Mounted For Relative Motion Patents (Class 222/83)
  • Patent number: 10035149
    Abstract: A mixing container includes a first container that stores two or more reagents and a second container for mixing two or more reagents. The first container includes reagent storage chambers that are respectively provided for the two or more reagents and have openings formed at portions thereof, and a sealing member that seals the respective openings of the reagent storage chambers. The second container includes an opening portion formed such that the first container can be connected thereto, and protruding portions disposed so as to pierce the sealing member when the first container is connected to the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: ARKRAY, Inc., BODITECH MED INC.
    Inventors: Fumito Hiramura, Hironori Hasegawa, Park Ki Tae, Kim Cheol Min
  • Patent number: 9988192
    Abstract: The present invention regards a package for food products comprising a flexible container having a first wall and a second wall opposite each other and peripherally sealed along at least the respective side edges, a space inside said walls containing, optionally in sterile conditions, a food product, and a gusset element extended between the upper edges of said first wall and of said second wall, said gusset element defining a pocket turned towards the interior of said flexible container, characterized in that it comprises an opening and closing device housed in said pocket and constrained to said flexible container, said opening and closing device comprising a pourer body associated with an opening and closing cap, and cutting means suitable to perforate said flexible container at the time of the first opening of said packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GRC Pack Luxembourg S.A.
    Inventor: Pierottavio Canegallo
  • Patent number: 9907432
    Abstract: A delivery head for a beverage preparation machine comprising a movable first part and a fixed second part, the first part being movable relative to the second part between an open position and a closed position, in the open position the first part being positioned to enable loading of a cartridge into the delivery head, in the closed position the first part and second part being positioned to hold said cartridge in a dispensing position, the delivery head further comprising an inlet piercer and an outlet piercer, the inlet piercer and the outlet piercer being orientated substantially in the same direction and being pivotable relative to the fixed second part between a retracted position and a piercing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Roger Geoffrey Tanner, Andrew Michael Halliday
  • Patent number: 9877709
    Abstract: Applicators for storing, sterilizing, and dispensing adhesives. The applicators comprise a porous tip, a body, and a container containing a polymerizable cyanoacrylate monomer adhesive. The applicators are sterilized by radiation, and following sterilization, the adhesive remains substantially unpolymerized for about twenty four months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Adhezion Biomedical, LLC
    Inventors: Rafael Ruiz, Sr., Sheng Zhang, Martin Krauss
  • Patent number: 9821938
    Abstract: A universal bottle cap capable of threadably engaging two or more bottles of a different thread arrangement having a substance retained therein. The universal bottle cap threadedly engages a bottle containing a beverage therein. Such universal bottle cap includes a cylindrical member closed at a first end thereof and open at a second end thereof. There is a threaded portion disposed on an inner surface of the cylindrical member for engaging a threaded end of such bottle. A capsule like device is disposed inside the cylindrical member adjacent the closed end for retaining a substance to be dispensed into a beverage in such bottle. A device for piercing the capsule engages each of the threaded portion of the bottle cap and the capsule for piercing the capsule as the universal bottle cap is threaded onto such bottle thereby releasing contents of the capsule into such beverage for mixing therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Craig R. Valentine
  • Patent number: 9650174
    Abstract: The fillable closure is used to trigger the emptying of a capsule that can be inserted in the closure and filled separately. The closure consists of a closing cap which can be attached to the neck of a container and in which a separately fillable capsule can be inserted in the closed state from beneath. The region above the inserted capsule on the closing cap forms a push button. A downwardly projecting protuberance is molded on the lower face. The protuberance abuts against the inserted capsule. Using pressure from above, the push button can be pressed to deform an initially convex shape as seen from above into a concave shape, the protuberance pushing the upper face of the capsule and the content thereof downward. A film, which forms the lower face of the capsule, is thus placed under tensile stress such that it breaks or bursts along weakened lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: RIWISA AG, BEVASWISS AG
    Inventors: Fritz Seelhofer, Wolfgang Zangerle
  • Patent number: 9637290
    Abstract: A capsule cap for a beverage container of the present invention includes: a cylindrical lower coupling unit (10) keeping an additive (A) therein; a cutting unit (20) having a cylindrical cutting body (21) inserted in a lower body (11) and vertically moving down to cut a seal (12) so that the additive (A) drops; and an upper coupling unit (30) disposed over the lower coupling unit (30) to be turned and vertically move the cutting unit (20), in which drinking water contained in the beverage container an additive are separately kept, so the drinking water and the additive are prevented from spoiling. Further, spiral guides are formed, so torque is easily changed into straight force, thereby achieving easy cutting and opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: CHUNG A RAM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-bok Jeon
