Pivoted Patents (Class 222/556)
  • Patent number: 10239618
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling airflow in a duct of an aircraft galley chiller includes first and second legs having ends connected together to form a vane, and free ends configured to be attached within the duct. A free end of one first leg may have a beveled edge, and the free end of the other leg may have a flat edge, and each leg may have one or more score lines to aid cutting lengths of the first and second legs. The legs are connected together at a predetermined fixed angle, or at an adjustable angle, such as by an adjustable hinge. A pair of opposing vanes may be attached within opposing sides of the duct to form a venturi within the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Leslie Burd
  • Patent number: 10143963
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a mercury removal system for a coal-fired power plant comprising: a mercury content monitoring system configured to monitor a mercury concentration in flue gas; a fly ash collecting device configured to collect fly ash from an electrostatic precipitator in the coal-fired power plant; a modifying device configured to be supplied with the collected fly ash and prepare a mercury sorbent from the fly ash; a sorbent injector configured to inject the mercury sorbent into flues of the coal-fired power plant so as to mix and contact with the flue gas in the flue and adsorb the elemental mercury in the flue gas. Thus, the concentration of the mercury pollutant emission is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NORTH CHINA ELECTRIC POWER UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yongsheng Zhang, Yongzheng Gu, Jiawei Wang, Zhao Liu, Weiping Pan
  • Patent number: 10016762
    Abstract: A bowl mill for producing coarse ground particles has a substantially closed body, a bowl assembly, a plurality of grinding rolls, and a coarse particle transport enabling area. The substantially closed body has an interior area. The bowl assembly includes a rotatable grinding table mounted for rotation in a direction of rotation in the interior area. The grinding table has a grinding surface thereon. The plurality of grinding rolls are positioned proximate the grinding surface. The grinding rolls and the grinding surface define a grinding area therebetween. The coarse particle transport enabling area is located radially outward from the grinding area. The coarse particle transport enabling area is configured to allow the coarse particles to freely exit the grinding area and to mitigate the coarse particles from being circulated back into the grinding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Arvos Raymond Bartlett Snow LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Chen, Jianrong Chen, Timothy P. Johns
  • Patent number: 9919910
    Abstract: A fluid pressurization and dispensing system, including a coupler releasably attached to a vessel via an attachment means for securing a vacuum seal between the coupler and the vessel for maintaining pressure within the vessel, refreshing the gas composition within the vessel, and dispensing of a fluid contents externally from within the vessel without disturbing the vacuum seal. The coupler has a rigid single body unit having a tap head, a shank, and a cap which are contiguous thereof the coupler including a plurality of channels each integrally machined within an interior portion of the coupler. The system regulates a flow of gas from a pressurized gas cartridge via a gas pressure regulator, enables venting excess gas via a gas pressure relief valve, enables measurement of gas pressure within the vessel via a gas pressure gauge. Another embodiment of the system includes a coupler including a bi-level tap head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: John Delano Gibson, Todd Kristian Hansen
  • Patent number: 9745109
    Abstract: A container closure (10) is provided and comprises a base (50) and a lid (55), and the footprint of the lid is larger than the footprint of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: OBRIST CLOSURES SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Francis Lepage
  • Patent number: 9631382
    Abstract: A product and method for sealing cracks in pavements, roofs, or the like utilizes a can containing a tar sealant. The tar sealant is a solid at room temperature and assumes a fluid state pourable from the can when the tar sealant is heated in the can to a temperature above the melting temperature of the tar sealant. A spout and handle that can withstand the heat are fitted to the can for pouring the melted tar sealant in a fluid state from the can into a crack to be sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Murphy
  • Patent number: 9549605
    Abstract: A cap that is suitable for use on conventional liquid containers, particularly water bottles for recreational use. The cap includes a release mechanism for dispensing liquids. The release mechanism is at an angle from the vertical axis of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Danelski
  • Patent number: 9346200
