Rim Mounted, Interengaging Groove And Bead Or Flange Patents (Class 222/570)
  • Patent number: 11345535
    Abstract: Liquid mixing apparatus includes a housing having an open lower end and a pour opening normally sealed with a closure. A bottom assembly extending across the open end of the housing and sealingly engaged in the open end for relative rotation between the housing and the bottom assembly. The bottom assembly forms a liquid sealed cavity with the housing and further includes apparatus for removably attaching the bottom assembly to a liquid container. A mixing opening defined in the horizontal wall with a flapper valve pivotally mounted therein for pivotal movement between a closed orientation and an open orientation. A stop bar attached at a lower surface to the upper surface of the horizontal wall and extending across a mid-portion of the mixing opening. An activating bar affixed to the housing for rotation with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew Staus
  • Patent number: 11065398
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a liquid container, an adaptor and a driving element. The liquid container includes a perforated membrane through which a liquid can permeate. The liquid container further includes a first mating element. The adaptor includes a second mating element. The driving element includes a piezoelectric element coupled to a substrate. The driving element is accommodated by the adaptor and the substrate includes an aperture and a projection. The first and second mating elements are adapted to detachably and slidably mate with each other such that the aperture of the substrate aligns proximately to the center of the perforated membrane. The first and second mating elements are further adapted for relative movement along a sliding axis. The projection is adapted to press against the perforated membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: MICROBASE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Shu-Pin Hsieh, Yi-Tong Chen, Po-Chuan Chen, Ting-Kai Tsai, Chih-Wei Lu, Laurence Kao
  • Patent number: 11046484
    Abstract: A novel flexible pouring spout guard that can be removably affixed to glasses, mugs, tumblers or other similar vessels used for holding beverages and other liquids and employed in pouring or drinking from such vessel, or in transferring liquids out of such vessel and into a bottle or other container, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Claudio Hoyos
  • Patent number: 11027895
    Abstract: A device for extracting residual amounts of fluid from containers, including containers for consumer products is disclosed. The device comprises a lid, further comprising a plug; a flexible hinge; and a threadless cap, further comprising an opening, a notch, and a tapered, flexible neck. Another embodiment of the device includes material wherein the lid is comprised of a material more rigid than the tapered, flexible neck. A further embodiment of the device includes material wherein the cap is comprised of material more rigid than the tapered, flexible neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Julie Beth Vossen-Henslin, Steven T. Vossen
  • Patent number: 10960439
    Abstract: An implement scraper provides a scraper bar for scraping debris into a bucket, such as a five-gallon bucket, and is detachably attachable to the bucket by a bucket coupler. The bucket coupler is configured with a latch that rotates to secure the implement scraper to the rim of the bucket. The latch may be pivotably coupled between a latch pivot aperture. A rim extension is configured to extend along a rim of the bucket and the scraper bar is coupled to the rim extension and may extend across an extension angle of the bucket. A debris aperture is formed between the scraper bar and the rim extension to allow debris to fall therethrough into the bucket. A magnetic coupler is configured to retain a metallic implement to the implement scraper by one or more magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: John Cardosa, II
  • Patent number: 10258710
    Abstract: A refill for dispensing a volatile material includes a bottle having a body defined by at least one sidewall and a neck extending outwardly from the at least one sidewall. The neck includes a rim at an upper end thereof, the neck being defined by an inner surface, a top surface, and an outer surface. The refill further includes a plug and a wick having a first end positioned within the bottle and a second end extending out of the bottle, the wick further defining a longitudinal axis. The plug is coupled to the neck of the bottle, the plug retaining the wick within the bottle. At least a portion of the inner surface of the rim is tapered at an angle of between about 2 and about 9 degrees with respect to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: S. C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Pieper, Richard D. Maggard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9633502
    Abstract: A controlled coin inlet or portal is described that allows for improved alignment of a coin with the coin entry slot of a coin acceptor mechanism. A coin entry slot having at least an upper or lower edge is dimensioned to allow entry of a coin of a desired maximum width in a substantially on-edge orientation. The coin portal may include at least one outwardly extending coin guide slot of substantially corresponding maximum width as the coin entry slot and positioned adjacent to the upper or lower edge of the coin entry slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Imonex Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philemon Louis Bruner, Kurt Douglas Regenbrecht