  • Patent number: 9604045
    Abstract: Described is a lock connection device for medical fluid lines comprising a first connector for coupling a first medical fluid line and a second connector for coupling a second medical fluid line, wherein both connectors are adapted for releasable attachment to each other. The device comprises a first closing member adapted to be releasably attached to the first connector so as to close it, and a second closing member adapted to be releasably attached to the second connector so as to close it. The first and second closing members are configured to attach to each other. If the first closing member is attached to the first connector and the second closing member is attached to the first closing member and the second connector, the first closing member can be detached from the first connector wherein the second closing member remains attached to the first closing member and the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MICREL MEDICAL DEVICES, S.A.
    Inventor: Achilleas Tsoukalis
  • Patent number: 9592944
    Abstract: A fitment for use with a collapsible bag for dispensing liquids or semi-solids having a spout of a generally cylindrical body attached to a collapsible bag, an aseptic flip-cap attached to the spout having positioned therein a flexible cap duckbill that allows for the flow of fluid when engaged with a probe assembly, wherein the flip-cap forms an aseptic seal with the spout on the collapsible bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LIQUI-BOX CORPORATION
    Inventor: James Johnson
  • Patent number: 9592940
    Abstract: The present application provides an ingredient release spout with an ingredient therein for use on a container. The ingredient release spout may include a cap with the ingredient therein and a nozzle. The cap may include a diaphragm with a capsule insert extending therefrom. The nozzle may include a cutting device therein such that rotating the cap pulls the diaphragm and the capsule insert towards the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Samuel Ombaku Nyambi, Fritz Seelhofer
  • Patent number: 9505513
    Abstract: A device for sterilizing cuboid-shaped cardboard/plastic combipacks in an autoclave, wherein the packs consisting of product and packing are subjected to heat treatment at a certain temperature over a certain period of time, wherein the product consists of a liquid and chunky portions, and wherein mechanisms are provided inside the autoclave to drive the packs rotationally about a rotational spindle, and a cuboid-shaped cardboard/plastic combipack for use in such a device. A plurality of packs, are arranged closely adjacent to one another in parallel rows, to be arranged on support floors and for a plurality of support floors loaded with packs to be arranged one above the other and fixed in their mutual positions. The cardboard for the pack used therewith is made water-repellent by means of glue to reduce the intake of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Michael Wolters, Thomas Dintelmann
  • Patent number: 9238531
    Abstract: A reclosable pouring element for liquids contained in packagings, in particular liquid food, including a base body, which has a pouring opening, an external thread and a flange for connection to the packaging, a cutting ring, which has a cutting edge and a projection, and a screw lid, which has an internal thread and an actuator, the pouring opening being closed by a barrier film. To achieve improved protection of the barrier film against damage while still having a reliable opening function of the pouring element, it is proposed that the base body has a support wall, on which the barrier film rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Sven Himmelsbach, Markus Wassum
  • Patent number: 9227771
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is to provide a very safe opener cap that can easily open a film serving as a section to be opened without scattering the contents. A can body (10) and a screw cap (20) are screwed together, and the screw cap (20) and an opener (30) are ratcheted together so as to rotate as a unit in the direction of the screw cap (20) tightening. Blade angles of an annular blade (34) are configured so that the blade angle in the direction of the screw cap (20) loosing is gentler than the blade angle in the direction of tightening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KEY COFFEE INC.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Ueda, Masahiro Takenaka, You Yamamori, Kazuo Kawamata, Takeshi Sou, Syouzo Fujii
  • Patent number: 9211984
    Abstract: A dispensing cap sealingly mountable within the throat of a beverage container has an open-bottomed flow tube connected to a surrounding skirt by a resilient diaphragm, forming a storage chamber surrounding the flow tube. An annular base cap at the base of the flow tube is releasably engageable with the skirt to close off the bottom of the storage chamber. A downward force applied to the flow tube will resiliently deform the diaphragm and downwardly disengage the base cap from the skirt, thus releasing the contents of the storage chamber into the container. The flow tube extends above the storage chamber and terminates in a flow assembly having a cap sleeve movable between a closed position and a “consume” position in which the contents of the container can flow through the flow tube and out an opening in the cap sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: FROM THE EARTH NATURALLY LTD.
