With Interior Material Guide Or Restrictor Patents (Class 222/564)
  • Patent number: 10244879
    Abstract: A beverage carafe comprises a beverage reservoir and a channel for directing a flow of liquid from the reservoir when the carafe is tilted for dispensing the liquid. The channel has a floor and an elongated protrusion projecting upward from the floor. The protrusion is transverse to the flow of the liquid through the channel and has a curved distal face and curved sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick T Mulvaney
  • Patent number: 9796983
    Abstract: The subject invention relates in part to Cry3Aa in combination with Cry6Aa. The subject invention relates in part to the surprising discovery that combinations of Cry3Aa and Cry6Aa are useful for preventing development of resistance (to either insecticidal protein system alone) by a corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.) population. Included within the subject invention are plants producing these insecticidal Cry proteins, which are useful to mitigate concern that a corn rootworm population could develop that would be resistant to either of these insecticidal protein systems alone. The subject invention also relates in part to combinations of Cry3Aa and Cry6Aa proteins “triple-stacked” or “multi-stacked” with another insecticidal protein(s) such as a Cry6Aa protein or binary Cry34/35 proteins. Thus, such embodiments target rootworms with three modes of action. Transgenic plants, including corn, comprising a cry6Aa gene and a cry3Aa gene are included within the scope of the subject invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Narva, Thomas Meade, Kristin J. Fencil, Huarong Li, Timothy D. Hey, Aaron T. Woosley, Monica B. Olson
  • Patent number: 9624010
    Abstract: A closure arrangement for a liquid container comprises a container neck and a cap, a threaded portion and a closure portion for closing a bore of the neck when the cap is closed. The closure portion comprises a plurality of apertures. It engages prevents liquid flow through the apertures when the cap is closed. Another closure arrangement may comprise a first opening and a second opening for venting air into the container; a spout being movably mounted to the container and movable between first and second relative positions; such that in the first position of the spout, the air vent is open and liquid may be poured from the container through the spout and in a second position, the first and second openings are closed by sealing engagement with the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: HARFORD INVESTMENTS LTD
    Inventor: James Barrie Harper
  • Patent number: 9452400
    Abstract: The present invention describes a device and a method for dense and homogeneous loading of catalyst into the annular space of bayonet tubes employed in a steam reforming reactor, said device being constituted by a series of removable deflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Elena Sanz, Robert Beaumont, Christophe Boyer
  • Patent number: 9376254
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a reactor, the method including circulating a fluid inside the reactor, pumping the fluid from the reactor into an inlet of a tank cleaner, and removing solids from the fluid to produce a clean fluid. The method further includes transferring the clean fluid to the reactor and transferring pneumatically the removed solids to a pressurized vessel. Also, a method for transferring spent granular material, the method including providing a vacuum system disposed at a hydrocarbon production site to remove spent material from a reactor, transferring the spent material through the vacuum system into a pressurized vessel, and conveying pneumatically the spent material from the pressurized vessel to a second pressurized vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: M-I L.L.C., M-I Drilling Fluids UK Limited, SCHLUMBERGER NORGE AS
    Inventors: Gordon M. Logan, Jan Thore Eia, Martin Hunter, Richard Bingham, Colin Lauder
  • Publication number: 20150122833
    Abstract: Head for spraying a product in a spraying direction, for example a cosmetic product, in particular a deodorant, this spray head comprising: a body, comprising: a channel for conveying the product, a housing in which the conveying channel emerges, the spray head also comprising: a spray nozzle mounted on the housing, this nozzle comprising at least two, better still three, spray orifices, respective feed channels being formed between the nozzle and the body, these channels connecting the conveying channel to the said corresponding spray orifices, and being obliquely inclined relative to the spraying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Gilles Baudin
  • Publication number: 20150048120
    Abstract: The present invention provides a discharge mechanism has a drive unit that moves a rod reciprocally, and a discharge unit including a liquid chamber allowing the rod to pass therein and a valve seat communicated with a nozzle, the nozzle discharging a liquid mixed with solid particles with an operation of moving the valve seat and a tip of the rod relatively away from each other. The discharge unit includes an inflow path through which the liquid mixed with the solid particles flows into the liquid chamber, and an outflow path through which the liquid mixed with the solid particles in the liquid chamber flows out. The inflow path and the outflow path are connected in a V-shape, the liquid chamber is disposed in a valley portion of the V-shape, and the valve seat is disposed at a lower end of the V-shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Publication number: 20150014370
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a flowable product, the closure comprising means for causing a varying product discharge direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Mark D. Kiel, Richard J. Page, Thomas O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8640925
