle body and a nozzle insert. The nozzle body includes a main portion, a tip portion, a collar, and a lip. The tip portion is connected to the main portion. The collar is positioned at an interface between the main portion and the tip portion. The lip extends radially outward from the tip portion and includes an outer diameter. The nozzle insert includes a sleeve, an endwall connected to the sleeve, an orifice, and a retention element. The orifice is disposed in the endwall and is fluidly connected to the tip portion of the nozzle body. The retention element extends radially inward from the sleeve. A portion of the retention element includes an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Adam G. Smedresman, Yuk-Kwan Brian Yuen
  • Patent number: 9500986
    Abstract: A toner case (6) according to the present invention includes a case main body (22) and a dividing member (23). The case main body (22) is configured to have a filling port (32) through which a toner is filled and a discharging port (42) through which the toner is discharged. The dividing member (23) is configured to divide an internal space of the case main body (22) into a first space (S1) communicated with the filling port (32) and the discharging port (42) and a second space (S2) restrained from communication with the filling port (32) and the discharging port (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Rei Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9493292
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spray head (1) for a spray can with the spray head to be placed on a valve having an inner valve seat, wherein said spray head (1) being provided with a tubular hollow cylinder (2) extending coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the spray can, said cylinder being coupleable to the valve and designed to include a passage (3) for the spraying product contained in the spray can, said passage (3) ending in an outlet nozzle (4) pointing in radial direction and said hollow cylinder (2) having an opening (5) on one of its longitudinal sides at its valve-side end so that actuating the spray head (1) allows the product to be sprayed to enter the hollow cylinder (2) through said opening (5), and wherein a rotatable regulating pin (6) extends through the passage (3) in the hollow cylinder (2), the outer diameter of said regulating pin (6) corresponding at its valve-side end to the inside diameter of the passage (3) arranged in the hollow cylinder (2) and said regulating pin (6) having at its v
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Peter Kwasny GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Kwasny
  • Patent number: 9207571
    Abstract: This image formation device is provided with a toner case (6), a developer body (83) and a developer (12). The toner case (6) includes a case body (22) having a discharge port (35), and a case-side shutter (28) for opening and closing the discharge port (35). A replenishing port (88) for accepting the toner is provided to the developer body (83). The developer (12) includes a developer-side shutter (98) for opening and closing the replenishing port (88). When the toner case (6) has been mounted on the developer (12) and the case-side shutter (28) is displaced from a position where the discharge port (35) is closed to a position where the discharge port (35) is open, the case-side shutter (28) pushes and displaces the developer-side shutter (98) from a position where the replenishing port (88) is closed to a position where the replenishing port (88) is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Daisuke Eto, Koji Tanio
  • Patent number: 8939670
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotation on/off-type brush-tube-shaped cosmetic container, having following advantages: only with the action of turning a rotation cap, a cosmetic container may be simply opened/closed, resulting in discharging the cosmetics; though a tube container is accidentally pressurized while being used or while in storage, it still can prevent the cosmetics from being leaked. In addition, by means of the shape of a screw-type spiral groove, a seal cap and a rotation cap can be firmly fixed at the maximum rising/descending position, and can be carried out in a smooth manner during rising/descending movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Yonwoo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Woong Choi
  • Patent number: 8814010
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a squeeze-type container produces a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment. The dispensing closure includes a closure body having an upper deck and a skirt depending from the upper deck. The skirt is configured and arranged to attach to a product container, such as a squeeze-type container. A flow conduit extends from an interior of the closure body and through the upper deck to provide a flow path from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure. The flow conduit has an entrance orifice and an exit orifice. The flow conduit has an inner wall extending between the entrance orifice and the exit orifice. The flow conduit and the closure body are integrally formed. The flow conduit includes a tip portion with an exit orifice defining a shape to provide a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Romanov, Clifford Skillin, Patrick Brannon
  • Patent number: 8727148
    Abstract: A cap is received on an associated bottle opening. The cap preferably includes an annular body and a sidewall that includes a thread member extending around at least a portion of an inner surface thereof. A closing surface extends substantially perpendicular to the sidewall and is dimensioned to cover the associated bottle opening. As disclosed, an opening in the cap closing surface has first, second, and third portions that each form distinct interconnected narrow, intermediate, and large pour opening portions. A lid is selectively received on the closing surface and includes a seal extending outwardly from a surface thereof. The seal includes similarly dimensioned first, second, and third portions that conform to and selectively seal with the first, second, and third portions of the cap opening. Another exemplary embodiment includes a tear-away panel portion that includes a tab to aid in removal of the panel portion and forming the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Creative Edge Design Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Soehnlen, Gregory M. Soehnlen