    Inventors: Anita Dyrbye, Mike Claerhout
  • Patent number: 9194093
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a water pump that may be easily constructed from inexpensive parts and materials and that is powered by the water source from which the water to be pumped is drawn. In a preferred embodiment, two pairs of lever arms located on opposite sides of the pump are alternately filled with water from the source and then emptied causing the lever arms to alternately ascend and descend. As the lever arms ascend and descend, they alternately fill and then compress a pair of pistons causing water to be pumped to an outlet of the pump. Water from the emptied lever arms may preferably be returned to the source, thus minimizing any impact of the pump on the environment and downstream users of the water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Full Belly Project Ltd.
    Inventors: Joost Brender A. Brandis, Jeffrey Lynn McKay
  • Patent number: 9150336
    Abstract: The closure cap according to the invention for a container for receiving liquids, and in particular a BFS container for receiving an enteral nutrient solution, has a cover part and a rim part, with a withdrawal part for the withdrawal of a liquid, and in particular the enteral nutrient solution, being arranged in the cover part. Basically, the closure cap according to the invention may also comprise, as well as the withdrawal part, an injection part for the injection of a medicinal liquid into the enteral nutrient solution. The withdrawal part of the closure cap according to the invention has a connecting part for a spike of a flexible line of a transfer device and a closing-off part having a pierceable membrane for closing-off the recess in the connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: FRESENIUS KABI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Torsten Brandenburger, Gerhard Greier, Ismael Rahimy
  • Patent number: 9090445
    Abstract: A pouch connector includes a safety cap having a cap base portion and a main connector disposed opposite the safety cap. The main connector and safety cap are configured to receive a portion of a pouch therebetween. The main connector includes a piercing member for piercing the pouch, an actuating portion for actuating the piercing member and a main connector base portion. The piercing member is configured to pierce through a portion of the pouch so as to provide fluid communication between a substance inside the pouch and the interior of the main connector. A polymeric membrane is coupled to at least one of the cap base portion and the main connector base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Publication number: 20150144656
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispensing cap for attaching to a container, which includes a dispensing chamber having an interior compartment for holding an ingredient to be dispensed into the container. The top end of the dispensing chamber has a flexible diaphragm and an actuator button and the lower end of the dispensing chamber is connected to a movable cone-shaped member. The dispensing chamber includes a threaded bottle cap for attaching the container to the dispensing cap. A vertical shaft includes four rectangular shaped vanes which engage and push the cone-shaped member at the bottom of the dispensing chamber. This causes the cone-shaped member to move to an open position and thereby form a dispensing opening in the bottom of the interior compartment of the dispensing chamber so that the ingredient housed within the compartment freely passes through the dispensing opening and into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: EZRA HAMWAY
  • Patent number: 9016517
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extracting fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A force indicator may indicate when a force exceeding a threshold value is applied to the needle during insertion and/or withdrawal of the needle from a cork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Brierley Craft
  • Publication number: 20150090735
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system can be used with a container comprising at least one camming surface. In various embodiments, the fluid dispensing system can have a housing which can accept at least a portion of the container in a fixed orientation and a track which can be engaged with the housing. In at least one embodiment, the housing can be slidably movable along the track at least between a first position and a second position. In various embodiments, the fluid dispensing system can have a tube which can be engaged with at least a portion of the container to withdraw fluid therefrom when the housing is in the second position and can also have a fluid system in fluid communication with the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Lawrence SMITH, Brian Joseph ROSELLE, Stephan James Andreas MESCHKAT, Corey Michael BISCHOFF, Kenneth Eugene LAMB, William Peter WURZELBACHER, Douglas Arthur MARSDEN
  • Patent number: 8973789
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container having a housing with a fluid passage, a retaining ring attached to an inner surface of a wall of the housing and having a sloping centering flange, and a valve positioned in the housing and sealing the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Patent number: 8967430
