With Container-destroying Means Patents (Class 222/87)
  • Patent number: 8944107
    Abstract: An opening device for opening a closed fluid container comprises a housing having a first chamber (1) for receiving the fluid container (3) and a second chamber (2) having an outlet (13). A part (6) of the fluid container that can be separated is arranged in the second chamber. A rotary drum (8) is rotatably supported in the second chamber. Said drum can be rotated from a starting position into a separating position in which it separates the separable container part from the fluid container. The rotational axis of the rotary drum is disposed at an angle to the connecting axis between the first and second chambers. A system for mixing at least two components uses such an opening device and a mixing container (18) having a connecting piece (19), to which the opening device is removably connected to establish a fluid connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Medmix Systems AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, William Brem, Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 8684233
    Abstract: A fluid container unit including: a container coupling for coupling a supply/discharge port of a first container with a supply/discharge port of a second container; a single nozzle member having a nozzle tube; a connection cap having a first end for holding a base portion of the nozzle member and a second end for covering one side of the container coupling by fitting around an outer periphery thereof; an intermediate adaptor having a pair of pusher elements facing the first and the second supply/discharge ports, respectively; and a supply/discharge port opening mechanism for moving the intermediate adaptor toward the container coupling and opening the supply/discharge ports by the pusher elements. The pusher elements are movably held in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle tube in the connection cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Saraya Co., Ltd., Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Suguru Nishio, Kojiro Kotani, Ryo Inoue, Takayoshi Iwanami, Yoshiyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 8622244
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly includes a double cartridge having two storage containers with bags placed therein, a mixer that is connectable to the cartridge, and an opening device acting upon the bag. The opening device is arranged on the mixer housing and rotatable with respect to the cartridge and has a cutting member including two knife-edges that acts essentially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the bags within the cartridge. Due to the knife-edges being rotatable and arranged laterally with respect to the bags, the cutting member allows a clean and predetermined opening of the bags and a dispensing operation with minimum pressure losses and lost volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Medmix Systems AG
    Inventors: Rochus Stoeckli, Andy Greter, Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 8132959
    Abstract: A monomer handling unit for storing a ampoule of monomer and releasing the monomer from the ampoule when desired is provided. The monomer handling unit can be used to attach to an enclosed mixer and release a monomer component of the bone cement into the mixer to be mixed with a powder component of the bone cement. The monomer handling unit can also be used to release the liquid monomer into another mixer, such as one that is not enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Karen L. Smit
  • Patent number: 8100879
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector device suitable for connecting an enteral administration set to a laminated paper packaging system comprising enterally administrable medical or nutritional food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Blank, Jean Daniel Ginzburg, Jörg Heinzerling
  • Publication number: 20110108573
    Abstract: The dispensing assembly comprises a double cartridge having two storage containers with bags placed therein, a mixer that is connectable to the cartridge, and an opening means acting upon the bag. The opening means is arranged on the mixer housing and rotatable with respect to the cartridge and has a cutting member comprising two knife-edges that acts essentially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the bags within the cartridge. Thanks to the knife-edges that are rotatable and arranged laterally with respect to the bags, such a cutting member allows a clean and predetermined opening of the bags and a dispensing operation with minimum pressure losses and lost volumes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Rochus Stoeckli, Andy Greter, Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 7484641
    Abstract: A closable opening device having a frame defining a through hole and fitted about a pierceable portion of a sealed package for pourable food products; a removable threaded cap which screws onto the frame to close the hole; and a tubular cutting member screwed inside the hole and rotated by the cap to travel through the pierceable portion. The cutting member has an end cutting edge, in turn having a main blade, and a number of teeth located behind the main blade and decreasing gradually in height so as to act successively on the pierceable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • Publication number: 20080155893
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of extracting contents from sealed flexible containers using irrigation water, to a device for implementing same and to the container used. The inventive method essentially comprises the following steps: a) perforation of the container (1) with the closure of a container support (10); b) injection of irrigation water into the container (1) through the perforations thus produced; c) breakage of the container, by applying same against breaking means comprising projecting elements (16) that are disposed on the container support (10), such that the container (1) is subjected to the pressure of the irrigation water; and d) extraction of the soluble fertiliser (3) contained in the container (1) by means of the stream of irrigation water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Luz Ensenat De Carlos, Albert Infantes Mula, Ismael Castella Clerch