  • Publication number: 20140131399
    Abstract: The valve includes a female part having a closed, transverse, proximal end wall, and a tubular wall integral with a flange part, a lateral opening being formed on the proximal section of the tubular wall, a male part having a tubular wall forming, on the proximal side, a closing/opening part having an open, transverse, proximal end; the closing/opening part has an external shape and an external dimension that fit the internal shape and internal dimension of the proximal receiving part of the female part. The sealing elements include three ring seals separated from one another in an axial direction, supported by the upper surface of the tubular wall of the male part and engaging with the female part, a proximal seal to the fluid product, a distal seal to external contaminants, and an intermediate seal to the fluid product and to external contaminants between the proximal and distal seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Sartorius Stedim FMT SAS
    Inventors: Florian Blake, Jeremy Gibelin
  • Patent number: 8613378
    Abstract: A device for dispensing fluid substances, preferably creams, including a container with which a cap is associated formed from an inner body seal inserted into the mouth and an outer body superposed on the inner body. The outer body presenting elements for its coupling to the container which enable it to undergo axial translation relative to the inner body, from which an elongated appendix projects presenting apertures for dispensing the product. The cap is operable between a closed position and a dispensing position. The container is provided with at least one abutment adapted to oppose a counter-abutment provided on the inner body to prevent the inner body from rotating relative to the container to define the dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lumson S.p.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Moretti
  • Patent number: 8584910
    Abstract: A device for selectively allowing and disallowing passage of semi-solid from a container. A housing has an inlet port through which semi-solid can enter, an outlet port through which semi-solid can exit, and a bore. A barrel fits, and can turn, within the bore. An operator outside the housing is operable to turn the barrel within the bore. The barrel has a through-passage which in a first position of operation by the operator, allows passage of semi-solid through the device by registering the inlet port to the outlet port. In a second position of operation passage of semi-solid is disallowed by the operator unregistering the inlet port to the outlet port. A cover external to the housing is selectively positionable with the barrel for occluding the outlet port in the second position and for not occluding the outlet port in the first position. Semi-solids include medicinal, edible, and non-edible materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Paul D. Daly, Elizabeth H. Daly
  • Patent number: 8528837
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aerosol can comprising a body containing a propellant and an aerosol product, a valve whose actuation enables said aerosol product to be sprayed, and a spray head (1) which serves to discharge the aerosol product to the environment when the valve is actuated. The spray product discharge rate of the inventive aerosol can is adjustable by means of an adjusting device provided in the spray head (1). Said invention can primarily be used for aerosol paint cans in view of the fact that for such applications a controlled and uniform discharge rate is of particular importance in order to avoid painting defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Peter Kwasny GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Kwasny
  • Patent number: 8286832
    Abstract: The dispensing device for single use includes a multicomponent cartridge (1), a mixer (8) having a mixer housing (9), as well as closure means for closing the outlets (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge. These closure means are connected to the mixer housing and comprise a respective closure stopper (13, 14) for each outlet that is insertable in an outlet (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge and is deformable such that upon rotation of the mixer housing relative to the cartridge, the closure stoppers (13, 14) are removed from the outlets (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventor: Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Publication number: 20100258595
    Abstract: A flow control device for dispensing a multi-phase oral composition. The device includes a housing, a restrictor and an insert that fits within and cooperates with the housing and restrictor to dispense the oral composition. A flowpath is formed in and around the insert, as well as in the housing such that the composition passes through one or more channels defined by the cooperative arrangement of the insert and housing. Changes in relative position between the insert and the housing facilitate selective alignment of the various channels with a discharge orifice formed in the housing such that a user can vary the way the proportions of discreet fluids making up the oral composition are dispensed through said orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Girard Maietta, William Herbert Poff, III, Ralph Albert Sagel, Neil Anthony Strausbaugh
  • Patent number: 7717281