    Abstract: A first component which assembles onto an outlet opening of a container and provides a seal; the first component containing a snap component to engage to a second component to form a closure; a second component combined with first component forms a dispensing orifice wherein the dispensing orifice is positioned directly adjacent to the open portion of container outlet; a motion of second component pivots about an axis to open a dispensing orifice; wherein second component engages with first component when second component is moved relative to first component to enable operation of orifice; first component comprising one or more elements being in a specific juxtaposition enabling a small height and a low profile for one or more elements of first component; the element(s) being in the plane or below the plane of the outlet of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Widalys Luz Desoto-Burt, Todd Mitchell Day, Ralph Edwin Neufarth, Richard Darren Satterfield, Chow-chi Huang, Miguel Alberto Herrera, Alfredo Pagan
  • Patent number: 9284100
    Abstract: A hinged closure lid made of plastic for placing onto a container, has a main part which has a dispenser opening, a lid which is mounted pivotably on the main part and, in a closure position resting on the main part, closes the dispenser opening, and an actuating part which is mounted on the main part so as to be adjustable between an inoperative position and an actuating position. The lid can be adjusted from the closure position in the direction of an open position when the actuating part is actuated. The actuating part here is connected to the lid via at least one flexible web serving as a predetermined breaking point. The web is destroyed when the actuating part is first adjusted into the actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KRALLMANN KUNSTSOFFVERARBEITUNG GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Gonnert, Kerstin Krallmann, Rainer Krallmann
  • Publication number: 20150108167
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing closure comprising a base and a cover being attached to said base by a hinge and being movable between an opened and a closed position, said cover comprising an outer side-wall, wherein said dispensing closure also comprises tamper evident elements indicating whether said cover had been opened or not. The tamper-evident elements comprise a first latch element and a second latch element engaging with each other when said cover is in its closed position The cover comprises a push-button region being arranged such that when being pushed by a user at least partly in a radial inward direction, the first latch element will be brought out of engagement with said second latch element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Aptar Freyung GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Wohlgenannt, Bruno Königseder, Katrin Prinz
  • Patent number: 9010952
    Abstract: A cap for a liquor bottle can have an upper wall, a cylindrical outer wall and an internally threaded inner wall configured to be secured to an externally threaded neck of a liquor bottle. The cap can include a spout pivotally coupled to the upper wall comprising first and second parallel internal passageways extending longitudinally through the spout and configured to pivot between an open position and a closed position. An annular light ring can be positioned between the outer and inner walls and can include light sources configured to emit light downwardly toward an annular shoulder of the liquor bottle. The light sources can emit light in various different manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Edge Beverage 2 LLC
    Inventors: Chris Lenahan, Danny Mills, Lyle Andrew Ramsdell
  • Publication number: 20150083759
    Abstract: A container for the storage and dispensing of viscous liquids having an opening with a valve, a vent, and a modified inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Franco Silva MEDEIROS, Ralph Albert SAGEL, Raymond Charles BELL, Christopher Lawrence SMITH
  • Patent number: 8985407
    Abstract: A one-piece dispensing cap includes a sidewall and an upper surface. A lid is hingedly connected to the upper surface and the lid is moveable between open and closed positions. A plurality of dispensing apertures are disposed in the upper surface and a plurality of projections depend from an interior surface of the lid. The plurality of projections mate with the plurality of apertures to seal the cap in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Dustin John Mack
  • Patent number: 8960506
    Abstract: A closure (30) is provided for an opening (32) of a container (31) having a container interior (33) where a product may be stored. The closure (30) includes a base (34) having a deck wall (62) overlaying the opening (32), a pouring spout (64) extending along a longitudinal axis (66) from the deck wall (62) to a pouring lip (68) above the deck wall (62), a dispensing port (70) extending through the deck wall (62) and terminating at a location within the pouring spout (64) below the pouring lip (68) to direct product from the opening (32) to the pouring spout (64), and a vent port (74) spaced laterally from the dispensing port (70) and extending from a first orifice (76) in the deck wall (62) to a second orifice (78) located within the pouring spout (64) below the pouring lip (68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Stacy L. Beilke, John M. Wisniewski, David VandenBerg
  • Patent number: 8960491
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (100) for loosely stored products, comprising a container body (10) having a connecting means (16), the container further comprising a cover (11) having a connecting means (19), said connecting means (19) of the cover (11) having a hinge (21), wherein said connecting means (19) of the cover (11) is engaged with said connecting means (16) of the container body (10) from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Clariant Production (France) S.A.S.