    Abstract: A divot fill/repair apparatus for filling and repairing divots in the turf. The divot fill/repair apparatus includes a container assembly capable of being carried on a user's back, and a dispensing assembly being supported by the container assembly for dispensing fill material to fill and/or repair divots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Katie R. Schwegman
  • 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: 8485400
    Abstract: A pouch with a nozzle has a reliable dispensing opening. The pouch holds liquid contents. The pouch has a shell portion formed by sealing two plies of plastic together to form a pouch volume and a nozzle portion which communicates with the inside of the shell portion. The nozzle portion is formed by a series of embossments which form a reliably open passage for dispensing fluid. Three sets of embossments include a plane shape, a dot shape or a line shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Souichi Kawakami, Kazumi Ozawa, Koichi Ishizaka, Takayuki Aikawa, Kazuyuki Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 8413858
    Abstract: A pouring insert is provided for insertion into a container outlet, for example a bottleneck, for aerating liquids pored from the container. This is achieved by a combination of a hollow, tapering jacket with a hollow pipe axially disposed within it. The jacket features a plurality of elongated slots penetrating the jacket and allowing for liquid/air flow therethrough. The invention furthermore relates to a bottle pourer having a spout and the pouring insert described herein. The invention also relates to the use of the pouring insert and of the bottle pourer for aerating wine. Finally, the present invention relates to a method of manufacturing the pouring insert by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ideas Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Lone Ogård Rasmussen, Henrik Casper
  • Patent number: 8408433
    Abstract: A squeezable bottle containing fluids has a mouth for dispensing the fluid. An elastic valve is retained between a closing support retainer and a containment ring. The closing support retainer is secured to the mouth of the bottle and to the elastic valve and has passages for fluid through itself. The containment ring prevents the elastic valve from expanding too far outwardly over at least some of the valve's surface. A fluid passage is formed between the elastic valve and a rigid cap that leads to a dispensing opening. The dispensing opening is sealed by a round disc which is integrally formed with the elastic valve and seats on seat on the cap. This arrangement allows the contents of the bottle to remain sanitary over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: MRP Medical Research & Promotion Establishment
    Inventor: Antonio Fontana
  • Patent number: 8403186
    Abstract: A composite spout obtained by injection forming a spout body in a state where a sleeve having a functional resin layer disposed as an intermediate layer is fitted as a core onto the core member of an injection-forming metal mold such that the inner peripheral surface only of the sleeve is substantially exposed on the inner peripheral surface of the spout body. A tilted surface is formed on the inner peripheral surface at one end of the spout body in at least a portion thereof in the circumferential direction, the tilted surface being tilted outward in the radial direction from a position in agreement with the inner peripheral edge at the one end of the sleeve or from the inside thereof in the radial direction facing the one end of the spout body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Japan Crown Cork Co., Ltd., Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kurosawa, Kimio Takeuchi, Katsumi Hashimoto, Yuhei Yonekawa, Osamu Ishii, Hiroomi Matsutani
  • Patent number: 8376207
    Abstract: A portion of compliant material includes four walls defining a slot. The slot has a relatively large cross-section end in fluid communication with a solder reservoir, and also has a relatively small cross-section end opposed to the relatively large cross-section end. The slot has a generally elongate rectangular shape when viewed in plan, with a length perpendicular to a scan direction, a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively large cross section end, and a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively small cross section end. The slot is configured in the portion of compliant material such that the relatively small cross-section end of the slot normally remains substantially closed, but locally opens sufficiently to dispense solder from the reservoir when under fluid pressure and locally unsupported by a workpiece. Methods of operation and fabrication are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Buchwalter, Peter A. Gruber, Paul A. Lauro, Jae-Woong Nah
  • Publication number: 20130001224
    Abstract: A storage tank is described that can be used for on-site storage of liquids, sludge or solids. Advantageously, the storage tank can be adapted to provide various functionality including a double walled containment system. Further, the storage container may be adapted from an intermodal container and include corner castings of a twist lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: ALTON PAYNE
  • Publication number: 20130004247
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for mass flow are provided. The apparatus can include a housing, an inlet disposed at a first end of the housing, and an outlet disposed at a second end of the housing. The housing can include a first section and a second section. The second section can have at least one tapered sidewall that slopes away from an inner surface of the first section toward the outlet. The apparatus can also include a divider disposed at least partially within the first and second sections of the housing. The divider can have at least one tapered surface disposed proximate the at least one tapered sidewall of the second section. An edge of the divider can be located between the outlet and a point within the second section where the cross-sectional area of the second section is about three times or less a cross-sectional area of the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: Edwin V. Reece, David P. Mann, Michael J. Sandefur, John Abughazaleh