    Abstract: A closure cap may include a base portion and a lid. The base portion may include a dispenser orifice. The lid may include a sealing stud arranged to be engaged in the dispenser orifice when the lid is closed. The sealing stud may comprise at least one portion in relief arranged to snap-fasten in the base portion. The sealing stud may also include an elastically deformable zone of increased deformability, in which at least part of the portion in relief may be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Gilles Baudin
  • Patent number: 7681754
    Abstract: A thermos (with or without a vacuum) with an improved beverage consumption apparatus which enables a liquid to be consumed directly from the thermos when a valve is pushed to the opened condition so that liquid can exit the interior of the thermos. Thermos also contains an improved larger easily locatable circumferential closing ring which facilitates closure of the container when the user is in a darkened area or driving a moving vehicle so that the consumer must have one hand on the steering wheel and is not necessarily looking at the thermos. The thermos also comprises an improved sealing cap to facilitate valve closure. The thermos also contains an improved valve sealing means to assure that even a tiny amount of liquid will not seep out of the thermos when the thermos is placed into a container such as a briefcase which contains written material and valuable electronic objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Ross
  • Patent number: 6997397
    Abstract: A trigger sprayer includes a sprayer body having a barrel with an internal passage, and a nozzle mounted over an open end of the barrel for rotation between dispensing and non-dispensing positions. The nozzle has a plug that is received in the open end of the barrel passage. The plug has laterally opening windows positioned for selective registry with an internal axial slot in the wall of the barrel passage adjacent to the open end of the barrel. The windows in the plug connect with fluid outlets in the nozzle. The nozzle is rotatable around the end of the barrel selectively for bringing the windows into registry with the slot in the barrel to dispense fluid from the end of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Continental AFA Dispensing Company
    Inventors: Wing-Kwong Keung, Martin S. Laffey
  • Patent number: 6871764
    Abstract: A closure includes: (a) a base attached to an opening of a container, a conduit extending therethrough in fluid communication with contents of the container, a tubular spout guide defining a portion of the conduit, an annular deck extending radially inwardly from an inner circumferential surface of the base defining a central orifice in fluid communication with the conduit,;and (b) an annular spout mounted to the tubular spout guide for reciprocation between an open position and a closed position, the spout including (1) an annular wall and (2) a plug positioned radially within the annular wall; the plug has annular, outer circumferential seal surface that is received within, and plugs the central orifice of the deck; a portion of the seal surface of the plug is axially recessed or flush with the annular wall of the spout; the seal surface has either a cylindrical shape or a frustoconical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Creaive Packaging Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Stoneberg, Terry E. Kubitz, Dennis J. Tortorella
  • Patent number: 6837405
    Abstract: A dispensing container is provided which includes an ovaloid bottle and an ovaloid overcap. The bottle includes a dispensing aperture. The overcap is formed with a roof at a closed end thereof and a surrounding wall with a mouth defining an open end opposite the closed end. A pintel and a circular collar both project from the roof in a direction toward the open end. The pintel is sealingly fittable into the dispensing aperture. The circular collar ensures that the pintel will not misalign with the aperture of the bottle and thereby avoids damage to the soft plastic of the pintel. The bottle has a shoulder which serves as a camming device for easy removal of the overcap in a twist motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Rainey, Raymond Michael Flaig
  • Patent number: 6732674
    Abstract: Watering trough for animals provided at the base of its tank with an emptying opening. The emptying opening is of large diameter (between 90 and 120 mm) and is closed by a monobloc plug in two portions, a first portion which closes the emptying opening and a second screw-threaded portion, which engages in a screw-thread disposed in the wall of a recess hollowed out in the wall of the tank; the height of the portion being equal to the depth of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: La Buvette
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Gustin
  • Patent number: 6705482
    Abstract: A closure for sealing the open end of body fluid collection, transport or storage containers or tubes. The closure includes a ball and socket arrangement, wherein the ball rotates within the socket to align a passageway through the ball with the opening in the tube. To close the closure, a tab or protrusion extending from the ball is pushed to rotate the ball and orient the passageway perpendicular to the opening of the tube. When the closure is in the closed position, the ball and socket form a liquid tight seal to prevent liquid in the tube from leaking out of the tube, evaporating or being contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventors: Steven Robert Savitz, Gary S. Grant
  • Patent number: 6691900
    Abstract: A plug for removably resealing an aperture in a soft plastic dispensing conduit of a container of material. The plug includes a handle-like upper portion, and a conically tapering lower portion with contiguous scoring edges each having a leading and a trailing surface which form a sharp circumferential point. By firmly inserting the plug into the aperture and then screwing it in, one or several points score a segment of the conduit interior surface, proximate to the aperture, forming grooves. Meshing of edge points and grooves create an air-tight seal. The aperture, reopened by unscrewing the plug, can be repetitively resealed because the scoring edges track within the preformed grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: William F. Cermak, III