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tap assembly for dispensing fluids from a flexible film bag such as a “bag-in-box”. Known taps associated with such flexible bags do not efficiently dispense fluid from a bag which is partially collapsed and/or can damage the opposite wall of the partially collapsed bag. The tap assembly includes a body with a bore, an actuation member to cover at least a portion of the bore and a piercer which is configured to pivot within the bore and pierce and cut a sterility membrane positioned over an open end of the bore upon movement of the actuation member by a user. The piercer comprises a curved surface which functions to position the piercer away from the plane of the adjacent bag wall after initial piercing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Nicholson Wrigley
  • Patent number: 8960423
    Abstract: A fillable closure is used to initiate emptying of a separately fillable capsule molded into this closure. The capsule is made oxygen-impermeable on the inside or outside with a vapor-deposited layer of silicon dioxide or metal. The volume of the capsule can be reduced through pressurization from the top, through deformation of its side walls, for cutting or rupturing a sealing foil. The capsule has an asymmetric push button with a pusher surface, a deformable front and side wall and a stable rear wall. The upper end of the rear wall forms a stationary edge, on which the pusher surface can be pivoted downward through deformation of the front and side wall. On the bottom of the pusher surface, a triangle-shaped blade is formed, which ends in a tip, and its triangle edge forming a cutting edge for piercing and cutting the sealing foil on the bottom of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bevaswiss AG
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Publication number: 20150048110
    Abstract: A resealable spigot for a coconut that provides easy access by consumers to the sterile coconut water within a coconut. The spigot is comprised of a grommet positioned within a coconut tooled cavity, a sleeve positioned with said grommet and a plunger positioned within said sleeve with the plunger selectively movable to breech the coconut's seed-case cavity providing access to the sterile coconut water therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Paul dePoo
  • Publication number: 20150014354
    Abstract: The insulated bottle containment system supports a disposable water or sports drink bottle under a hard plastic ring below the cap. Supporting the bottle by this ring allows the invention to port the top of the disposable bottle with a puncture tube that is angled in a way that, while puncturing the top, it does not introduce a piece of the cap into the drink. At the top of the containment system is a hinged or pivoted top that introduces the puncture tube into the top and at its closed position locks into place. Through the puncture tube, the drink is allowed to flow to the drink port, where the consumer can drink their beverage. The top is adaptable to various different neck sizes. The insulated container is sized to accommodate a range of bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Kellenberger
  • Publication number: 20150016208
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to a multi-chamber container and related methods for storing and mixing liquids and associated methods of use. The multi-chamber container includes a first chamber configured to contain a first liquid composition. The multi-chamber container also includes a second chamber configured to contain a second liquid composition. The multi-chamber container further includes a barrier operable to separate the first chamber and the second chamber. Additionally, the multi-chamber container includes a compliant mechanism movable between a first position and a second position and a plunger movable with the compliant mechanism to alter or remove the barrier. In the first position, the barrier is operable to maintain the first liquid composition and the second liquid composition separate from one another. In the second position, the plunger is operable to alter or remove the barrier to facilitate contact of the first liquid composition and the second liquid composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Brian G. Larson, Jonathan George
  • Patent number: 8931711
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8931667
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system can be used with a container comprising at least one camming surface. In various embodiments, the fluid dispensing system can have a housing which can accept at least a portion of the container in a fixed orientation and a track which can be engaged with the housing. In at least one embodiment, the housing can be slidably movable along the track at least between a first position and a second position. In various embodiments, the fluid dispensing system can have a tube which can be engaged with at least a portion of the container to withdraw fluid therefrom when the housing is in the second position and can also have a fluid system in fluid communication with the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Lawrence Smith, Brian Joseph Roselle, Stephan James Andreas Meschkat, Corey Michael Bischoff, Kenneth Eugene Lamb, William Peter Wurzelbacher, Douglas Arthur Marsden