  • Patent number: 9439365
    Abstract: A supporter for connecting and positioning irrigation devices is revealed. The supporter for connecting and positioning irrigation devices includes a conical body and a connecting device. The conical body consists of a sharp end and a connecting end. The sharp end is mounted into the ground for positioning. The connecting device is composed of a receiving portion, assembly portions, and a switch portion. The assembly portions are used for connection to hoses and water flow guidance while the switch portion is used to control on/off of the water flow in the connecting device. The connecting device is set on the connecting end of the conical body so as to connect to hoses and position the hoses on the ground by the conical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 9149385
    Abstract: A hose connection for an arrangement for collection of liquid from a patient is disclosed which connection comprises a first tubular member (1) to be in fluid connection with the patient and having one or more protrusions (3) arranged on an outer surface, and an outlet (2), and further comprises a collection bag (24) having an inlet to be connected to the outlet for collection of liquid coming through the first tubular member. The inlet comprises a second tubular member (5) being connected to the bag and adapted to receive and surround at least a part of said first tubular member. The second tubular member has one or more receiving means (6, 11) being engageable with the protrusions for providing a locked, but separable connection between the first and second tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: UNOMEDICAL A/S
    Inventors: Trygve Kalf Hansen, Michael James
  • Patent number: 9027797
    Abstract: A shield for a fluid dispenser includes a mount structure and a fluid-deflecting structure defining an interior flow passage. The mount structure is configured to be attached to an actuator of a fluid dispenser. Fluid dispensers and fluid dispenser systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mann, Shelby Jay Buell, Touby Khamphilapanyo, Robert L. Quinlan, Richard E. Corney
  • Publication number: 20150001252
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dripless paint can and paint can lid. The device includes a cylindrical paint can having an inner rim disposed along the top end thereof. The inner rim includes a plurality of apertures separated at regular intervals. The apertures are adapted to drain excess paint that sits on the inner rim into the interior of the paint can. The paint can may further include a pivotally attached handle thereon to facilitate the transportation of paint. The present invention further includes a paint can lid having a plurality of protruding members thereon. The protruding members are also separated at regular intervals and can be directly aligned to the apertures on the inner rim of the paint can so that each of the protruding members can be inserted into an aperture. The protruding members lock within the apertures, thereby improving the seal between the paint can and paint can lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Phil Eberhardt
  • Publication number: 20140319187
    Abstract: A pour spout is adapted to be coupled to a container having an open end and an outer lip extending around the open end. The pour spout includes a body having a reservoir for receiving fluid from the container. A channel leads from the reservoir to a distal end of the body for directing fluid away from the reservoir. Two clips are disposed on the body for coupling the body to the outer lip of the container at one or more positions whereat the outer lip curves. A proximal wall of the body of the pour spout extends between the two clips and is configured to fit underneath the curve in the outer lip of the container for capturing fluid spilling from the container within the reservoir. Fluid is prevented from exiting out through the channel when the container is resting in an upright orientation on a generally horizontal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventor: Brian R. McGee
  • Patent number: 8871160
    Abstract: Provided is a biomaterial detecting device for confirming or detecting a biomaterial reaction, and more particularly to a biomaterial detecting device, which is formed in a stick type to thereby be immersed in a tube containing a biomaterial solution to be tested; has an upper portion with a cap structure to thereby induce reaction with a biomaterial, and thus facilitate confirmation and detection of the biomaterial; and is formed in a cap structure to thereby prevent evaporation of a sample and infiltration of an external material at the time of a biomaterial reaction in the tube, and thus improve reliability in analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: K-MAC
    Inventors: Sung-Min Seo, Jae-Hyung Park, Oleksandrov Sergiy, Joong Hwan Lee, Mun-Cheol Paek, Su-Jin Ku
  • Publication number: 20140305972