  • Publication number: 20040026420
    Abstract: A container having a rotatable dispenser closure is disclosed. The container has a body portion and a closure portion. The container body has at its upper end a closure securing section that is folded inwardly and downwardly so that it is in contact with the inner surface of the body sidewall. The closure includes a sidewall having a lower section, an upper section and a first rim. The lower section of the closure sidewall fits snugly against the interior of the body sidewall below the closure securing section, the upper section of the closure sidewall engages the closure securing section, and the first rim of the closure sidewall rests on the top of the closure securing section. In this manner, the closure is coupled to the container body so that the closure is prevented from upward or downward movement but not axial rotation. Both the body sidewall and the closure sidewall contain apertures that are positioned so that they may be aligned when the closure is rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030209563
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated carafe having high flow characteristics is taught, which includes a double wall metallic body (22) with the air evacuated from the space between the walls forming an insulating layer. The body has a top (26) and a bottom (28) with a base (30) attached to the bottom for resting the carafe on a flat surface. A mounting ring (34) is connected to the top of the body and includes a outside surface (36) and a central opening (38), with the outside surface having a pouring spout (40) and a handle (50). An interfacing gasket (54) seals the mounting ring to the body and a stopper (58), having a cap (70), an inner cup (60) and an outer ring (62) containing external male threads, and a plurality of integral ribs (68) connect the cup to the ring while forming a void (68) between the ribs. A liquid sealing gasket (72) is disposed between the stopper and the mounting ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventors: Shin-Shuoh Lin, Ji-Jun Wu
  • Publication number: 20030155385
    Abstract: A shutoff valve that in open state provides unobstructed straight flow through of the carried media. Operating without any critical metal to metal contact by utilizing elastic seals. The valve can be easily disassembled and reassembled without the use of tools, and constructed with fully interchangeable, replaceable and autoclavable parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Eivind Olav Sohoel, Robert Larnson
  • Patent number: 6435474
    Abstract: A non-contaminating gas-tight valve for controlling a flow of granular polysilicon. The valve has a spherical valve member formed from single-crystal polysilicon, so that any particles worn from the valve member during use will be non-contaminating polysilicon. The valve member has a passage through which granular polysilicon flows when the valve is in an open position. When rotated perpendicular to the flow, the passage no longer permits movement of granular polysilicon through the valve. The valve member has a smooth finish and is wiped clean when rotated against non-abrasive upper and lower seats, reducing the likelihood of valve member wear. A cavity between the valve member and the valve body allows for removal of excess granular polysilicon from the valve, inhibiting the valve from seizing due to excess granular polysilicon slipping past the upper valve seat and accumulating within the valve. The valve additionally forms a gas-tight seal between an upstream and downstream side of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Dick Stetson Williams, Treaf Andrus, Timothy J. Kulage, Ken Harrell
  • Patent number: 6357361
    Abstract: An assembly for selectively closing a pneumatic discharge outlet is disclosed. Such assembly includes a closure cap which, in a closed position, fits about and partially along to cover a free end of the discharge outlet and which is movable to an open position relative to the free end of the discharge outlet. Structure connects the closure cap to one side of the free end of the discharge outlet in a manner permitting pivotal and sliding movements of the closure cap relative to the free end of the discharge outlet, and wherein the sliding movements of said closure cap are limited to a fixed path of travel relative to the discharge outlet. A manually operated lock assembly attached at an opposite side of the free end of the discharge outlet cooperates with the structure in releasably maintaining the closure cap in the closed position while allowing for one-handed operation to move the closure cap to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Miner Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy J. Dohr
  • Publication number: 20020023892
    Abstract: A closure for sealing the open end of body fluid collection, transport or storage containers or tubes. The closure includes a ball and socket arrangement, wherein the ball rotates within the socket to align a passageway through the ball with the opening in the tube. To close the closure, a tab or protrusion extending from the ball is pushed to rotate the ball and orient the passageway perpendicular to the opening of the tube. When the closure is in the closed position, the ball and socket form a liquid tight seal to prevent liquid in the tube from leaking out of the tube, evaporating or being contaminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventors: Steven Robert Savitz, Gary S. Grant
  • Patent number: 6302296
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for depositing confectionery into a mold. The device includes a piston member for discharging in a stroke a confectionery mass into the mold; a valve for cutting off the stroke to stop the discharge; and a nozzle having an outlet portion of reduced diameter. The piston member can have an operative stroke profile comprising a velocity that increases during the stroke. Additionally, the valve may move relative to the nozzle during cut-off and can have a starting cut-off motion magnitude of at least 400 mm/sec. The invention eliminates the tailing problems and can improve the accuracy and repeatability of weights during deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roy B. Nelson, David Howard Nelson