    Inventors: Valere Logel, Dominique Bois
  • Patent number: 8960490
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a cover member for attachment to a container, the cover member including a top surface and a side surface extending from the top surface, wherein the top surface includes an aperture providing access to contents of the container; an actuating member attached to the cover member and positionable between closed and open positions to close and open the aperture, wherein depressing the actuating member opens the aperture and releasing the actuating member closes the aperture; and a locking member provided on the actuating member, the locking member positionable to lock the actuating member in either the closed or open position to maintain the aperture in either the closed or open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Leedsworld, Inc.
    Inventors: Alison Carlile, Mindy Hoffmann, Jaime Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150048124
    Abstract: A closure (20, 20A) is provided for a container that has an opening to the container interior wherein contents may be stored. The closure (20, 20A) includes the following: (A) a closure body (30, 30A) defining (i) a pour aperture (50) that can communicate with the container opening and that can accommodate pouring out of the contents through the pour aperture (50), and (ii) at least one vent aperture (60) that can communicate with the container opening and that can accommodate the in-venting of ambient atmosphere through the vent aperture (60) into the container, and (B) a lid (32, 32A) for closing the closure (20, 20A). The pour aperture (50) has an elongate configuration oriented along a central axis line (A) that bisects the pour aperture (50) and closure body (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: APTARGROUP, INC.
    Inventor: John M. Wisniewski
  • Publication number: 20150048118
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a reservoir which can be used on its own or inside of an insulated cooler to dispense liquids. The reservoir generally comprises a lid for retention of liquid and at least one opening in one vertical wall which is used to connect to a conduit which connects to a horizontally, non-gravity mounted coupling. The coupling connects to another conduit which connects to a spigot. The reservoir has a flat bottom surface, which allows for it to stand alone, outside of the insulated cooler if desired. The reservoir may also be placed inside the insulated cooler and in that case, the conduit connected to the spigot threads through one of the insulated cooler's walls to connect to the spigot to allow the flow of liquid to the exterior of the cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Edward A. ENGLISH, Mark A. ENGLISH
  • Patent number: 8881959
    Abstract: A dispensing closure is provided for an opening of a container wherein the closure has a dispensing condition of operation and a charging condition of operation, a neck structure (7) for fixing the closure to a container or for being fixed to a container, an outlet port (3) communicating with the opening, an actuator (9) movably mounted on the neck structure, and a deck structure (13) extending from the neck structure transversely over the opening and forming a discharge channel (61) extending substantially linearly from the outlet port to the opening and defining a longitudinal discharge direction and the longitudinal discharge direction of the discharge channel is inclined to a horizontal (H) in an acute inclination angle (alpha) and the dispensing condition of operation the deck structure is immovably fixed to the neck structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar Freyung GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Lenz
  • Publication number: 20140312078
    Abstract: A closure that is constructed and arranged to be sealed to an opening in a flexible film pouch that has an interior. The closure includes a body that has a top, bottom, sides, front and back, wherein the body has a body through-channel with a bottom opening and a top opening, and wherein the body is elongated, such that its extent from front to back is greater than its extent from side to side. The closure has an upper member coupled to the top of the body, wherein the upper member has an upper member through-channel with a bottom opening and a top opening, where the upper member through-channel is contiguous with the body through-channel. The top of the body is bisected by a body longitudinal axis and has a latitudinal axis that bisects and is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, where a center of the body is defined by the intersection of the longitudinal and latitudinal axes. The upper member top opening (i.e., the outlet opening of the closure) is asymmetric about the center of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Perimeter Brand Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: William Tyler Fitzsimmons, David G. Honan, Isaac Haverlick, Shane Yellin, Roger R. Fontain
  • Patent number: 8863968
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 8863991
    Abstract: A bottle formed of a food-grade plastic material, such as clear polyethylene terephthalate, may include a frustoconical neck portion, a shoulder region, a base region, and a sidewall portion have opposed grip-enhancing surfaces, and elastically deformable pressure panels. A cap for the container may include a valve to control product leakage, and may be sized to allow inversion of the bottle. A generally trapezoidal tab of the cap may be moveable between a closed position covering a cap orifice and an open position outside the plane of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: H.J. Heinz Company