    Abstract: A pouring device is disclosed that affords convenience, practicality, and safety when pouring liquids or food from containers without a spout. The pouring device comprises a spout cap component, a lip portion on the spout cap component, and an attachment component for removably securing the spout cap component to a container for pouring. The spout cap component comprises an end wall, opposing side walls depending therefrom, and an extending lip portion. The lip portion forms a spout tapering inwardly from the opposing side walls of the spout cap component. The attachment component is typically a clip which would extend out from the end wall of the spout cap component and then curve downward toward the bottom of the device. The clip would be manufactured as an integral piece with the spout cap component. The devices can be manufactured in different sizes and stacked together for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jill Dudik
  • Publication number: 20140291360
    Abstract: The invention includes an assembly for dispensing liquid having an inlet configured to receive liquid from a bottle, at least two attachment means, a first attachment having a first fixed diameter and a second attachment having a second fixed diameter, and an outlet for dispensing liquid passing through said assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Binyamin Bracha
  • Patent number: 8845223
    Abstract: A sleeved leveling device with an anti-skid design is provided with a sleeve portion and a trimming portion formed at one end of the sleeve portion. Anti-skid ribs formed on the inner peripheral surface of the sleeve portion will produce friction with respect to the nozzle of the sealant gun to ensure that the sleeved leveling device can be firmly sleeved on the sealant gun without falling off. An injection hole of the leveling device has an obtuse angle which enables the sealant to flow out successfully even when the user doesn't hold the leveling device in a perpendicular position to the surface where a seam to be filled is located. Moreover, the inner trimming surface of the trimming portion is arc-shaped, so that remnant sealant will be collected in the center of the inner trimming surface without overflowing, and the cleanliness of seam-filling operation is assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Liao
  • Patent number: 8827123
    Abstract: A dispenser having a container for receiving a volume of food dressing, the dispenser comprising a tube extending between a first end portion having a first opening facing the internal space of the container and a second end portion having a distal end with a second opening facing the atmosphere such that the tube defines a passage between the first and second openings for allowing fluid communication between the internal space of the container and the atmosphere, wherein the tube has a first section extending from the first end portion and a second section ending at the distal end, wherein the passage has a first internal taper along the first section and the second section extends along a curve such that the distal end is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, and wherein, after pouring, when the dispenser is moved back into an upright position by the user, the food dressing remaining in the passage flows back into the internal space of the container without dripping from the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Trudeau Corporation 1889 Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Mainville, Benoit Orban, Maxime Langlois
  • Patent number: 8757453
    Abstract: A pouring spout for a paint can has an arcuate base joined to a lip. The base has an arcuate rib with a pocket accommodating a portion of the circular bead of the paint can and an arcuate flange spaced from the rib providing a passage into the pocket. Bosses joined to the flange and rib are compressed against the bead to bias the rib into tight sealing relation with the bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Sven O. Olsson
  • Patent number: 8662351
    Abstract: A secondary container assembly includes a skirt configured to securely and removably engage the rim of a beverage can. The secondary container includes a secondary compartment holding a secondary liquid. A primary flow channel extends through the secondary container to provide a fluid flow path from the open beverage can to an outlet of the secondary container. A plurality of mixing apertures provide fluid communication ports between the secondary compartment and the primary flow channel, allowing the secondary liquid to mix with beverage from the can in the primary flow channel. A vent tube prevents a vacuum from forming that would otherwise impede flow of the secondary liquid into the primary flow channel. A removable seal covers the outlet and mixing ports. A threaded lid holds the seal in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Fadi Kalaouze
  • Patent number: 8640928
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container includes a closure cap having an open ended body with a peripheral wall and a top wall provided with a dispensing passage which is defined by a collar arranged to the top wall. A self closing valve is arranged in the closure cap. The valve includes a slit central portion and a skirt extending downwardly from the central portion, which has an outwardly extending flange. The skirt is arranged in the collar and the flange is located below the collar and extends radially outwardly beyond it. On a lower surface of the top wall, a plurality of lips is formed outward from the collar. The lips are folded over the flange such that the latter is partly enveloped between the lips and the top wall so as to secure the valve in the closure cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Plasticum Group B.V.