    Inventors: Edwin V. Reece, John Abughazaleh, Michael J. Sandefur, David P. Mann
  • Patent number: 8336745
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The vertically oriented walls define a fluid trapping area and a partition wall depending downwardly from said upper deck. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one entrance orifice having one entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 8312902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling head with low Reynolds number, consisting of an inner body (2) and an outer body (3), in which one moves axially with respect to the other, there being a space (4) delimited between them that configures the dynamic characteristics that the flow will have, comprising a damping zone A with inlet (5) located on a different axis from that of the outlet (6), a pressure-loss zone B with seated valve (7), a zone C, with low Reynolds number, composed of n channels (10), with n fins (9) greater than 3 and LRHC less than 4, an ogival acceleration zone D and a nozzle (8) or closure zone E with a seal (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Antonio Mengibar, S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Mengibar Rivas
  • Patent number: 8302824
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is parallel to, but not co-linear with, the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Polytop LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 8272862
    Abstract: The article and corresponding method include a casting fixture for a part of a skin formulation applicator which is otherwise difficult to cast. The casting fixture includes a central cup section and two opposing tear-away sections. A rigid base portion of an applicator tip assembly is mounted into an upper rim of the cup section and liquid silicone material is poured into the volume defined in the cup section portion beneath the base portion. The silicone cures and bonds to extending elements from the base portion, providing a firm connection between the cast tip portion and the base portion. When the combined part is ready for use, the tear-away sections are removed by the user, which results in an easy ejection of the part, which can then be installed by the user in the formulation applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: L'Oreal SA
    Inventors: Kenneth A Pilcher, Richard A Reishus, Gregory W Herlin
  • Publication number: 20120187153
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refillable keg assembly for use in dispensing beverages, in particular beer. The keg assembly comprises an outer shell, and a collapsible container for holding the beverage, positionable within the outer shell. A sealed cavity is defined between the outer shell and the collapsible container. A beverage outlet from the collapsible container enables beer to be dispensed from the keg assembly, and a gas valve allows gas to enter the cavity. The pressure in the container is maintained above atmospheric pressure, and when dispensing the beverage, pressure in the cavity collapses the collapsible container and forces the beverage out through the beverage outlet. A gas compressor is connected to the gas valve, and is activated by a pressure switch to maintain the pressure within the cavity. To refill the keg assembly, the collapsible container can be replaced, and a new collapsible container filled whilst within the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Burge, Allan K. Wallace, Scott Harris
  • Patent number: 8136714
    Abstract: A portion of compliant material includes four walls defining a slot. The slot has a relatively large cross-section end in fluid communication with a solder reservoir, and also has a relatively small cross-section end opposed to the relatively large cross-section end. The slot has a generally elongate rectangular shape when viewed in plan, with a length perpendicular to a scan direction, a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively large cross section end, and a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively small cross section end. The slot is configured in the portion of compliant material such that the relatively small cross-section end of the slot normally remains substantially closed, but locally opens sufficiently to dispense solder from the reservoir when under fluid pressure and locally unsupported by a workpiece. Methods of operation and fabrication are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Buchwalter, Peter A. Gruber, Paul A. Lauro, Jae-Woong Nah
  • Patent number: 8083109
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spout having an evacuation structure for a flexible container. The evacuation structure ensures that the walls of the flexible container do not block the spout of the container during evacuation of fluid from inside the container. The evacuation structure additionally pivots away from the spout during the filling of the container so that the evacuation structure does not impede the fluid entering the container during filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Mark A. Smith, Daniel Petriekis
  • Patent number: 8070016
    Abstract: A pouch is formed out of two sheets of plastic heat sealed over most of the edge length. The pouch has an expanding bottom feature and has a pouring spout formed by raised impressions in the corresponding sheets of plastic that form matching embossments. When the pouch is squeezed, the embossments open further apart to form a larger fluid passage at the outlet. The outlet of the pouch is opposite the bottom of the pouch and in at least one embodiment has a region on both sides of the outlet that are kept free from heat sealing during manufacture. The outlet also has a frangible line of weakness for easy opening. The outlet passage has two sets of embossments that meet along a center line to more fully expand the central portion of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Soichi Kawakami, Kazumi Ozawa, Koichi Ishizaka, Takayuki Aikawa