  • Patent number: 6889690
    Abstract: The present invention includes dry powder inhalers and associated multi-dose dry powder packages for holding inhalant formulated dry powder substances and associated fabrication and dispensing methods. The multi-dose package can include a platform body comprising at least one thin piezoelectric polymer material layer defining at least a portion of a plurality of spatially separated discrete elongate dry powder channels having an associated length, width and height; and a metallic material attached to selected portions of the piezoelectric polymer material including each of the regions corresponding to the elongate dry powder channels to, in operation, define active energy releasing vibratory channels. In operation, the elongate channels can be selectively individually activated to vibrate upon exposure to an electrical input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Oriel Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Crowder, Anthony J. Hickey, Jeffrey A. Warden
  • Patent number: 6719172
    Abstract: A dispenser for releasing a debilitating substance into a user's hand comprises an outer layer defining a cavity therein wherein the outer layer further defines a plurality of holes therethrough communicating the cavity with an exterior of said dispenser. At least one sharp projection extends from the outer layer into the cavity. A pouch is positioned within the cavity proximate to the at least one sharp projection wherein the pouch contains a debilitating substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Summithood Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Thomas Slewidge
  • Patent number: 6640998
    Abstract: A caulking gun having a hand-held trigger operating clamp with a blade mounted on the clamp whereby the clamp and the bar cooperate to cause a cartridge containing caulk to move axially against a fixed plunger mounted on the clamp and the blade servers the cartridge containing caulk to permit the plunger to be advanced the length of the cartridge containing caulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Albion Engineering Company
    Inventor: Thomas D. Kern
  • Patent number: 6585008
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for breaching and venting sealed inner containers disposed within a drum, where the drum is evacuated to created a pressure differential resulting in expansion and rupture of the inner containers. The temperature may also be reduced to below freezing in the drum to reduce the elasticity of the inner containers, and the drum may also be pressurized to implode and rupture the inner containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: UltraTech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Shaw, J. Tad Heyman, Laurence M. Bierce
  • Patent number: 6554465
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for efficient and clean handling of concrete admixtures that allows their incorporation into a concrete mixture in a pre-measured and controlled manner. The system provides a novel packaging system to be integrated into the admixture feed devices on a concrete batch mixing truck allowing transfer and incorporation of the admixture material to the concrete without additional handling by the operator. The present invention consists of a tubular package of heavy gauge cardboard or plastic material such as PVC with an easily removable light gauge cover on each end. The cover would be constructed of a material that could be easily displaced when installing the tube into the feeder section of the mixer. The tube is pre-loaded with any variety of clean pre-measured concrete admixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Robert Cruso
  • Publication number: 20010035427
    Abstract: A dispensing container includes container walls formed from a stiff deformable material to define a shell enclosing a chamber. A small dispensing opening provides access to the chamber. Optionally, the container has a separate fill opening. A protective cap covers the dispensing opening. Optionally, the cap forms an air pocket over the dispensing opening. In use, the cap is ruptured by tearing the cap or by applying pressure to the cap to burst the air pocket. The container may additionally include a thin film between the cap and the dispensing opening to prevent leakage when the cap is ruptured. The thin film is ruptured by applying pressure to the container contents by squeezing the container. Alternatively, a tooth is disposed between the cap and the film such that displacement of the cap causes the tooth to rupture the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Gary Mawby, Kenneth Kroll
  • Patent number: 6308748
    Abstract: A container access system and method for accessing the contents of a container within a sealed containment vessel. A preferred embodiment of the access system includes a sealable vessel for housing a container to be accessed, a remotely operated container valve actuator within the vessel, and a tapping assembly positioned within the containment vessel for accessing the contents of a target container. One or more fluid seals may be made with access mechanisms and the target container. An access mechanism capable of inserting a dip tube into the container to facilitate liquid removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern, John Carlson, Jim Prior
  • Patent number: 6237807
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dosing apparatus with a container having a charging hole for a refill bag with a liquid in the top part, and an outlet in the bottom part. An opening device for the refill bag is fitted above the outlet. A connector leads from the outlet to a downstream pump. A chamber with a level sensor is arranged underneath the reservoir. The reservoir and the chamber are configured so as to be liquid tight, for supplying the liquid without a refill bag. A dosing pump is integrated within the dosing apparatus. A dosing conduit leads from the pump to a point of usage outside the dosing apparatus, and a return conduit leads to the integrated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Henkel-Ecolab GmbH & Co.OHG