    Inventors: Lenny Marita Ellenkamp-Van Olst, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus Den Boer, Gerrit Jan Stegeman, Jan Van Alfen
  • Patent number: 8561850
    Abstract: A device for dispensing materials and a method for operating the device are disclosed. An embodiment of the device comprises a tube, a disk for transferring piston pressure to the material to be dispensed and a pliable cone-shaped plastic nozzle attached to the tube. A tab attached to the disk enables latching on with a hook and removal of the disk when the material is in the tube is depleted, thus allowing refilling the tube as needed. Metal in the form of wire strands, wire mesh or coil is imbedded in the walls of the nozzle and provides pliability to the nozzle, but prevents recoil due to the characteristic memory of plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin L Dawson
  • Patent number: 8550311
    Abstract: A fastener device (1, 2) for fastening a dispenser member (4) on a reservoir neck (51), the device comprising: a ring (1) forming an annular bearing collar (10) for coming to bear against the top (52) of the neck (51), with a gasket (3) possibly being interposed therebetween, and a skirt (11) including a free bottom end (145) and a deformable fastener section (13) that is deformed by thrust on the free end; and a hoop (2) that surrounds the skirt (11) of the ring (1) and constrains the fastener section (13) to deform inwards into contact with the neck (51); the device being characterized in that the deformable fastener section (13) is separated from the free end (145) by a substantially non-deformable bottom section (14) that is in engagement with the hoop (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Gérard Cornet, Alain Behar
  • Patent number: 8511507
    Abstract: A decorative cover object supported on the lid of a can to enable drinking from the can. The decorative cover object includes a decorative spout member having a drinking spout and an internal collar and an insert received by the internal collar and for support from the can. The insert includes a base that mates with the collar and a deflectable peripheral flange that releasably engages with the can lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Neil Kumar Malik
  • Patent number: 8491854
    Abstract: A test tube insert includes a flange having a width greater than a width of a mouth of a larger test tube into which the insert is to be inserted. The flange defines a first central opening. An annulus extends integrally downward from the flange. The annulus includes a fenestrated wall and a floor defining a second central opening. A small test tube body, smaller than the larger test tube, extends integrally downward from the floor of the annulus with the second central opening forming a mouth of the small test tube body. The test tube insert is disposed in the mouth of the larger test tube. Fluid is transferred through the central opening and the fluid fills the small test tube body of the test tube insert and flows through the fenestrated wall once the small test tube body is full into the larger test tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventor: Abdullah Khalid Al-Rasheed
  • Patent number: 8490838
    Abstract: A cocktail ingredient dispenser can include engaging devices for creating a seal around an opening of a carbonated liquid container and for providing an openable and closeable opening which can retain the carbonation within the carbonated liquid when closed. Some embodiments of the dispenser are configured to maintain a gas tight seal with a top portion of the container. Certain embodiments of the dispenser are configured to allow a cooled fluid to flow into thermal communication with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Monster Energy Company
    Inventors: Mark Hall, Jeff Hoover, Dan Lamb
  • Patent number: 8479952
    Abstract: A package includes a pour spout and a closure cap. The pour spout is adapted to fit into a neck finish associated with a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: John Tauber, Duane Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8448827
    Abstract: An embodiment of a nozzle comprising a nozzle adapter, a nozzle tip, and a plunger is provided. The nozzle adapter comprises an inner and outer surface, the inner surface having a helical groove, and a top end rotatably coupled to the nozzle adapter inner surface. The plunger comprises an outer surface, a top end, and a lower end that mates with the nozzle tip inner surface. At least one projection is along the body outer surface between the top end and the lower end keyed to fit within the helical groove of the nozzle tip, wherein the plunger and the nozzle tip are configured so that rotational motion of the nozzle tip causes axial motion of the plunger relative to the nozzle adapter without appreciable axial motion of the nozzle tip relative to the nozzle adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fair Oaks Farms Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Peter Doelman, Vincent A. Baxter
  • Patent number: 8434651
    Abstract: A pouring member includes an unsealing cap and at least two rotation prevention sections extending vertically and downwardly from an end surface of an open end side of the unsealing cap and is arranged such that the at least two rotation prevention sections are apart from one another by an angle which is larger than a rotation angle required for twisting off the sealing part, and symmetrically with respect to the central axis of the unsealing cap. A recess is formed such that the recess opens to a front end side of the rotation prevention section, and an engagement projection engages the recess in a direction substantially parallel with a direction in which the rotation prevention sections are extended vertically and downwardly, and is formed at a specific position of the flange part of the pouring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., Meijo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihito Miyazaki, Hiroaki Hayashi, Kimio Takeuchi, Yasuyuki Takeuchi, Manabu Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 8413859
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly for use with a device for dispensing a flowable material, such as caulking material, is disclosed. The nozzle assembly includes a conduit having an inlet end adapted for connecting to the dispensing device, an outlet end, and a longitudinally extending passage therethrough. A head assembly is arranged to be rotatably mounted to the conduit outlet end. A nozzle is arranged to be affixed within the head assembly, the nozzle comprising a larger diameter inlet opening, a smaller diameter outlet opening, and a tapered wall comprising a notched portion which, together with the outlet opening forms a dispensing opening. The nozzle is arranged to rotate in response to rotation of the head assembly to any one of a plurality of positions for directing a bead of flowable material onto a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Albion Engineering Co.