  • Patent number: 6161712
    Abstract: A closure for sealing the open end of body fluid collection, transport or storage containers or tubes. The closure includes a ball and socket arrangement, wherein the ball rotates within the socket to align a passageway through the ball with the opening in the tube. To close the closure, a tab or protrusion extending from the ball is pushed to rotate the ball and orient the passageway perpendicular to the opening of the tube. When the closure is in the closed position, the ball and socket form a liquid tight seal to prevent liquid in the tube from leaking out of the tube, evaporating or being contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Steven Robert Savitz, David Robert Schiff, Karl Dallas Kirk, III
  • Patent number: 6083528
    Abstract: Varying the daily dose of either or both of the estrogen and the progestogen administered for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is readily and inexpensively accomplished, without the necessity of the physician prescribing a new product each time the daily dose of the estrogen or progestogen is changed, by administering preferably transdermally the estrogen and the progestogen contained in separate extrudable pharmaceutical compositions from a dispenser which contains means, preferably adjustable only by the attending physician or dispensing pharmacist, for varying the volume of either or both of the respective compositions which is dispensed as a single dose from the dispenser in response to a defined digital dispensing manipulation of the dispenser thereby facilitating optimal compliance to a combination of HRT with individually adjusted dosages of the estrogen and progestogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Schering Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jorg Elliesen, Jutta Riedl
  • Patent number: 6021928
    Abstract: A tap (14) for a drainage bag (10) is provided which can be welded to the bag material with the tap in a ready-assembled condition. The tap includes an integral attachment portion (20) and a housing (18). An L-shaped tubular tap member (16) with a handle (30) is inserted in an aperture of the housing (18), and is rotatable in the aperture between a closed position in which the outlet (22) points upwardly, and an open position in which the outlet (22) points downwardly. In the closed position, a peripheral region (54) of the attachment portion (20) projects beyond the tap member (16) on all sides, to enable the assembled tap to be welded to the bag material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventor: Malcolm I. Falconer
  • Patent number: 6018638
    Abstract: A developer container which includes a connector element that connects a container body to an image forming apparatus. The connector has three openings therein. The first and second opening of the connector define a throughway for the developer. The third opening is situated between the first and second openings, and receives a rotating sealing member. The sealing member is rotated to open and close the throughway of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan-Tung Li
  • Patent number: 5931357
    Abstract: A closure arrangement for a bottle has a tiltable closure cap (14) mounted on a special neck formation having a spherical surface zone (18, 20) on the inner and/or outer surfaces. The closure cap (14) has an upper portion (36), e.g. in the form of a cap, joined to a downward extension e.g. in the form of a sealing annulus (22) which is trapped below the restricted opening formed by the neck's overhanging convergent zone (18). The annulus (22) seals in the convergent zone. The closure is opened by tilting the cap (36), e.g. with one finger, thus tilting one side of the sealing annulus (22) up and out of sealing engagement to open up a flow passage. An exterior guide part (40) of the cap (36) slides down the outer spherical surface (20) of the neck to control the tilt movement. In an alternative embodiment the sealing periphery is at the upper, cap portion of the closure which may also have a discharge spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Anthony Charles Lammond Wass
  • Patent number: 5927557
    Abstract: A reservoir and faucet assembly for a water cooler includes at least one faucet fitting for removable mounting of a faucet, wherein the faucet fitting has a check valve mounted therein to prevent water spillage when the faucet is removed. The check valve is adapted to be opened when the faucet is installed within the faucet fitting and to close when the faucet is removed from the reservoir. With this design, the faucet can be disassembled from the reservoir, without first requiring drainage of water from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventors: Louis M. Busick, Brian R. Fortner, Michael T. Kopczewski
  • Patent number: 5918775
    Abstract: A simplified liquid dispenser comprises a hopper formed at the bottom into a base through which a base passage is drilled. The hopper contains the liquid to be dispensed. A rotary plug valve controls the flow of the liquid through the base. The plug valve is formed by a shaft journal which mates with a base bore which intersects the base passage at right angles. The shaft journal contains a shaft passage which, when aligned with the base passage, allows the liquid to flow out of the dispenser, and when not aligned with the base passage, prevents the exit of the liquid. A shaft handle contains a slot through which a restraining screw is attached to the base, allowing the rotation of the shaft through ninety degrees. The dispenser is fabricated from a hard, slippery plastic material, obviating the need for bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Liquid Dispenser
    Inventors: Edward R Arcese, Edward R Arcese, Jr.