    Inventors: Stephan Uhl, Frank-Rainer Schuster, Dieter Buhrau, Juergen Kreyer, Heribert Lohwieser
  • Patent number: 6237808
    Abstract: In a method for emptying drums which are filled with solids and the lids of which have already been removed, the drum base is separated from the drum and the solids are forced out of the drum with the aid of a pressing body. An apparatus for emptying drums filled with solids has a cutting ring for removing the drum base. For the purpose of emptying the drum freed from the drum base and the rum lid, the apparatus has a pressing body which is in the form of a ram and, driven by hydraulic cylinders, can be displaced along the longitudinal axis in the direction of the cutting ring. A stop supports the drum against force acting in the direction of displacement while the solids are being forced out of the drum by the ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Von Roll Umwelttechnik AG
    Inventors: Peter C. Straub, Willi Heinrich
  • Patent number: 6234350
    Abstract: A device for removing liquid from a closed cavity, such as from a shock absorber of a motor vehicle, is proposed; the device compresses a drill, which is guided displaceably in a guide housing, a preloading device at one end of the guide housing for displacing the drill in the guide housing, an intermediate piece at the other end of the guide housing, the intermediate piece having a central bore for the drill bit to pass through and at least one fluid connection on the outer circumference for the removal of liquid, and compressing a gripping device, which is fitted to the device and fixes the latter to the wall of the cavity to be emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Josef Dagn
  • Patent number: 6227410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a package having a flexible wall and containing liquid products. The invention also relates to a method for manufacturing the package and a coupling therefor. A perforation mechanism (6) for making a hole in the flexible wall (3) is provided not to make a hole in the wall when an inner and an outer coupling device (4, 5) are interconnected but make a hole (7) in the flexible wall (3) after the interconnection of the inner and outer coupling devices (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Asept International AB
    Inventor: Leif Einar Stern
  • Patent number: 6164344
    Abstract: A container access system and method for accessing the contents of a container within a sealed containment vessel. A preferred embodiment of the access system includes a sealable vessel for housing a container to be accessed, a remotely operated container valve actuator within the vessel, and a tapping assembly positioned within the containment vessel for accessing the contents of a target container. One or more fluid seals may be made with access mechanisms and the target container. An access mechanism capable of inserting a dip tube into the container to facilitate liquid removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern, John Carlson, Jim Prior
  • Patent number: 6098845
    Abstract: A package has a flexible wall and contains liquid products. A perforator (6) for making a hole in the flexible wall (3) is provided and does not make a hole in said wall when an inner and an outer coupling device (4, 5) are interconnected but makes a hole (7) in the flexible wall (3) after the interconnection of the inner and outer coupling devices (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Asept International AB
    Inventor: Leif Einar Stern
  • Patent number: 6070762
    Abstract: A device (1) for emptying closed containers which are under pressure, especially fuel filters, which can be detachably fastened to the container, firmly seated thereon, and which has a drain channel with a drain opening, in which a drill (12) which can be actuated via a spindle drive (9) is arranged for drilling through the container wall (54). To break a vacuum generated during the emptying, a vent hole is created by a piercing spike (7) in the container wall (54) on the side opposite the drill (12). The piercing spike (7) is part of the entire device (1) and is used together with the drill (12) as a holding element for clampingly receiving the container during the drilling of the container by the drill (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Angelika Weibhaar
    Inventor: Horst Klann
  • Patent number: 6041506
    Abstract: A hole-forming device includes a pointed shaft which is raisable to a position facing a bottom of a can. The shaft is slidably supported on a support plate, with its lower end projecting downward below the support plate. With the hole-forming device mounted on the bottom of the can, and the bottom of the hole-forming device on a surface, such as a floor, a downward force on the can urges the pointed end of the shaft into the bottom of the can to safely puncture the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignees: Shin IWAO, Kabushiki Kaisha Iwazaki
    Inventor: Shin Iwao
  • Patent number: 5934511
    Abstract: A device for puncturing aerosol cans has an enclosure having an aerosol can receiving cavity therein, an aerosol can cradle, for supporting aerosol cans, mounted within the aerosol can receiving cavity, and an aerosol can puncturing mechanism mounted within the aerosol can receiving cavity. The aerosol can cradle and the aerosol can puncturing mechanism are mounted in sliding cooperation wherein a selectively rotatable cam member is selectively rotatable by rotation of a handle, rotatably mounted to the enclosure, in a first direction of rotation. Rotation of the handle in the first direction slidingly engages the aerosol cans held in the aerosol can cradle in puncturing engagement with the puncturing pins on the aerosol can puncturing mechanism. Rotation of the handle in a second direction, removes the puncturing mechanism from puncturing engagement from the cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Terance K. Ausmus