    Inventors: Mark C Schneider, Joseph B Hanni
  • Patent number: 8397960
    Abstract: A dispensing and sealing assembly for containers includes a mounting assembly comprising an assembly frame having an opening and a plurality of assembly mount flanges carried by the assembly frame. A dispensing assembly is carried by the mounting assembly and includes a tube skirt carried by the assembly frame generally over the opening and a dispensing assembly tube extending from the tube skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Woodrow Wilson Farrar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8371483
    Abstract: A lid for use with containers having a peripherally disposed edge with a rolled inside edge positioned around the container opening. The lid has a flange with a first rim projecting downwardly therefrom. The first rim has an edge engaging section with a plurality of concentrically positioned snap rings that each have a concavely shaped contact surface facing outward from the first rim to engage a curved surface on the rolled inside edge. The first rim is tapered inwardly such that the lower snap rings have a smaller diameter than the upper snap rings to allow the container to select which snap ring provides the best fit for snap engagement with the curved surface. The snap rings are made out of a material that deforms to the shape of the curved surface. A second rim projecting downward from the flange outwardly of the first rim provides a dust shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Peter B. Sanford
  • Patent number: 8365960
    Abstract: A beverage container has a lower container section filled with a first liquid. Above the lower container section is an upper container section secured to the lip and groove of the lower section. The upper container section can hold a second different liquid than the first liquid. The upper section defines a mixing channel where openings to both the upper and lower container sections meet to allow the two liquids to mix prior to final dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Fadi Kalaouze
  • Patent number: 8286832
    Abstract: The dispensing device for single use includes a multicomponent cartridge (1), a mixer (8) having a mixer housing (9), as well as closure means for closing the outlets (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge. These closure means are connected to the mixer housing and comprise a respective closure stopper (13, 14) for each outlet that is insertable in an outlet (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge and is deformable such that upon rotation of the mixer housing relative to the cartridge, the closure stoppers (13, 14) are removed from the outlets (4, 5) of the multicomponent cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sulzer Mixpac AG
    Inventor: Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Publication number: 20120255972
    Abstract: A dispensing pouch assembly includes a pouch defining an volume and forming a circular opening into the volume, the circular opening having a wall and an inwardly protruding retaining lip thereon with sealing faces on the bottom and top surfaces thereof. A nozzle assembly removably engaged with the pouch includes a nozzle having a port extending from a top to a bottom end. A radial flange extends from the bottom end and includes a peripheral portion engaging the bottom surface of the retaining lip. A gasket encircles the nozzle with a peripheral portion of the lower face thereof engaging the top surface of the retaining lip. A retaining collar engaged with the nozzle urges the gasket and the radial flange, respectively, against the retaining lip sealing faces in a fluid-tight fit, permitting exit of flowable contents in the volume only through the port. Optionally, a cap fits on the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Jan Schneider
  • Patent number: 8261945
    Abstract: A soap dispenser has a base and a cover attached to the base by two sets of hinges. A container of soap is housed between the cover and the base and is attached to a liquid or foam dispensing pump. The pump is housed within a mounting device which surrounds the pump and has several diameters and at least one shoulder. In at least one embodiment, the mounting device has a flexible arm that biases the cover to a non-actuated position. The portion of the mounting device farthest from the pump's dispensing orifice and located closest to the soap container is flat in at least one embodiment on two opposite surfaces, which assists in orienting the pump correctly. As the portion is not circular, it must be oriented correctly. In at least one embodiment, as the cover is depressed, the pump actuates to dispense foam or soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Haworth
  • Patent number: 8261787
    Abstract: A system for transferring a viscous liquid between bottles that comprises a first bottle from which liquid is to be drained, a second bottle for receiving the liquid, a first bottle connector that attaches to the first bottle and a second bottle connector that attaches to the second bottle. Each bottle connector has a bottle engaging section that engages the bottle and a connection section that engages the connection section on an opposing bottle connector. Each connection section is genderless and comprises a plurality of outwardly extending members and a member receiving section between each adjacent members. When used to drain fluids from one bottle to another, an outwardly extending member of one connector is received in a member receiving section of the other connector to place the outwardly extending members in interlocking relation. The connection section can comprise a locking mechanism to lockingly join the two connectors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Peter B. Sanford
  • Patent number: 8231032