  • Patent number: 8038041
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is offset from the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation, a Rhode Island corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Skillin, Sergey Romanov, Patrick J. Brannon
  • Patent number: 8011540
    Abstract: An aerator bottle pourer for smoothing the taste of certain liquids such as wine and preventing dripping of the liquid after being poured from a bottle. The aerator bottle pourer includes a pouring assembly being removably engaged to a bottle for pouring liquid from the bottle, and also includes an aerating assembly being attached to the pouring assembly for aerating the liquid as it is being poured from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: David H. Peckels
  • Patent number: 7980446
    Abstract: A portion of compliant material includes four walls defining a slot. The slot has a relatively large cross-section end in fluid communication with a solder reservoir, and also has a relatively small cross-section end opposed to the relatively large cross-section end. The slot has a generally elongate rectangular shape when viewed in plan, with a length perpendicular to a scan direction, a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively large cross section end, and a width, parallel to the scan direction, associated with the relatively small cross section end. The slot is configured in the portion of compliant material such that the relatively small cross-section end of the slot normally remains substantially closed, but locally opens sufficiently to dispense solder from the reservoir when under fluid pressure and locally unsupported by a workpiece. Methods of operation and fabrication are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Businss Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Buchwalter, Peter A. Gruber, Paul A. Lauro, Jae-Woong Nah
  • Patent number: 7980432
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The outer skirt is configured to mount to a product container. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one or more entrance orifices having one or more entrance axes and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Publication number: 20110088628
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed that may be used for providing drinking water and/or entertaining to pets, such as while the pet is travelling away from home, riding in a car, and/or in a pet carrier during a long car ride, airplane ride, bus ride, etc. In an exemplary embodiment, an apparatus generally includes a base configured for engagement with a container. The apparatus may further include a reservoir and a pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, for pumping liquid from the container into the reservoir when the container is upright and the base is engaged to the container. The apparatus may be configured to allow the pump to be selectively activated by the animal to pump liquid from the container into the reservoir. An elongate fluid conduit may be operatively associated with the pump and be in fluid communication with the reservoir. The elongate fluid conduit may have a sufficient length to extend into a liquid within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Maria Louise Valeriano
  • Patent number: 7845524
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a flowable substance (e.g., a fluid) has a first housing with an indicating apparatus and a pour chamber. The indicating apparatus may have an indicating chamber with an indicating inlet for receiving fluid. The indicating apparatus also has indicia identifying amounts of fluid flowing through the pour chamber. The pour chamber has a pour inlet for receiving fluid, and an outlet in fluid communication with the pour inlet. To provide a definite separation, the first housing additionally has a wall between the indicating chamber and the pour chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda, Benjamin Mizrahi, Charles W. Sears, Paul Bertram, David J. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20100294739
    Abstract: A multi-compartment container cap comprising a hollow tubular body having a dividing wall forming a proximal compartment located at a proximal end of the hollow tubular body and a distal compartment located at the distal end of the hollow tubular body. The proximal end of the hollow tubular body is adapted to be releasably attached to a container body while the distal compartment comprises a separate compartment for the storage and dispensing of a composition which can be selected to be complementary to any composition store within the container cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Samuel James Morris, III, Lawrence Andrew Schumacher
  • Publication number: 20100276441
    Abstract: A dispenser for salt or other dry granulated material includes a combination of a container, a sprinkling cap and a flow-reducing element located between the sprinkling cap and an opening of the container. The flow-reducing element includes openings such that it allows fewer granules to pass when the container is inverted and shaken than would otherwise be allowed by the sprinkling cap alone. The combination of the sprinkling cap and the internal flow-reducing element provide the function of evenly releasing and distributing the granules in an expected and continuous manner, yet at a significantly lower rate than standard dispensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: WILLIAM T. PORDY, CLAY ALLEN BURNS, JAIME URIBARRI
  • Publication number: 20100270327