    Inventors: Wayne C. Cleary, Michael D. McMahon
  • Patent number: 8844767
    Abstract: An inverted flexible food containment and delivery system is disclosed. Embodiments disclosed herein include a flexible pouch that is configured to contain a food product. A spout fitment is coupled to the flexible pouch proximate a dispensing end. The spout fitment supports a cap assembly that includes a valve. An exterior support surface of the cap assembly is configured to support the flexible food containment and delivery system and the food product in an inverted/cap-down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Daisy Brand, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bates, Kristin Heist, Christine Horan, Julie King, Elizabeth Kneen, Jason Robertson, David M. Sokolsky, Jung Geun Tak, Vincent Taylor, Craig Ziemkiewicz
  • Patent number: 8844746
    Abstract: Closures having an integrated over center latching assembly including an end wall, a skirt wall depending from the end wall, an outlet opening associated with the end wall and an over center latching assembly are disclosed. The over center latching assembly includes a link pivotally coupled to the closure at a first pivot point, a lever pivotally coupled to the link at a second pivot point, a closing member pivotally coupled to the closure at a third pivot point and pivotally coupled to the lever at a forth pivot point and a biasing spring coupled between the first pivot point and the fourth pivot point. The link and the lever are configured to move the over center latching assembly between a first position and a second position and the closing member is configured to close the outlet opening when the over center latching assembly is moved to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorensen, Kim Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8833616
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jih-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 8813982
    Abstract: A cap resistant to impact forces and providing a leak-tight fitting to a container while allowing simple and quick release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Filip Dominique Hubert Van Geel, Katrien De Malsche, Rainer Scharrenberg, Gene Michael Altonen, Guy Hubert Stephane Sylvain Culeron, Neil Anthony Litten, Georgina Lindsey Clare
  • Patent number: 8801284
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: a flexible pouch (1) that comprises two flexible sheets (11, 12) that define between them a fluid reservoir (10) and an opening (14); and a stopper-and-dispenser member (2) that is mounted in stationary, permanent, and leaktight manner in the opening (14) of the pouch (1), the stopper member (2) including a body (3) that defines a dispenser orifice (34) and two sealing zones (31c, 31d), respectively for the two flexible sheets (11, 12) of the pouch (1); the dispenser being characterized in that the stopper-and-dispenser member (2) further includes a closure lid (4) for closing the dispenser orifice (34), the lid (4) being hinged (43) on the body (3) in such a manner as to pivot between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Denis Croibier, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8783483
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure (10) is provided and comprises a base (15) and a lid (20). The base has an inner skirt (50) and an outer skirt (25). The closure has locking means (81, 86) tor releasably locking the lid in a closed position. The outer skirt has one or more pressing zones (80, 85) which can be pressed to release the locking means. The inner skirt has one or more cut-outs (65, 70) in register with the or each pressing zone whereby to allow greater deflection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Stephen Faragher, Jamie Fox, Darren John Mears
  • Patent number: 8777030
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a non-reusable closure may include a base attachable to a container. The closure base contains an engagement insert that can screw onto a container neck. The base and engagement insert together contain one or more regions of weakness which break and/or deform when the closure is removed from the container thereby preventing re-attachment of the closure to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: David Ziegenhorn, Jay Hinkle, Greg Showers, Kerry D. Azelton, Stacie M. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 8757442
    Abstract: A spout for use with a container for dispensing a substance (e.g., a condiment) from the container such that any remaining substance exterior to the container adjacent the spout may be allowed to drain back into the container. A lid may be engaged with a container at an engagement portion. A spout portion of the lid that is positionable between a dispensing position and a storage position may define an orifice. The orifice may provide for communication between an interior volume of the container and an exterior of the container. Thus, the substance may be dispensed through the orifice. Furthermore, when in the storage position, the spout portion may direct any remaining substance on an exterior portion of the spout portion through the orifice and back into the container. Thus, a cleaner and more sanitary top of the container may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Holdenart, Inc.