    Abstract: A beverage release cap over a bottle cap of a plastic carbonated beverage bottle for dispensing a beverage, without losing gasses inside the bottle, when the bottle is inverted or partially inverted for pouring. The beverage release cap has three distinct functional and physical sections. A lower section engaging a bottle rim below the bottle cap and snapping over the bottle rim, thereby retaining the beverage release cap to the bottle while providing a seal and permitting a twisting rotation of the beverage release cap. A middle section gripping the bottle cap with vertical, equally spaced ribs, a space between the ribs allowing beverage to flow between the bottle cap and the beverage release cap. An upper section providing a path for the beverage to flow from the middle section. The beverage release cap may alternatively be a replacement to the standard bottle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel C. Puma
  • Patent number: 8173081
    Abstract: A stopper body of refractory material and cylindrical shape having a first end (10), a second end (14) and an intermediate zone (12) there between, with a bore (16) of circular cross section, extending from said first end (10) in an axial direction of the stopper body into said intermediate zone (12) towards the second end (14), wherein the said bore being provided with an enlarged cross section (at 16s) along at least part of said intermediate Zone (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Refractory Intellectual Property GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stephen John Lee, Stuart Alexander William Mungall, Derek James Chalmers
  • Patent number: 8162012
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices facilitating the addition of items into containers. In particular, the present invention relates to devices configured to assist in supplying food items into mixing containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Tim Kulas
  • Patent number: 8162180
    Abstract: A collapsible container for storing, transporting, and dispensing liquids which includes a generally rectangular shaped box, a spout which is fluidly interconnected to the box, a pouring spout member which is attachable to the spout, a handle, and a support member which maintains the position of the spout relative to the box. The pouring spout member may form a non-releasable connection with the spout to allow for single use of the container. The container may be configured such that, when viewed in lateral cross section and when viewed in longitudinal cross section, the container includes a continuous band of material surrounding the interior volume of the container that is maintained during storage, expansion, and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Jon S. Lips
  • Patent number: 8132698
    Abstract: In a liquid dispensing system having a dispensing module and a gun manifold, the gun manifold includes a shelf portion that extends outwardly from its front face and the dispensing module includes a correspondingly shaped aperture configured to engage the shelf portion so that the dispensing module rests, or hangs, on the gun manifold without being held into place. From this position, the module can be easily and readily attached to the manifold. The shelf and aperture have complementary shapes and can be keyed so as to require the mating of the manifold and module in only one orientation. Additionally, an adaptor can be provided between the module and manifold so that smooth face manifolds and modules can still be coupled to corresponding manifolds and modules having shelves or apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Raterman, Christopher R. Chastine, Alain Chouinard, Greg A. Craig, David Pullagura, Matthew R. Tinaglia
  • Patent number: 8087595
    Abstract: A combination rinse pitcher, particularly for rinsing shampoo from the head of a child during “bath time.” A main container body is made of relatively rigid material, and has a bottom and a plurality of main body sidewalls. A lip element is attached to the main container body and defines a rim of the rinse pitcher. The lip element is made of a relatively soft material which is sufficiently flexible such that at least a first portion of the rim can conform to the shape of the child's forehead. The first portion of the rim can be pressed against the child's forehead forming a seal to prevent poured water from flowing down the forehead of the child. A second one of the lip element sidewalls has apertures through which water can be poured to provide a shower-like flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: BRICA, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence O. Freese
  • Patent number: 8087554
    Abstract: An inventive pouring spout that is selectively attachable to a container and fitted to the opening of the container with which it is used. In a preferred embodiment, the pouring spout is fitted to the dimensions of a one-quart container and includes a wall, a sealing member, a mouth and a handle. The handle is connected to the wall with a hinge that enables the handle to pivot away from the container to allow the sealing member to be appropriately positioned while the container rests flat on a surface. After the sealing member is in place, the handle is then pivoted back in position to securely hold the container. The handle includes a plurality of upwardly extending projections adapted to securely engage the bottom rim of the container. Furthermore, thermoplastic material is applied at the handle area forming a handle cover that is comfortable and easy to grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Allway Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Gringer, Yuan Fang Cheng
  • Patent number: 7997462