  • Patent number: 5918649
    Abstract: An aerosol can disposal apparatus having an inlet chute provided with a retractable puncturing member which punctures the side of the aerosol can and a waste container which receives the punctured aerosol can via the inlet chute. The waste container is lined with a removable refuse liner having placed therein an absorbing material for removing harmful ingredients from the evacuating contents of the punctured aerosol can. The waste container is dimensioned to accumulate therein a large number of aerosol cans before the need to remove the accumulated aerosol cans and replace the removable refuse liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: David G. Johse
  • Patent number: 5901759
    Abstract: A fluid recovery system and method for accessing the contents of a target container. A preferred embodiment of the fluid recovery system includes an auxiliary processing vessel for housing a container to be accessed, a cylinder rupture vessel for housing the auxiliary processing vessel, and a tapping assembly positioned within the cylinder rupture vessel for accessing the contents of a target container. One or more fluid seals may be formed. The use of the auxiliary processing vessel of the preferred embodiment provides an extra level of protection against exposure to the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignees: Earth Resources Corporation, Teledyne Brown Engineering
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern, David R. Childers
  • Patent number: 5832966
    Abstract: A drill assembly for penetrating a wall of a container is provided. The container is supported by a platform within a recovery vessel. The drilling assembly allows removal of a fluid from the container. The drilling assembly includes a tube for lining a first opening into the recovery vessel, as well as a first housing having an interior. A first adapter couples the housing to a first end of the tube to partially define a longitudinal bore. A shaft is rotatably disposed within the longitudinal bore. The shaft has one end for engagement with a drill bit with the other end for engagement with a motor. The drill bit is engaged to the shaft to penetrate the container wall, while the motor is engaged to the other end of the shaft. A first seal assembly forms a first fluid barrier between the interior and the longitudinal bore. Multiple seals may be formed between the first housing and the container. The container and the adapter may be integrally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern
  • Patent number: 5826631
    Abstract: A waste cylinder rupture vessel for release and recontainerization of toxic contents of compressed gas cylinders is defined by an enclosed chamber which accommodates a plurality of bearing surfaces for supporting and positioning a target cylinder thereon. A puncture spike disposed within the chamber is adapted to puncture the target cylinder at its mid-section, thereby releasing its contents. Connections are provided communicating with the enclosed chamber for evacuating and recontainerizing the contents released by a punctured cylinder without release of the contents into the environment. All of the cylinder processing operations may be provided remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Gold, Dan A. Nickens
  • Patent number: 5823236
    Abstract: An aerosol can puncturing machine comprising a lower housing section which is adapted to receive at least a portion of an aerosol can, and an upper housing section which is removably attachable to the lower housing section. The upper and lower housing sections fully encase the aerosol can when attached to each other. Connected to the lower housing section is a locking mechanism which is movable between an unlocked position wherein the upper housing section is detachable from the lower housing section, and a locked position wherein the upper housing section is maintained in locked engagement to the lower housing section. Also connected to the lower housing section is a puncturing mechanism which is operable to selectively puncture the aerosol can encased within the attached upper and lower housing sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Kirby, Glen Silva Abad, Ralph E. Jaffke
  • Patent number: 5819815
    Abstract: A drill assembly for penetrating a wall of a container is provided. The container is supported by a platform within a recovery vessel. The drilling assembly allows removal of a fluid from the container. The drilling assembly includes a tube for lining a first opening into the recovery vessel, as well as a first housing having an interior. A first adapter couples the housing to a first end of the tube to partially define a longitudinal bore. A shaft is rotatably disposed within the longitudinal bore. The shaft has one end for engagement with a drill bit with the other end for engagement with a motor. The drill bit is engaged to the shaft to penetrate the container wall, while the motor is engaged to the other end of the shaft. A first seal assembly forms a first fluid barrier between the interior and the longitudinal bore. Multiple seals may be formed between the first housing and the container. The container and the adapter may be integrally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern
  • Patent number: 5664610
    Abstract: A fluid recovery system and method for accessing the contents of a target container. A preferred embodiment of the fluid recovery system includes an auxiliary processing vessel for housing a container to be accessed, a cylinder rupture vessel for housing the auxiliary processing vessel, and a tapping assembly positioned within the cylinder rupture vessel for accessing the contents of a target container. One or more fluid seals may be formed. The use of the auxiliary processing vessel of the preferred embodiment provides an extra level of protection against exposure to the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern, David R. Childers
