Sifter, Sprinkler Or Plural Opening Patterns Patents (Class 222/565)
  • Patent number: 9555953
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Gilles Baudin
  • 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: 8943956
    Abstract: Decorating devices for creating a desired decorative pattern of edible or non-edible particulate material on the surface of an article by causing particles, granules, etc. of the particulate material to pass through a pattern comprising a plurality of holes in a template are disclosed. The method of using the devices to decorate the surface of articles is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: John Hart Miller
  • Publication number: 20140339268
    Abstract: A closure for dispensing a metered amount of dry product from a container includes a dispensing cap and a metering drum rotatably mounted on the dispensing cap. The dispensing cap has an upper deck with a dispensing aperture and a skirt engaging the neck of the container. The metering drum has an upper deck, a lower deck, and a metering chamber therebetween. The metering chamber has an entrance aperture in the lower deck and an exit aperture in the upper deck. The metering drum is rotatable relative to the dispensing cap between a filling position, where the metering chamber is aligned with the dispensing aperture and dry product fills the chamber, and a dispensing position where the metering chamber is not aligned with the dispensing aperture and dry product can be dispensed. The dispensing cap and the metering drum include formations to index a position of the metering drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Tarozzi, Clifford Skillin, Patrick Brannon
  • Publication number: 20140284353
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for dispersing, measuring, and regulating chia seeds. The chia seeds are configured to provide a Mila blend of chia seeds, containing high nutrient and vitamin counts. The chia seeds are loaded into a container configured to hold and disperse the chia seeds. A base supports the container, while a dispersion end provides a surface for dispersing the chia seeds. A plurality of apertures allows the chia seeds to at least partially pass through. Each aperture can be sized and dimensioned differently to allow different sizes of chia seed to pass, and to measure the amount of chia seeds dispersed. A barrier rotates on the dispersion end to regulate access to the plurality of apertures. An access aperture positioned on the dispersion end provides a space sufficiently sized for loading/unloading the chia seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sherri WEAR, Deborah KEITH
  • Publication number: 20140263416
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a fluid flow may include a flow channel, a housing, a flow restrictor, and a housing adjustment member. The flow channel defines a fluid pathway for the fluid flow. The fluid pathway includes an inlet and an exit. The housing surrounds the flow channel. The housing comprises an exterior surface defining a first threaded portion. The flow restrictor is located within the housing and proximate the exit. The housing adjustment member includes a second threaded portion in contact with the first threaded portion. Embodiments may include a method for controlling a fluid flow. The method comprises: causing the fluid flow to pass through a flow channel having an inlet and an exit; restricting, via a flow restrictor, the fluid flow, the flow restrictor located proximate the exit; and adjusting a position of the flow restrictor to further restrict or unrestrict the fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: C. Brad Green
  • Publication number: 20140242283
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system may include a first die portion having a first face defining a first edge and a second die portion spaced from the first die portion and having a second face facing the first face and defining a second edge, wherein the first edge and the second edge define a fluid outlet opening. The fluid dispensing system may also include a fluid inlet for introducing fluid to a region between the first face and the second face, and a cavity in flow communication with the fluid inlet, wherein the cavity opens to the region between the first face and the second face. The fluid dispensing system may further include a shim disposed between the first die portion and the second die portion to maintain the spaced positioning of the first and second die portions, wherein the shim defines a plurality of channels bounded by the first and second faces and extending from the cavity in a direction toward the fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Felipe Miguel Joos
  • Publication number: 20140217132
    Abstract: A dispensing closure comprising a body portion and a flap portion is provided. The body portion comprises an end wall, a skirt that depends from end wall, and an opening about the same size as end wall. Flap portion comprises a lid comprising at least one dispensing opening and a disk comprising one or more dispensing orifices. The disk is in rotatable contact with the lid. A lock portion comprising a surface area formed on the flap portion. Lock portion also comprises 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. Surface area, first substantially vertical piece, second substantially vertical piece, and the substantially horizontal piece form a latched opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: WEATHERCHEM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian David Groubert, Barry Daggett
  • Publication number: 20140203048
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container (1) comprising a deformable container body (2) with at least one compartment, for containing a flowable liquid, semi-liquid, 5 or jellified product having a viscosity lower than 1 Pa·s at 20 C, and at least one dispensing opening (4) for dispensing said product, which is located in a spout element (3), said container having a capacity of at least 10 ml, preferably at least 50 ml, characterized in that the functional cross-section of said at least one opening is fixed and comprised between 0.002 mm2 and 7 mm2., preferably between 0.008 mm2 and 0.8 mm2, more preferably between 0.03 mm2 and 0.4 mm2, and most preferably between 0.07 mm2 and 0.2 mm2, such that said product flows through said opening only after an external force of at least 0.5 kg, preferably at least 1 kg, more preferably at least 3 kg, is exerted onto the container body walls which is directed towards the inside of said body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Cyrille Durand