  • 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: 5678709
    Abstract: A multi-chamber substance containment apparatus including a bottle, a spherical hollow member and a housing. The bottle includes an opening surrounded by a flange which has a spherical inner surface formed to receive the hollow member. The hollow member includes a lower opening and an upper opening. The housing is adjustably connected to the bottle to bias the hollow member against the spherical inner surface of the flange, thereby creating a seal around the opening of the bottle. In a closed position, a portion of the hollow member blocks the opening of the bottle. In an open position, the hollow member is rotated into an upright position such that the opening of the bottle and the lower opening of the hollow member are aligned to form a passage between an interior of the bottle and an interior of the hollow member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Insta-Mix Partners
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5605241
    Abstract: A device for controllably retaining a liquid to prevent spillage when the bottle is tilted or inverted for positioning the bottle to discharge the container's liquid contents into the intended orifice. The hydraulically operated plug forms an air tight seal with the smooth inner surface of the neck of the container, permitting the container to be inverted and positioned over the intended receptacle without releasing any fluid. Upon squeezing the flexible container, the lid is forced from the container by the hydraulic pressure exerted on the inner surface of the lid, permitting the liquid to pour freely from the container into the intended receptacle. A tether attaching the plug to an exterior location on the container allows the plug to fall clear of the stream of flow while preventing the plug from becoming lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Rosemarie V. Imperioli
  • Patent number: 5540341
    Abstract: A multi-chamber bottle includes an opening surrounded by a flange which has a spherical inner surface formed to receive a hollow member. The hollow member includes a lower opening and an upper opening. The housing is adjustable to bias the hollow member against the spherical inner surface of the flange, to seal around the opening. When closed, a portion of the hollow member blocks the opening. When open, the hollow member is in an upright position such that the opening of the bottle and the lower opening of the hollow member are aligned. A method for mixing two substances includes disposing an amount of one substance in the bottle, adjusting the hollow member to block the opening of the bottle, and disposing an amount of another substance in the hollow member. To mix the substances, the hollow member is rotated into the open position and the apparatus is shaken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Insta-Mix Partners
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5419468
    Abstract: In this developing toner supply device, the main body of a toner cartridge having an unused toner storing room is designed in a longitudinal vessel shape. A projecting portion is projected from the front wall of the cartridge at the casing side to engage with the recess portion of a toner storing portion. A semi-circular support wall is formed at the projecting portion to project toward the unused toner storing room side. A longitudinally-extending cartridge side opening is formed on the support wall. A semi-cylindrical cartridge side rotating member engages with the cartridge side and opens rotatably between the closing position where the cartridge side opening is closed and the opening position where the cartridge side opening is opened. When the toner cartridge is detached from the casing, the cartridge side opening is closed. The flat side surface of the cartridge side rotating member serves as the outer surface of the toner cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Taki
  • Patent number: 5370319
    Abstract: An adjustable slot nozzle is provided including a nozzle body having a surface formed with an elongated slot, at least one supply channel connected to a source of fluid, a number of second channels having an inlet and an outlet connected to the elongated slot and a cylindrical slider member positioned between the supply channel and the inlets to the second channels to control the flow of fluid therebetween. The slot nozzle also includes a sleeve construction which varies the axial width of the elongated slot through which fluid can be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Willi Schlegel
  • Patent number: 5295601
    Abstract: A caulk cartridge cap is designed to enable the storage of unused portions of products of the types supplied within caulk cartridge type containers to thus maintain them in a reusable condition. The cap operates as a closure for purposes of resealing a caulk type cartridge to prevent the premature drying out or aging of the materials stored within the cartridge and to also prevent blockage within the cartridge applicator tube. The cap includes an orifice retention rod which is positionable within the applicator tube, and a self-threading insert positioned within the cap is then used to threadably attach the cap to the cartridge. Modified embodiments of the cap include the use of a tether, a scraping edge formed on the orifice retention rod, and a bracket assembly to which the cap is rotatably attached and which may be mounted to a conventional caulk cartridge holding gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Richard F. Bostelman