  • Patent number: 5628353
    Abstract: For the purpose of automatically drawing a liquid from a sealed glass ampoule the latter is held in a support in upright position with the ampoule bottom facing upwards, and the bottom is destroyed mechanically by inserting a withdrawing element. The liquid content of the ampoule is then sucked from a splinter-free zone of the glass ampoule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: AVL Medical Instruments AG
    Inventor: Horst Ruther
  • Patent number: 5615715
    Abstract: Pressurized containers are sorted into a certain repeated alignment and pushed in series through a controlled pressure chamber which is maintained at pressure lower than the pressure within the containers and is sealed against pressure leakage to the exterior as the containers are introduced and moved therethrough. Within the sealed chamber the containers are pierced and heated so that fluids in the pressurized containers exit into the sealed chamber for removal and recovery from the sealed chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Rainbow Recovery, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Yore
  • Patent number: 5613534
    Abstract: A drill assembly for penetrating a wall of a container is provided. The container is supported by a platform within a recovery vessel. The drilling assembly allows removal of a fluid from the container. The drilling assembly includes a tube for lining a first opening into the recovery vessel, as well as a first housing having an interior. A first adapter couples the housing to a first end of the tube to partially define a longitudinal bore. A shaft is rotatably disposed within the longitudinal bore. The shaft has one end for engagement with a drill bit with the other end for engagement with a motor. The drill bit is engaged to the shaft to penetrate the container wall, while the motor is engaged to the other end of the shaft. A first seal assembly forms a first fluid barrier between the interior and the longitudinal bore. Multiple seals may be formed between the first housing and the container. The container and the adapter may be integrally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern
  • Patent number: 5613533
    Abstract: A waste cylinder rupture vessel for release and recontainerization of toxic contents of compressed gas cylinders is defined by an enclosed chamber which accommodates a plurality of bearing surfaces for supporting and positioning a target cylinder thereon. A puncture spike disposed within the chamber is adapted to puncture the target cylinder at its mid-section, thereby releasing its contents. Connections are provided communicating with the enclosed chamber for evacuating and recontainerizing the contents released by a punctured cylinder without release of the contents into the environment. All of the cylinder processing operations may be provided remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventor: Dan A. Nickens
  • Patent number: 5613824
    Abstract: An automatic bag opening device includes a housing having a bag intake opening for receiving a filled shipping bag. A bag assist plate forms a chute, allowing the bag to slide down and rest on a bag rest. A hollow penetrator penetrates the bag to hold it in place while a bottom of the bag is cut. The bag rest moves away from the bottom of the bag, allowing the contents of the bag to spill out. An air blast through the penetrator helps the bag empty. Additional air blasts hit and shake the bag, knocking the contents loose. A bag pusher pushes the empty bag into a set of rollers, folding the empty bag in half, and discharging the bag outside the housing. A dust collector within the housing collects loose dust, thereby enhancing safety and cleanliness of the workplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Tsukasa Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumio Kato
  • Patent number: 5609189
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a drain by opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Block Drug Company Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5546995
    Abstract: A pressurized canister recycling apparatus is used to recycle contents of a plurality of pressurized canisters of varying length and diameter. The canisters are maintained in a hopper and released. The canisters are pushed into a canister piercing station where they are pierced while isolated from the outside environment. After being pierced and while still isolated from the outside environment, the canisters travel within an evacuation tank. The evacuated contents of the canisters are drawn away from the evacuation tank with filters recovering the active ingredients of the canisters and purifying the propellant. The propellant is then placed in a storage tank. The present invention is particularly useful for recycling medicinal Freon ingested into the body since the Freon recovered does not require additional purification before reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Larry W. Van Etten
  • Patent number: 5529097
    Abstract: An evacuator housing ( 14) of a gas tank evacuator (10) receives a gas tank (12). A valve seal of a movable seal head (34) and a puncture seal (66) of the evacuator housing are clamped onto the gas tank at opposite ends by a hollow threaded shaft (32) to form a sealed test space (58) exteriorly of the gas tank at a valve (22) and a sealed evacuation space (68) exteriorly of the gas tank at a puncture spot (24). A pressure gauge (60) coupled to the test space rides on the seal head and a valve actuator in the form of a rod (40), passes through the hollow threaded shaft into the sealed test space. A puncturing mechanism (18) punctures the gas tank at the puncture spot. The sealed evacuation space is positioned vertically below the puncture spot and communicates with a carbon filter positioned vertically above the evacuation space so as to form a U-shaped trap (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Michael C. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5499665