  • Patent number: 8757145
    Abstract: An ejection head cartridge and an inhalation apparatus may limit turbulence in an air stream and reduce the likelihood of collisions of ejected drug in an air flow channel so that the drug can be conveyed in a uniform air stream. An ejection head cartridge that is attachable to an inhalation apparatus for ejecting drug for inhalation by a user and has a plurality of ejection ports includes, among end portions continuous to a surface provided with the ejection ports, an end portion parallel to an ejection port array having a shape that guides a part of the air stream generated in the direction orthogonal to the ejection-port providing surface along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takatoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8746513
    Abstract: A shaker dispenser for containing and dispensing product includes a body, a handle, and a dispensing mechanism. The handle includes a base portion and a handle gripping portion that a user may grip to transport and use the dispenser. The handle is inserted within the body such that the entire handle, including the handle gripping portion, is within the body, thereby allowing the shaker dispenser to sit, if desired, on the end having the handle. The body includes indentations, or cut-aways, that allow the handle to be visible from at least one of: a front view, a side view, and a back view. A method of manufacture and use of a shaker dispenser is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Senoret Chemical Company
    Inventors: Roy G. Mayo, Thomas D. Kraatz, W. Stewart Clark
  • 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: 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: 8672533
    Abstract: In an electric blender having a lid assembly including a strainer, the blender includes a base including a motor; a jar with a top aperture and an impeller; and a lid for removably covering the jar. The lid includes a strainer section and a closer. The strainer section includes holes extending through the lid to allow contents of a predetermined size to flow out of the jar. The closer includes a pivot arm having an end pivotably connected to the first section. The pivot arm has a flat portion near the end. The flat portion is configured to contact the first section of the lid to maintain the closer in an open position relative to the strainer section. The first section has a recessed area above the strainer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelio Reyes, Carlos Castellanos
  • Publication number: 20140054316
    Abstract: The invention provides a popcorn butter dispenser comprising an elongate tube having perforations along its length allow butter or flavoring to be evenly distributed throughout an entire container of popcorn as opposed to coating only the kernels on top. This dispenser is able to function equally well with real melted butter as well as flavored oil based toppings. The popcorn butter dispenser is manufactured of suitable materials such as lightweight stainless steel, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Vanessa Mazzone Lehman, Carl F. Mazzone, Mark A. Tomassini
  • Patent number: 8651306
    Abstract: A flip guide plug structure for a bottle includes a lower main body, an upper main body, a lower plug, a guide pipe, an upper plug, a connection unit and two magnetic members. The upper main body can be opened relative to the lower main body through the connection unit, and then positioned by the attraction of the two magnetic members to prevent an unexpected closing. The flip guide plug structure of the present invention is very convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: G. Esmond International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan-Mu Pai
  • Publication number: 20130341364
    Abstract: A packaging container for powder or granular material. The container has a perforated portion with a sealing film. The container is used for a container for storage, capable of discharging its contents of the required quantity at a required time. The sealing film may be replaceable sealed against the perforated portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Di Bono, Nicola Pretto
  • Patent number: 8579116
    Abstract: Tamper evident devices and methods including devices that can be used with pill bottles and other packages to provide evidence of tampering by an unauthorized user are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Oneworld Design and Manufacturing Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fred Pether, Rich Costa
  • Publication number: 20130287905
    Abstract: A drink-through spout cap for a beverage bottle having a body and a neck, a set of a cover and such a drink-through spout cap, a drinking device including a beverage bottle and a set, and methods of manufacturing or preparing a drinking device. The drink-through spout cap (10) has a top wall (32) and a sidewall (34) extending therefrom, the top wall (32) being provided with a spout (36) having an aperture (38) formed therein. The sidewall (34) has an inner surface (34A) and an outer surface (34B), the inner surface (34A) being provided with a threaded region (40) adapted to engage the threaded region (42) of the bottle (12). A lip (44) extends from the top wall (32) and has a lip height which is smaller than half of the sidewall length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Vincent Loisel
  • 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: 8544702
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying a surface treatment to create a solid surface including a storage vessel for carrying the treatment comprising two parallel sides connected by four elongated sides, an opening on a first elongated side of the vessel that permits ingress and egress of the treatment, and a pouring spout attached to the opening in the first elongated side of the vessel. The spout includes a first section proximal to the vessel that is angled with respect to the first elongated side of the vessel, and a distal end of the spout angled from the first section to be perpendicular to the first elongated side of the vessel. The distal end includes a plurality of openings to distribute the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: James T. Joyce, Dennis Galbreath