    Inventor: William Holden
  • Patent number: 8733566
    Abstract: The invention concerns a tamper evidence and locking means for a closure and a tamper evident closure. The tamper evidence and locking means indicate initial opening and allow relocking the closure after initial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rod Druitt, Louis Lagler
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8720748
    Abstract: A dispensing closure is provided that includes a body portion and a flap portion. The body portion can include an end wall, a skirt that depends from end wall, and an opening about the same size as the end wall. The flap portion can include a lid having at least one dispensing opening and a disk that has one or more dispensing orifices. The disk is in rotatable contact with the lid. A lock portion can include a surface area formed on the flap portion. The lock portion can also include a first substantially vertical piece formed on a first side of surface area, a second substantially vertical piece formed on a second side of surface area, and a substantially horizontal piece formed at a bottom of the first substantially vertical piece and the second substantially vertical piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: WeatherChem Corporation
    Inventors: Brian David Groubert, Barry Daggett
  • Patent number: 8708175
    Abstract: Closure (1) comprising a ring shaped base (12) laterally surrounding a cap (13) which is functionally interconnected to the ring shaped base (12) via a hinge arrangement (14), whereby the ring shaped base (12) is having an in general horizontal section (15) on which a first end of the hinge arrangement (14) is fixed protruding vertically (z) above the horizontal section (15) of the ring shaped base (12) and whereby a second end of the hinge arrangement (14) is laterally fixed to an outer sidewall (30) of the cap (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 8701941
    Abstract: A container for dispensing food products can include a clump decimator portion for breaking up food clumps. In one embodiment, a container comprises a container portion having an open interior and an open top and a cover for selectively covering the open top. The cover can include a cover base portion and a rotatable top portion configured to be coupled on top of the base portion. The cover base portion can include a plurality of dispensing apertures for allowing a food product to be dispensed therethrough. The rotatable top portion can be selectively rotatable relative to the cover base portion and the container portion. The clump decimator portion can extend downwardly and radially from the top portion through the cover base portion and into the container portion. The clump decimator can rotate as the rotatable top portion is rotated to agitate the contents of the container portion while they are being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Molding Corp.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Fuller, James G. Skakoon
  • Patent number: 8695857
    Abstract: An object is to provide a cap that can be flexibly designed, such as a cap that can be prevented or reduced from being increased in volume when the lid member has been attached to the cap body, while at the same time providing a capability to increase the distance between the lid member and the cap body when the elastic member has been restored, as well as providing a container equipped with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Taisei Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Hamamoto, Hideo Nishikura
  • Patent number: 8689989
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted on the inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be locked into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button on the inner lid can be operated to release the locked outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to permit drinking from the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide that extends opposite to the hinge and contains an extension that engages with a notch in the upper lid to hold the upper lid closed. On actuating the push button, the lid slide is pulled toward the push button and the extension at the other end of the lid slide moves out of engagement of the outer lid, thereby opening the outer lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 8672182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a discharge spout for flexible bags, of the type comprising a rigid plastic body forming a discharge passage and having a tube (3) intended to be inserted between two walls of a flexible bag and joined to such walls by means of sealing. The tube (3) has a smooth outer surface and two opposite flat flaps (4) extending externally in a mid-plane of said tube (3). The outer surface of the tube (3) forms, together with the surface (6) of the flat flaps (4), a sealing surface. The outer surface of the tube (3) has a middle area (5a), that is in the axial direction of the tube, in which the distance to the axis (7) of the tube is maximum, separating two side sections (5b, 5c) in which the distance to the axis (7) is decreasing toward the ends of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Volpak, S.A.U.