  • Patent number: 5275298
    Abstract: A storage container for storing powdered baby formula consisting of a first opening mated with a baby bottle and a hollow member rotatably disposed in the container. A wall of the hollow member provides a waterproof seal between the interior of the hollow member and the baby bottle when the hollow member is rotated into a first position. The hollow member defines a second opening which aligns with the first opening when the hollow member is rotated into a second position. The container also has a second open end for mating to a nipple. The container is used to store a pre-measured amount of powdered formula and the baby bottle is used to store a pre-measured amount of water. When in the first position the wall of the hollow member prevents contact between the powdered formula and the water. At a desired time, the hollow member is rotated to the second position to allow the water and powdered formula to mix, thereby producing liquid baby formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Jr., Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5246139
    Abstract: A container is provided for storing and dispensing materials such as liquids or powders, having a first compartment having a first end and side walls, and a second compartment disposed within the first end of the first compartment such that a gap exists between an outer wall of the second compartment and the side wall portion of the first compartment, with the gap being wide enough for material to pass therethrough. The container can be squeezed, inverted or shaken to force an amount of material from the first compartment and into the second compartment through the gap. The second compartment may be friction fit or snap fit within the first end of the first compartment, while retaining the gap between the outer wall of the second compartment and the side wall portion of the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Inventor: Antoine Duceppe
  • Patent number: 5219096
    Abstract: A squirt gun pistol form to project a protective and disabling fluid as ammonia or jalapena juice wherein the projection force and fluid storage are combined in a collapsible bulb threadedly connected to a leakproof assembly embodying an on-off valve, a valve pointer a liquid channels which are sized to maximize protective fluid range beyond the grasp of a human predator or the teeth of a vicious dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Inventor: Virgil N. Wing
  • Patent number: 5188264
    Abstract: A railroad hopper car discharge gate has slope sheets which terminate in a longitudinally extending lip, with the lips being spaced and there being a trough secured to the slope sheets beneath the spaced lips. Discharge from the gate is controlled by a rotatable longitudinal discharge valve shaft which extends between the lips of the slope sheets and is positioned to control flow from the gate interior above the slope sheets to the discharge trough. There is an operating handle for each end of the shaft, with the handles each being movable between a position in which the handle is locked on the shaft for rotation therewith, and a position in which the shaft is rotatable relative to the handle. There are stops positioned adjacent each handle for limiting rotation thereof. The valve shaft has a pair of axially spaced and axially extending recessed areas which are circumferentially non-aligned, but in part circumferentially overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Gen-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Parkow, Robert F. Seitz
  • Patent number: 5156302
    Abstract: A two-part valve for opening or closing the flow of liquid from a container. The first part is a valve body which may be attached to the container, and the valve body has a frusto-spherical inner surface therein. The second part is a valve which has a generally spherical outer surface with a handle extending outwardly therefrom. A liquid passageway extends from the inner portion of the valve to an opening which may be moved inwardly or outwardly of the valve body depending upon the position of the valve handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Tasco Molds, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy H. Kuitems
  • Patent number: 5139172
    Abstract: A wall-mounted container capable of storing in bulk both liquid and powdered forms of standard laundry products, such as detergents, bleaches and fabric softeners. The container has a wide opening at the top for receiving fluid laundry products. The top may be closed with a tight fitting lid which may also serve as a stand to support a cup for receiving the dispensed products. The bottom of the container is a funnel shape to allow the fluid contents to flow downwards into a valve located at the apex of the funnel. A standard ball valve with a wide aperture is capable of passing both liquid and powdered materials while preventing any leakage when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Terry Brown