  • Publication number: 20130248564
    Abstract: A dispensing guide for seasoning such as herbs and spices takes the form of a dispensing chute defined by a broad and elongate tongue, the sides of which curl in an arc. The tongue has two resilient arms extending from a base portion of the chute which, together with the curved sides of the tongue, form a semi-circular ring that fits around and secures to a dispensing end of a seasoning dispenser in use. The guide in use prevents steam, moisture or heat from entering the dispensing end of the seasoning dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jaques Andre Human
  • Publication number: 20130233897
    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: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Dustin John Mack
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130068801
    Abstract: A powder container includes a container body and first and second insert members. The container body has an inner space for disposal of powder therein. The first insert member has a first surrounding wall inserted fittingly into the inner space, and a first bottom wall formed with at least one through hole. The second insert member has a second bottom wall inserted into the inner space and disposed on the first bottom wall, and a second surrounding wall extending upwardly from the second bottom wall and disposed fittingly and disengageably on the first surrounding wall of the first insert member for blocking passage of the powder to an external environment through the at least one through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jenn-Shyang Lai
  • Patent number: 8210187
    Abstract: A cosmetic powder dispenser, comprising a housing structure forming upper, intermediate and lower compartments, the structure forming through openings in registering walls associated with the compartments, the housing structure including upper and intermediate rotors whereby rotation of the upper rotor enables a metered quantity of powder to gravitate through a first of the openings from the upper to the intermediate compartment, and whereby rotation of the intermediate rotor enables metered quantity of powder to gravitate through an additional opening from the intermediate compartment to the lower compartment, for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lava Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Derik Zhang
  • Patent number: 8181827
    Abstract: Fixed amounts of granular and granulated seasonings are dispensed from a rotatable disc that lies flat or horizontal and which includes a through-hole or void. The void is gravity-filled with granulated seasonings from a hole in the bottom of a hopper. A screen below the disc is formed to have open, through-holes and a solid land. The void in the disc fills with granules when the void is beneath a hole in the hopper but over a solid land thus preventing granules to spill through the disc. Rotation of the disc moves the void away from the land, allowing granules in the void to fall through holes in the screen. A gasket provides a seal between the disc and the hopper. The disc is rotated back and forth around its axis by vertical movement of an actuator about the horizontal hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Prince Castle, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Long, Edward Eaton, Brian W. Mathews, Eric Larson
  • Publication number: 20120085791
    Abstract: A dispensing closure comprising a body portion and a flap portion is provided. The body portion comprises an end wall, a skirt that depends from end wall, and an opening about the same size as end wall. Flap portion comprises a lid comprising at least one dispensing opening and a disk comprising one or more dispensing orifices. The disk is in rotatable contact with the lid. A lock portion comprising a surface area formed on the flap portion. Lock portion also comprises 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. Surface area, first substantially vertical piece, second substantially vertical piece, and the substantially horizontal piece form a latched opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: WEATHERCHEM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian David Groubert, Barry Daggett
  • Patent number: 8152032
    Abstract: The invention provides a cap for a container for storing condiments for human consumption. The cap comprises a member having a top portion with a peripheral wall that has means for retaining the cap onto the container extending downwardly for covering the mouth of the container, the top portion having dispensing openings for allowing passage of the condiments. The cap comprises a seal having a top portion comprising a central portion, a flange portion extending around the central portion for overlapping the dispensing openings of the member and a central peripheral wall extending downwardly from the top portion and having a lower end mountable to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Trudeau Corporation 1889 Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Tardif
  • Publication number: 20120080457
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivery of powders to targeted areas. Various embodiments include a powder delivery train that mates with standard-sized powder containers. Another embodiment includes a bellows container that contains the powder and propels the powder through the powder delivery train. Another embodiment integrates the powder delivery train with the sifter cap and enables the powder delivery tube to be stowed within the powder container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Robert A. Lovinger, Bradford G. Bass, Stuart J. Olstad
  • Publication number: 20120074179
    Abstract: A bottle includes a reservoir comprising a top main opening, a threaded neck, and a shoulder adjacent the neck; a flexible, disc-shaped dispensing device comprising a central bottom riser; grooves extending from the riser, each groove having an outlet opening, top projecting members each having one end of the outlet opening terminated thereon, and a central recess with the projecting members therearound; an internally threaded retaining ring secured to the neck to fasten the dispensing device on the reservoir with the outlet openings being exposed; and a cap comprising a bottom post inserted into the recess when the cap is secured to the shoulder so as to flexibly deform both the recess and the riser to seal the main opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: ALLEN & THOMAS COSMETIC ACCESSORIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120074178