  • Publication number: 20140367415
    Abstract: Devices and methods for extracting a beverage from a container, such as a wine bottle. Beverage can be extracted from a container by inserting a needle through a container closure, such as a cork, delivering pressurized gas into the container via the needle, and dispensing beverage from the container via the needle. A pressure regulator may control a pressure of gas introduced into the container, and a lance used to pierce a pressurized gas cylinder may include a leading face arranged to reliably pierce a cylinder closure. The regulator may include valve features to reduce valve chatter or hammering and provide a more reliable pressure seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Rider, Otto Deruntz, Lee Ka Wing
  • Patent number: 8910829
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extract fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A needle may be attached to a device body by a needle base, which includes a surface arranged to engage with a needle guide to guide movement of the needle base and needle relative to the guide. A needle guide may also provide a shield for the needle tip and/or a needle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Lazaris, Otto Deruntz, Mike Rider
  • Patent number: 8893912
    Abstract: A closure device (1) for a product dispensing container. The closure device comprises a base (2) having a body with a connector portion (2a) adapted to mount the closure device on a product container. The base comprises a product channel (5) and a rupturable seal (4) occluding the product channel and forming a lower seal of the closure device. A rotary part (20) is rotatably journalled on the base. The rotary part has a product passage (21) in communication with the product channel in the base. An upper sealing arrangement (30) is arranged on the rotary part and forms an upper seal of the closure device that is remote from the lower seal and seals the product passage of the rotary part. A lower seal rupturing member (40) is movable in a rupturing motion relative to the base to rupture the rupturable lower seal. A motion transfer (27, 42, 3b, 41) means is provided and is adapted so as to effect the rupturing motion of the lower seal rupturing member upon suitable rotary actuation of the rotary part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Jan Van Der Molen, Laurens Last, Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink
  • Patent number: 8887956
    Abstract: A liquid supply device includes a container, a boring part, an operation lever, a fixing member, and a coupling portion. The container includes a sealing film and is filled with a liquid. The boring part bores the sealing film of the container when the boring part is inserted into the container to discharge the liquid from the container and supply the liquid to a supply destination. The operation lever is connected to the boring part and operates the boring part so that the boring part is pulled out and inserted into the container. The fixing member fixes the operation lever when the boring part is inserted into the container. The coupling portion is installed in the container and is coupled with the operation lever when the operation lever is moved to the position where the boring part is inserted into the container to prevent the boring part from slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Sekiyama, Tomohisa Yoshida, Satoshi Matsuzaka, Kenji Yokota
  • Patent number: 8839974
    Abstract: A closure cap for a container filled with a medical fluid and having a mouthpiece sealed by a pierceable membrane includes a cap-shaped closure body and a drinking stub with an opening for drinking purposes. The drinking stub is pivotable between a first position, in which the drinking stub bears against the closure body, and a second position, in which the drinking stub protrudes from the closure body, such that, when the drinking stub is pivoted, the membrane of the container is pierced and a connection is produced between the opening in the drinking stub and the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Brandenburger, Christian Ebert, Bernd Knierbein
  • Patent number: 8820591
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container assembly for a container having a housing with a fluid passage, a retaining ring attached to an inner surface of a wall of the housing and having a sloping centering flange, and a valve positioned in the housing and sealing the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DS Smith Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Carsten Pfromm
  • Patent number: 8820577
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a liquid is connectable to a container containing the liquid and detachably connectable to a base station having a drive member, the device including a liquid duct and a pump actuated by the drive member for effecting passage of liquid through the duct, characterized in that the device includes a cutter for piercing a tamper resistant foil positioned across the outlet of the container and that a push pin for actuating the cutter is operable from outside the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfenstein, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Publication number: 20140202895