    Abstract: A liquid storage tank assembly includes a baffle member and a tank assembly. The baffle member includes a generally helical or spiral shaped portion. The baffle member defines a spiral flow path between inlet and outlet openings of the tank assembly. When the baffle member is positioned within the tank and the tank assembly holds a volume of a first liquid, input of a supply of a second liquid at the inlet to the tank assembly forces the first liquid along the spiral flow path and out of the tank assembly exit without substantial mixing of the first and second liquids before substantially all of the first liquid has been dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Laurence W. Bassett, Nathan E. Marks
  • Patent number: 7815079
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a comestible fluid dispensing apparatus including a nozzle defining an interior space and having a fluid inlet through which fluid is received within the interior space and a fluid outlet through which fluid exits the interior space and a substantially conical valve movable relative to the nozzle between different positions with respect to the nozzle and shaped to reduce turbulence and/or provide improved dispensing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: SHURflo, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Saveliev, Steven T. Jersey, Thomas Gagliano
  • Patent number: 7815078
    Abstract: A tap having a body, a horizontal inlet, and primary and secondary downwardly-extending spouts, the tap having primary and secondary flow paths. The primary flow path is adapted to dispense a bulk portion of beverage and includes a horizontally oriented primary valve having a primary valve stem and a primary valve seal. The secondary flow path is adapted to dispense a foamed portion of beverage and comprises a flow restriction for inducing turbulence in a beverage flowing through the secondary flow path to produce foam, the secondary flow path including a horizontally-oriented secondary valve with a secondary valve stem and a secondary valve seal. The primary and secondary valves operate independently and have valve stems sliding on spaced apart axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Scottish & Newcastle Plc
    Inventor: Michael Robinson
  • Publication number: 20100258589
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spout having an evacuation structure for a flexible container. The evacuation structure ensures that the walls of the flexible container do not block the spout of the container during evacuation of fluid from inside the container. The evacuation structure additionally pivots away from the spout during the filling of the container so that the evacuation structure does not impede the fluid entering the container during filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: DS SMITH PLASTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: MARK A. SMITH, DANIEL PETRIEKIS
  • Patent number: 7784651
    Abstract: A tap for removing liquid from a container has a sleeve (10) made of plastic, in which a piston (12) is guided, and which sleeve has a passage opening (28) for the liquid. A hood that can be set onto the sleeve (10) in front of the passage opening (28), so that it covers the passage opening (28), serves as a foam throttle. The hood encloses a labyrinth channel (36), together with the sleeve, which channel is open at one end, towards the interior of the container, and ends in the passage opening (28) at the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Huber Packaging Group GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Karl Batschied, Juergen Blaess, Kurt Oberhofer
  • Publication number: 20100206916
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is parallel to, but not co-linear with, the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Polytop Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Publication number: 20100181330
    Abstract: A closure (2) for a flexible container (2) comprises a valve (7, 8) which is switchable between a closed position and an open position, and a tube structure (9) arranged to be immersed in a liquid in the container (1). The valve comprises a first part (7) arranged to be inserted in an opening (10) of the container (1) and a second part (8) arranged within the first part (7), said first and second parts (7, 8) being rotatable in relation to each other for switching between the closed position and the open position of the valve. The closure (2) is made essentially of plastic material. A method of closing a flexible container (1) is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: PETAINER LIDKOPING AB
    Inventor: Mikael Quasters
  • Publication number: 20100181336
    Abstract: A beverage-dispensing assembly (1) includes a dispensing line (7), a dispensing tap (10), and a dispensing valve (12) arranged at a downstream end of the dispensing line (7), wherein the dispensing valve (12) is interchangeable and arranged in connection with any of a plurality of embodiments of interaction means (14). Each of the embodiments of the interaction means (14) is configured for dispensing a specific kind of beverage, so as to achieve a beverage-specific dispensing for each embodiment of the interaction means (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: CARLSBERG BREWERIES A/S
    Inventor: Jan N. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 7757907
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spout having an evacuation structure for a flexible container. The evacuation structure ensures that the walls of the flexible container do not block the spout of the container during evacuation of fluid from inside the container. The evacuation structure additionally pivots away from the spout during the filling of the container so that the evacuation structure does not impede the fluid entering the container during filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark A. Smith, Daniel Petriekis
  • Patent number: 7735699