    Abstract: A flexible, disc shaped dispensing device for a bottle is provided. The dispensing device includes a central riser on the bottom; a plurality of grooves extending from the central riser; a plurality of projecting members on the top; a plurality of outlet openings each communicating one end of the groove and the projecting member; and a central recess with the projecting members formed therearound, the central recess being under the central riser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8132578
    Abstract: A sifter insert for the neck of a powder jar is secured above the product reservoir and below the cap of the jar. The insert has a central concave dish for supporting a quantity of powder product, and a channel around the perimeter of the dish. The insert is secured in the neck such that the dish is spaced below the bottom of the cap. Slots in the channel permit the flow of powder from the reservoir into the channel when the jar is inverted with the cap closed, and from the channel onto the dish when the inverted jar is righted. Powder in the dish is accessed by the user upon removal of the cap. The cap is then closed and the jar shaken to return excess powder from the dish to the reservoir through the slots in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventor: Wayne J. LoPrete
  • Patent number: 8123086
    Abstract: A bottle stopper is provided having a cylindrical body formed of a resilient, flexible, elastic material that includes a first cylindrical section adapted to be inserted into an opening of a bottle in sealing engagement with the bottle and a second cylindrical section disposed adjacent the first cylindrical section for extending above the opening of the bottle when the first cylindrical section is inserted in sealing engagement with the bottle. An air passageway is disposed adjacent and extends longitudinally along substantially at least the length of the first cylindrical section and along the internal periphery of the cylindrical body. A visual indicator, preferably a spout, is disposed on an outer surface of the second cylindrical section for identifying the relative location of the air passageway with respect to the visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Vinum Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Haley
  • Patent number: 8118199
    Abstract: A collapsible dispenser for dispensing various edible and non-edible materials in an industrial or home environment. More particularly, the invention pertains to a foldable and generally pyramoidal-shaped dispenser particularly suited to dispensing granular, powdered or viscous liquid materials and includes a dispenser body having a dispensing end and an interior compartment for receiving and storing various materials. The dispenser body includes a foldable base that may be manually manipulated between a collapsed position closing and sealing a dispensing mechanism and an expanded position opening and unsealing the dispensing mechanism for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Todd Wilbur
  • Patent number: 8100303
    Abstract: A closure for a container is disclosed having a body, a top portion, and a transition region. The body has a cylindrical skirt and an end wall. The cylindrical skirt has a first end coupled to the end wall and a second open end configured to receive a receptacle. The top portion is coupled to the end wall of the body portion and has a flap movable from a closed position where the opening is covered to an open position where the opening is at least partially uncovered. The transition region has an exposed surface and is located at a juncture between the end wall and the side wall. The exposed surface extends from a first point on the end wall radially inward from the skirt to a second point on the skirt below the end wall and below the first point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Gatewat Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 8066158
    Abstract: A closure for a container is disclosed having a body portion, a top portion, and a plurality of sealing rings. The body portion has an open bottom formed of a skirt and an end wall defining an opening. The top portion has a flap that is movable from a closed position where the opening is covered to an open position where the opening is at least partially uncovered to allow for matter to be dispensed. The plurality of sealing rings are within the skirt beneath the end wall and comprise (1) a first ring with a sealing surface provided a first radial distance from the skirt and a first axial distance from the end wall and (2) a second ring with a sealing surface provided a second radial distance from the skirt and a second axial distance from the end wall. The first radial distance is different than the second radial distance and the first axial distance is different than the second axial distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 8066159
    Abstract: A dosing device (1) for sprinkling granules (2) comprises upper elements (3) which delineate a storage space (4) for the granules, and lower elements (5) with a portion (6) which forms the bottom (6a) of the storage space and is provided with delivery apertures (7) for the granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Inoflex AB
    Inventor: Leif Stern
  • Patent number: 7909212
    Abstract: A closure for a receptacle of a type having an open top and a closed bottom is provided. The closure comprises a base configured to be coupled to the top of the receptacle and a cover coupled to the base and rotatable relative thereto. The cover includes a flap having an outer edge with a downwardly extending skirt and is configured for selective movement between an open position and a closed position. The closure further comprises and an insert supported between the base and the cover. The insert defines at least one dispensing aperture and is rotatable relative to the base. Rotation of the cover rotates the insert relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 7891518