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to a multi-chamber container and related methods for storing and mixing liquids and associated methods of use. The multi-chamber container includes a first chamber configured to contain a first liquid composition. The multi-chamber container also includes a second chamber configured to contain a second liquid composition. The multi-chamber container further includes a membrane separating the first liquid composition and the second liquid composition. The membrane is puncturable to facilitate contact of the first liquid composition and the second liquid composition. Additionally, the multi-chamber container includes a plunger operable to puncture the membrane. The plunger can be configured to move through an opening of the first chamber opposite the membrane to facilitate puncture of the membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Brian G. Larson
  • Patent number: 8784917
    Abstract: The invention concerns a new food product (1) in the form of a meal comprising food (4) and a sauce (5), intended to be mixed for consumption of the meal, in closed packaging (1) comprising a container (2) in which the food (4) is placed and a lid (3) in which the sauce (5) is placed, the sauce being separated from the food by a seal (7) which closes off the part of the lid (3) facing the food (4) characterized in that the container (2) comprises a mechanism (11) to tear the seal (7) when the lid (3) is turned concurrently to the container (2) between a pre-tearing position of the seal (7) and a tearing position of the seal (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Claude Sebban
  • Publication number: 20140197199
    Abstract: For the first time, a screw cap (1) is realized with which a tubular bag to which the screw cap (1) is attached can be opened by a self-cutting process and metered dispensing from a metering opening (31) is simultaneously realized. The screw cap (1) consists of a lower part (2), on which a spacing means (4), used in practical terms as transport protection, is placed, and onto which a cutting sleeve (3) with a lateral metering opening (31) is screwed. The container can be opened by means of the cutting sleeve (3) and thereafter its contents can be dispensed in a metered manner by means of a valve piston (5) that is guided in the cutting sleeve (3) by a screwing movement. In the closed state, the valve piston (5) reaches into the cylinder (30) of the cutting sleeve (3) underneath the metering opening (31) and seals the cylinder (30), which is open at both ends, off against the container that is welded to the flange (21) of the lower part (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 8770441
    Abstract: A spike for dispensing fluids from a flexible bag, wherein the spike includes multiple fluid channels which transfer liquids from the bag to an enclosed dispensing chamber and air from the enclosed chamber to the bag to permit and control fluid flow within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Packaging Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Macler
  • Publication number: 20140166157
    Abstract: One-piece dispensing closure or lid molded in a single mold not requiring assembly of independent pieces, except for a seal after filling the closure with the additive. The closure has a round side skirt and security or tamper evident band, provided inside with threaded ribs, a flexible diaphragm with a tearing structure made up of a central stem and a tearing cylinder having a plurality of tearing tips to break the seal and release the additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Rodrigo Oliva Salinas
  • Patent number: 8740110
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8720744
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closeable opening device (1) made of a spout fitting (2), a cutting element (3), and a screw cap (4), optimized for assembly and use. To this end, the spout fitting (2) and cutting element (3) are produced as semi-finished goods (5). The cutting element (3) comprises an upper edge (33) at the cylindrical part (30), having recesses (36) distributed uniformly around the circumference. The screw cap (4) comprises ring wall segments (46) on the inner underside of the cover surface thereof, designed diametrically opposite the recesses (36). The upper edge (33) and the ring wall segments (46) slide against each other during assembly, until the ring wall segments (46) engage in the recesses (36) in a form-fit manner. A stable form-fit connection thus exists between the two said parts, allowing greater torque to be transmitted without the problems known from the state of the art occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Publication number: 20140124530
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extracting fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A force indicator may indicate when a force exceeding a threshold value is applied to the needle during insertion and/or withdrawal of the needle from a cork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Coravin, LLC
    Inventor: Coravin, LLC
  • Patent number: 8714380