    Inventor: Jaume Bonet Pedrol
  • Patent number: 8672196
    Abstract: A container (10) suitable for dispensing comestible products has a body (12) with a top face segment (36) having an opening (14) and a concave top face segment (18) and a separate continuous member (40) connected to a side face (24), the member having an openable lid portion (42) which covers the opening and a flexible press portion (50) extending from the lid portion to the side face over the concave top segment face, which is normally convex to the concave top face segment, wherein application of a downward force to the convex flexible press portion transforms the convex portion to a concave portion and rotates the lid portion to uncover the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Neema Pourian, Adam Hunter, Wenson R. Chern, Robert D. Swinton
  • Publication number: 20140061250
    Abstract: The present invention relates to maximizing advertising space on product packaging. Embodiments of the present invention relate to a method of increasing advertising space on various product packaging by increasing the graphic space on and apparent volume of the packaging, such as those used for cosmetics and toiletries. Preferred embodiments include a product packaging with a partially or completely recessed container closure. Further preferred embodiments include a container closure that is threaded, fused, or snapped in to the body of the container. Embodiments of the invention can be modified to accommodate existing products or provide a unique package design for emerging products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Turcotte
  • Patent number: 8662353
    Abstract: A container comprises a dispensing head (13) and a protective cap (1) fitted on the dispensing head (13). The cap (1) comprises a base portion (1a) engageable to a dispensing head (13); a lid (1b) hinged to said base portion (1a) and movable between an open position, in which it allows access to the dispensing head (13), and a closed position in which it prevents access to the dispensing head (13); an outer locator plate (9) engageable with a corresponding inner locator plate (24) of said dispensing head (13), the mutual engagement between said locator plates (9, 24) defining a screwing motion of the cap (1) relative to the dispensing head (13) to automatically achieve an installation of the cap (1) on the dispensing head (13) according to a pre-determined mutual angular positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Emsar S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Santoni, Fabrizio Camplone
  • Publication number: 20140053924
    Abstract: A valve control for a fluid system is provided. The valve control includes a body, a handle, a flange, a mounting bracket, and a sensor. The body is configured to be releasably connected to a port. The handle is swiveably mounted to the body. The flange is releasably connected to the body. The mounting bracket is releasably connected to the flange. The sensor is offset from the handle and adjustably connected to the mounting bracket such that the handle is configured to be bidirectionally operable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Global Mining LLC
    Inventor: Andrew F. Lawson
  • Patent number: 8646633
    Abstract: This invention includes a closure for covering a container. The closure has a base with an upper surface and a neck, with the neck capable of being fastened to the opening of a bottle. The upper surface sits above the opening of the bottle. It has a spout having an exposed front surface, a front inside surface, and a cap rim. The cap is pivotally attached to the base to permit movement of the cap relative to the base between an open position and a closed position. The exposed front surface and front inside surface together have a bottom end and a top end. The inside front surface contains a spout cap, such that when the cap is closed the spout cap mates with the spout to form a liquid tight seal, and such that when the cap is opened the liquid tight seal between the spout and the spout cap is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc
    Inventors: Elysha Huntington, Richard Tanaka, Anthony Yumul
  • Patent number: 8646659
    Abstract: A vessel having a dispensing closure; a container engaged with the dispensing closure and having a pair of opposed walls defining a bore for receiving the product and having a relaxed state, the container being repeatedly squeezable to inwardly deflect from its relaxed state to cause the opposed walls to deflect inwardly to displace some of the product from the container into the dispensing closure for dispensing one of the predetermined amounts of product and being flexible to return its relaxed state after squeezing, and a limiting member disposed within the bore for limiting inward deflection of the opposed walls during each squeezing of the container to limit the amount of product displaced from the container into the dispensing closure. The limiting member has an H-shaped cross section substantially along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Calibre Closures LLC