    Abstract: A wide-dispersal package cap includes a rim and a domed portion formed within the rim and mounted thereto. The domed portion includes a plurality of orifices each having an internal opening and an external opening relative to a thickness of the domed portion. The orifices are formed spaced apart from one another through the domed portion at an angle, such that the external opening of a particular orifice is off-set from the corresponding internal opening, to thereby enhance wide-dispersal of contents of a package to which the cap is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tricorbraun Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Snyder, Scott Seanor Wolff
  • 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: 20100252586
    Abstract: An improved dispensing closure for a powder container includes a first portion having first engagement means and at least a first dispensing outlet in said first bottom surface; a second portion having second engagement means wherein the first and second engagement cooperate to rotationally engage the first and second portions, and at least a second dispensing outlet which is at least as large as the first dispensing outlet; and a tamper evident tab removably attached to the second portion and positioned adjacent the second dispensing outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: KRANSON INDUSTRIES, INC. D/B/A TRICORBRAUN
    Inventors: Greg Jimenez, Phil D'Andrea
  • Publication number: 20100243684
    Abstract: Substantially cylindrical condiment container with a vertically sliding cap to cover and uncover a dispensing outlet opening in the top portion of the container. Preferably, the outlet opening is in the side wall of the container body and the cap slides up to unblock the opening and down to block it. Optionally, a rotary pre-measuring dispense structure can be located at the lower end of the container to dispense condiments in pre-measured increments through an outlet in the bottom of the container. Preferably, the top portion of the container is wider than the middle portion to provide means for hanging the container from support arms on a support such as a carousel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Carter W. McGuyer
  • Publication number: 20100230446
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Barry Michael Daggett
  • Publication number: 20100176157
    Abstract: Fixed amounts of granular and granulated seasonings are dispensed from a rotatable disc that lies flat or horizontal and which includes a through-hole or void. The void is gravity-filled with granulated seasonings from a hole in the bottom of a hopper. A screen below the disc is formed to have open, through-holes and a solid land. The void in the disc fills with granules when the void is beneath a hole in the hopper but over a solid land thus preventing granules to spill through the disc. Rotation of the disc moves the void away from the land, allowing granules in the void to fall through holes in the screen. A gasket provides a seal between the disc and the hopper. The disc is rotated back and forth around its axis by vertical movement of an actuator about the horizontal hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: PRINCE CASTLE INC.
    Inventors: ROBERT LONG, EDWARD EATON, BRIAN W. MATHEWS, ERIC LARSON
  • Publication number: 20100176154
    Abstract: A dispenser of granular dry materials with an integrated lighting element providing light optimized to permit users to visually monitor the flow and amount of material that is being or has been dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Whitcombe
  • Patent number: 7748579
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus (10) includes a container unit (100) and a measuring unit (200) coupled to be angularly displaceable one relative to the other between at least open and closed positions. The container unit (100) includes a base (110) and a first partition (122) substantially enclosing a storage compartment (1100). The first partition (122) is formed with an access opening (1220) communicating with the storage compartment (1100). The measuring unit (200) includes a capsule (210) and a second partition (220) substantially enclosing a metering compartment (2100). The second partition (220) is formed with an access opening (2220) at least partially aligning with the access opening (1220) of the first partition (122) in the open position, whereby a predetermined quantity of material may be displaced into the metering compartment (2100) for subsequent dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Jai Shin
  • Publication number: 20100147900
    Abstract: The invention provides a cap for a container for storing condiments for human consumption. The cap comprises a member having a top portion with a peripheral wall that has means for retaining the cap onto the container extending downwardly for covering the mouth of the container, the top portion having dispensing openings for allowing passage of the condiments. The cap comprises a seal having a top portion comprising a central portion, a flange portion extending around the central portion for overlapping the dispensing openings of the member and a central peripheral wall extending downwardly from the top portion and having a lower end mountable to the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Pierre Tardif
  • Patent number: 7712638
    Abstract: A closure for a container having a mouth wherein the closure is adapted for sealable connection to the mouth of the container and includes an end wall at the upper end of the skirt for closing the mouth when the closure is mounted to the container. The closure includes an opening in the end wall for dispensing a product held by the container and a first flap that has at least one flap aperture that is smaller than the opening. The first flap is adapted for selectively opening and closing the opening. A second flap is adapted for overlaying the first flap and includes a first state wherein one or more of the flap apertures in the first flap are open and a second state wherein the flap apertures in the first flap are sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: C.A.P.S., Inc.
    Inventor: James Kick
  • Publication number: 20090289082
    Abstract: A dosing device (1) for sprinkling granules (2) comprises upper elements (3) which delineate a storage space (4) for the granules, and lower elements (5) with a portion (6) which forms the bottom (6a) of the storage space and is provided with delivery apertures (7) for the granules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Leif Stern