    Abstract: A reclosable opening device for a sealed package of a pourable food product includes a frame fitted about a pierceable portion of the package and defining a through pour opening; a removable threaded cap that screws onto the frame to close the pour opening; a tubular cutter engaging the pour opening and having a cutting device which cooperates with the pierceable portion to unseal the package; a first connector connecting the cap to the cutter, and which, as the cap is unscrewed, pushes the cutter towards the pierceable portion and a second connector connecting the frame to the cutter, and which, in use, feed the cutter along a predetermined piercing path through the pierceable portion in response to unscrewing of the cap; and the piercing path, as the cap is unscrewed, has a first portion of pure axial translation, followed by a second portion of both axial and rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holding & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Angelo Sorbara
  • Patent number: 8714175
    Abstract: A pressure relief system for depressurizing a bottled pressure vessel. In one embodiment, the system includes a pressure relief device having a hollow outer member coupled to a fluid port in the vessel and an inner member at least partially disposed in and movably supported by the outer member. The system may further include a rupture disk disposed in the port between the vessel interior and exterior. In operation, the outer member remains stationary while the inner member is advanceable therein towards the pressure vessel. In one embodiment, the inner member includes a piercing element which is projectable to penetrate the rupture disk and into the vessel interior through material deposits that may obstruct the fluid port thereby releasing captive pressure in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Separations, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Fetner, Rolf Schlake, Ernie Schlegel
  • Publication number: 20140117041
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly is adapted to dispense fluid from a container. The fluid dispensing assembly includes a manifold configured for receiving the container, a piercing member slidably coupled with the manifold, and a nozzle configured to be attached with the manifold, and to engage the piercing member and move the piercing member into piercing engagement with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert W. Springhorn
  • Publication number: 20140110432
    Abstract: The present invention relates to packaging combination for accommodating and dispensing a viscous or granular filling material. The packaging combination comprises a tubular casing having a first end and a second end, wherein the tubular casing is closed at its first as well as its second end by a closure means. The packaging combination further comprises a dispensing device having a passageway extending through the dispensing device with an inlet opening at its one end and a dispensing opening at its other end for guiding and dispensing the filling material in a dispensing direction, and being attached to the first end closed tubular casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Poly-Clip Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hanten, Frank Niedecker
  • Patent number: 8695851
    Abstract: A package, a fitment and method for dispensing a flowable material is disclosed. The package includes a hollow body formed of a flexible material and a fitment secured thereto. The fitment includes an outer gland and a plunger and overlies a frangible penetration zone in the hollow body of the package. The outer gland includes a passageway extending through it. The plunger has a cylindrical wall defining a hollow interior and a free end disposed within the passageway of the gland. The plunger is arranged to be moved along the passageway, so that its free end penetrates through the penetration zone into the interior of the package to provide an exit port for the material. The free end of the plunger also serves to hold portions of the walls of the package away from the exit port to prevent blockage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8695850
    Abstract: A tip arrangement for a bottle used for dispensing viscous liquid, such as drops of medicine, is provided. Embodiments include a tip insert having an insert body and a piercing point at a lower end of the insert body, for piercing a top surface of the bottle and for retaining the tip insert on the top surface of the bottle after piercing. A passage extends from a distal end of the piercing point, through the insert body, to an opposing upper surface of the insert body. A dispensing tip at the insert body upper surface communicates with the passage for precisely forming drops of the liquid from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Insite Vision Incorporated
    Inventors: Lyle Bowman, Surendra Patel
  • Publication number: 20140097199
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides valve assemblies arranged for penetrating a membrane on an outlet port of a container, such as an intermediate bulk container. In some aspects, the valve assembly comprises a moveable plunger with a membrane penetrating portion that, after the valve assembly has been coupled to the container, is selectively operable to penetrate the membrane of the container. Alternatively, the plunger may be configured to an extended configuration prior to attachment of the valve assembly to the container so that as the valve assembly is coupled to the container, the plunger penetrates the membrane of the container. Other arrangements and methods of using the same are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Lichstein