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bung hole and tag assembly for small flexible containers, in particular for food liquids substantially consisting of a bung hole (2) of a container and a liquid dispensing tab comprising a body (1) for mounting in the bung hole (2) and dispensing a liquid. The inventive assembly is characterized in that it is provided with at least one means (3) for positioning and holding the bung hole (2) on the container and in a machine for producing containers or the similar and/or in a machine for filling and indexing the body (1) for mounting the tab in said bung hole (2). Said invention is particularly usable for producing small flexible containers, in particular for food liquids and for the dispensing tabs for said containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Flextainer
    Inventor: Rene Erb
  • Patent number: 7967040
    Abstract: A system for transferring a viscous liquid between containers that comprises a first container from which the liquid is to be drained, a second container for receiving the liquid, a first transfer lid that attaches to the first container, a second transfer lid that attaches to the second container and a transfer adapter that interconnects the lids. The first transfer lid has an outlet spout received into the transfer adapter, which is received in an inlet spout of the second transfer lid. The first container is inverted over the second container to drain liquid from the first container lid to the second container through the connected container lids. In an another configuration, the system is used with bottles and comprises a pair of bottle connectors that each engage a bottle and have interlocking members that join the connectors. In another embodiment liquid is transferred between a bottle and a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Peter B. Sanford
  • Patent number: 7870979
    Abstract: A container for storing pourable contents having a cover with a spout wall upwardly extending from the top surface of the cover. The spout wall has a pouring section which gradually reduces in height to the front of the spout. On either side of the pouring section the spout wall also has a spill inhibiting section to prevent spilling as the contents of the container is poured. The container also has a removable lid which mates with the spout wall to prevent contents from spilling over the spout wall when the container is being used for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: James Maki, Jeffrey W. George
  • Patent number: 7841489
    Abstract: A container having a knit line. The container comprises a body defining a partially enclosed volume having an access opening defined by a neck, the neck defining a pocket. An insert is coupled to the neck. The insert comprises an outer wall configured to fit within the opening of the container and defining the periphery of the insert. The outer wall has an upper edge and a lower edge, with the upper edge including an annular lip extending radially outward to prevent the insert from being pushed too far into or through the neck. The tooth extends from the lip and is configured to insert into a notch defined by the neck of the container. An upstanding spout is located within the outer wall. A bottom wall connects the lower edge of the outer wall and the spout to form a channel between the outer wall and the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Masterchem Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Gilbertson, Scott G. Manke
  • Patent number: 7832593
    Abstract: In a liquid dispensing system having a dispensing module and a gun manifold, the gun manifold includes a shelf portion that extends outwardly from its front face and the dispensing module includes a correspondingly shaped aperture configured to engage the shelf portion so that the dispensing module rests, or hangs, on the gun manifold without being held into place. From this position, the module can be easily and readily attached to the manifold. The shelf and aperture have complementary shapes and can be keyed so as to require the mating of the manifold and module in only one orientation. Additionally, an adaptor can be provided between the module and manifold so that smooth face manifolds and modules can still be coupled to corresponding manifolds and modules having shelves or apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Raterman, Christopher R. Chastine, Alain Chouinard, Greg A. Craig, David Pullagura, Matthew R. Tinaglia
  • Patent number: 7802702
    Abstract: A system for pouring liquids from a vessel is provided with a mounting flange that engages an inner surface of a vessel sidewall and a spout that extends from the mounting flange. A biasing member depends from the spout to engage an outer surface of the vessel sidewall and securely engage the mounting flange with the inner surface of the vessel sidewall. Guide walls may extend up from the mounting flange on either side of the spout. A separator plate may be removably secured with the mounting flange to strain solids from the liquid being poured from the vessel. The spout, alone or in combination with the separator plate my form a utensil support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: James Blaine Archer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7798372
    Abstract: A system for pouring liquids from a vessel is provided with a mounting flange that engages an inner surface of a vessel sidewall and a spout that extends from the mounting flange. A biasing member depends from the spout to engage an outer surface of the vessel sidewall and securely engage the mounting flange with the inner surface of the vessel sidewall. Guide walls may extend up from the mounting flange on either side of the spout. A separator plate may be removably secured with the mounting flange to strain solids from the liquid being poured from the vessel. The spout, alone or in combination with the separator plate, may form a utensil support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: James Blaine Archer, Jr.