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is parallel to, but not co-linear with, the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 7730907
    Abstract: A device for use in a pipeline including a fluid conduit section constructed of a flexible material. The fluid conduit section has a first end, which includes a first mounting arrangement, and a second end, which includes a second mounting arrangement. The fluid conduit section also has a length defined between the first and second ends, an internal diameter, and a fluid passage therethrough to allow fluid to flow from the first to the second end. The device also includes a plurality of longitudinally extending vanes positioned within the fluid conduit section, wherein radially inner edges of the vanes are in direct contact with the radially inner edges of adjacent vanes, and radially outer edges of the vanes contact one of the first and second ends, but are separated from the internal diameter of a remainder of the fluid conduit section, such that a space is defined therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Metraflex Company
    Inventor: James R. Richter
  • Publication number: 20100072231
    Abstract: A dispensing closure assembly includes a deck having an outlet orifice, and an outlet conduit extending through the deck generally coaxially with respect to the outlet orifice. An inner wall extends generally coaxially with respect to the outlet conduit, wherein a fluid chamber is at least partially defined radially inwardly of the inner wall. A baffle wall is carried radially inwardly of the inner wall, wherein one or more fluid flow passages are defined between the inner wall and the baffle wall. The baffle wall includes a central portion opposed to the outlet conduit and a raised peripheral portion extending axially and radially outwardly from the central portion. Fluid flowing through the fluid flow passages enters the fluid chamber through the fluid flow passages, is directed toward the inner wall by the baffle wall, and then flows into the outlet conduit and out the outlet orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bloom, Karl L. Joseph, Philip D. Bourgeois
  • Publication number: 20100065588
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The outer skirt is configured to mount to a product container. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one or more entrance orifices having one or more entrance axes and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: POLYTOP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Publication number: 20100051646
    Abstract: A flexible bag contains a fluid regulating valve formed through seals, wherein the flexible bag solves leaks and wasting of the contained product in a controlled manner by consumers. Incorporation of the valve balances the pressures and as a result an easy, continuous and controlled exiting by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Advanced Total Marketing System, Inc., a corporation of Panama
    Inventor: Jose Roque Castillo
  • Publication number: 20100044375
    Abstract: A cap assembly is provided that includes a cap comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, a tip extending from the outer surface of the cap, wherein the tip includes an aperture therethrough operable to dispense the fluid stored within the dispenser. The cap assembly also includes a stem extending inward from the inner surface of the cap, wherein the stem is axially aligned and coupled in flow communication with the aperture of the tip. The stem includes a release valve assembly positioned along a length of the stem, wherein the release valve assembly facilitates creating a sealed surface therein and substantially prevents the liquid from passing out of the dispenser. The cap assembly further includes a stabilizing valve assembly extending from the inner surface of the cap to the outer surface of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Ross E. Rockstad
  • Patent number: 7637402
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for viscous fluids contains a closure body, a closure lid and a living hinge structure hingeably connecting the closure lid to the closure body. The closure body includes an upper deck, a skirt configured and arranged to mount to a product container, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck to provide a flow path from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure. The flow conduit includes an entrance orifice and an exit orifice, and an inner wall extending between the entrance orifice and the exit orifice. To provide the desired flow effect, the inner wall includes at least one flow inhibitor structure, such as helically threaded flights extending at least partially inwardly from the inner wall into the flow path to define an unobstructed central flow path and a partially obstructed peripheral flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventors: Sergey Romanov, Clifford Skillin, Patrick J. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20090283554
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for dispensing a beverage from a pressurized container. The dispensing device includes an integral source of compressed gas for maintaining the beverage within the container at a desired pressurized state. The dispensing device also includes a regulator for controlling the flow of gas from the compressed gas source to the interior of the container, as well as a pressure relief mechanism that accounts for potential over pressurization of the container. The beverage is selectively dispensed by actuation of a tap handle. Delivery is achieved through the device by a resilient delivery tube, and the delivery tube is either pinched closed or allowed to decompress by the actuation of the tap handle. In another embodiment, a check valve is used to control flow of the beverage in which the tap handle activates a transfer rod to seat and unseat a check element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Jason Morgan Kelly, Vong Hoss, Gregory Clegg Spooner