    Inventor: Ken P. Swanick
  • Patent number: 8627977
    Abstract: Tamper-resistance is provided in spice container closures and containers through use of tamper-evident and/or tamper-resistant elements. A tamper evident closure includes a base, a cover, and a tamper strip, with the tamper strip being joined to the base and cover by a first hinge connecting the tamper strip to the base and a second hinge connecting the tamper strip to the cover. At least one dispensing port in the base is selectively coverable by a flap of the cover. The tamper strip is adapted to be manually torn away and fully released from the cover and base. The flap is hinged to the cover by a third hinge. In addition, or alternatively, a snap lock connection is formed between a container closure and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Newberry, Joseph P. Valley, III
  • Patent number: 8622260
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Girard Maietta, William Herbert Poff, III, Ralph Albert Sagel, Neil Anthony Strausbaugh
  • Patent number: 8590734
    Abstract: A child-resistant lift-off cap for a container is adapted to be difficult to unseat independently to open the container. An overlay portion associated with the cap is adapted for use to lift the cap from a container to unseat it. The overlay portion has a thumb tab and is deformable to engage and lift the seated cap only when the thumb tab is lifted. The overlay portion raises independently of the cap when the deformable portion is not deformed into engagement with the cap. Alternatively, a lift-top cap having a slot through it, the slot having a first opening near an edge of the cap to be lifted to unseat the cap and a second opening. A slide in the slot has a first end biased to be flush with or recessed into the first opening and a second end biased to normally protrude out of the second opening. The second end of the slide can be depressed against the bias of the slide to displace the first end of the slide out of the first opening to function as a thumb tab to assist in lifting the cap from a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8550313
    Abstract: A sift-resistant dispensing closure is disclosed. The sift-resistant dispensing closure includes a base, a lid and a hinge connecting the lid to the base. The base contains a circular end wall, a cylindrical skirt extending downward from the periphery of the end wall, and a sift deck elevated from the upside of the circular end wall. The sift deck contains a deck surface surrounded by a first snap bead and a first sealing surface, and pouring holes formed on the deck surface. The lid contains a second snap bead and a second sealing surface that are formed on the underside of the lid and engage with the first snap bead and first sealing surface, respectively, to form a seal around the sift deck when the lid is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Weatherchem Corporation
    Inventor: Barry Michael Daggett
  • Patent number: 8544685
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a vessel comprising a base member and a spout member engaged with the base member. The base member including a rupture member having a camming surface and the spout member having a cam actuator for engaging the camming surface to rupture the rupture member during twisting of the spout member in a first direction relative to the base member from a sealed position to a flow position to define a flow opening in the base member to permit fluid flow through the flow opening. The dispensing closure may include a pair of spaced rupture members and cam actuators. The dispensing closure may include a cap member hingedly attached to the spout member. The dispensing closure may include tamper evidency ring or other structure and a locking mechanism configured to lock the cap member in the closed position until the cap member and spout are rotated a sufficient distance to break the tamper evidency ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Calibre Closures LLC
    Inventor: Ken P. Swanick
  • Patent number: 8544695
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support member and dispensing container assembly designed for a “squeeze to use” dispensing container. A support member 31 which rigidly attaches to a support structure like a wall, has a releasable attachment means 34 into which a free standing “squeeze to use” dispensing container for gels or liquids 1 can be inserted to releasably hold the container 1 to form a rigid connection whereby the dispensing aperture 3 of the dispensing container 1 faces downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Michael John Gordon