    Abstract: A waste cylinder rupture vessel for release and recontainerization of toxic contents of compressed gas cylinders is defined by an enclosed chamber which accommodates a plurality of bearing surfaces for supporting and positioning a target cylinder thereon. A puncture spike disposed within the chamber is adapted to puncture the target cylinder at its mid-section, thereby releasing its contents. Connections are provided communicating with the enclosed chamber for evacuating and recontainerizing the contents released by a punctured cylinder without release of the contents into the environment. All of the cylinder processing operations may be provided remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Gold, Dan A. Nickens
  • Patent number: 5456167
    Abstract: An apparatus for sequentially removing the top, puncturing the sides, simultaneously washing the interior and exterior of a drum and crushing the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventors: Brent C. George, Bruce F. Rieck, Kenneth Vairin
  • Patent number: 5441088
    Abstract: A liquified petroleum gas (LP gas) can recycling apparatus which includes a first compacting portion which safely evacuates the can for recovery of any residual gaseous product therefrom, then compacts the can, discharges the slug now compacted for collection; and a second gas treatment portion which collects the residual gas, repressurizes it and stores it in a repressurized gaseous state. The apparatus is preferably operated in an automated fashion by compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Aervoe-Pacific Company, Inc. Nevada
    Inventors: Paul J. O'Neill, Gary P. Wittig
  • Patent number: 5427157
    Abstract: A drill assembly (44) for penetrating a wall (85) of a container (14) is provided. The container (14) is supported by a platform (30) within a recovery vessel (12). The drilling assembly (44) allows removal of a fluid from the container (14). The drilling assembly (44) includes a tube (88) for lining a first opening (42) into the recovery vessel (12), as well as a first housing (90) having an interior (80). A first adapter (94) couples the housing (90) to a first end (89) of the tube (88) to partially define a longitudinal bore (82). A shaft (102) is rotatably disposed within the longitudinal bore (82). The shaft (102) has one end for engagement with a drill bit (84) with the other end for engagement with a motor (46). The drill bit (84) is engaged to the shaft (102) to penetrate the container wall (85 ), while the motor (46) is engaged to the other end of the shaft (102). A first seal assembly (98) forms a first fluid barrier between the interior (80) and the longitudinal bore (82).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Dan A. Nickens, Charles C. Mattern
  • Patent number: 5398738
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a drain by opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5392823
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a drain by unlocking and opening a container within a dispenser and dispensing drain cleaner from the container, through an outlet of the dispenser, and into the drain. The dispenser may have an upwardly extending pin for opening the container. Alternatively, the dispenser may have a cutter for opening an angled end of the container. In another alternative, the container may include a plug and a cooperating stem for opening the bottom of the container. A mechanism for locking the dispenser in an unused state is included in the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Block Drug Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Sternheimer, Anthony Delia
  • Patent number: 5385177
    Abstract: A method for recovering propellant from used aerosol cans which includes the steps of piercing the can; removing the mixture of residual propellant and fluid product from the can; collecting the mixture and then separating the propellant from the residual fluid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Paul J. O'Neil
  • Patent number: 5383498
    Abstract: A cylinder rupture vessel rotates the cylinder during the rupturing process by using at least one driven roller assembly supported on a plurality of bearing surfaces. A rupture mechanism punctures the container and, when used in combination with the roller assembly, the cylinder is cut into sections. The rupture mechanism may be a water laser, a milling tool, a plasma cutting tool, a lathe tool, or at least one cutting wheel. Relative movement between the rupture mechanism and the bearing surfaces is achieved by a plurality of actuators. Treatment or decontamination of contents may be performed in the cylinder rupture vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Earth Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Mattern, Dan A. Nickens
  • Patent number: 5365982
    Abstract: An aerosol can compacting apparatus which evacuates the can for recovery of any residual propellant and product, therefrom and then compacts the can discharges the slug now compacted for collection. The apparatus can be operated in an automated fashion and preferably by compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Aervoe-Pacific Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul J. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 5358376
    Abstract: The device for opening and emptying filled food cans comprises a conveyor path. Food cans are gripped in the conveyor path using semi-cylindrical clamping elements. In addition the cans are clamped on the end walls. Placed in the conveyor path is a knife for cutting through the can. Using the clamping elements on the end walls the can halves are turned over and emptied. The can halves are subsequently ejected into a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Hendrik van den Top
  • Patent number: 5343903
    Abstract: A liquid storage bag is provided. The bag has a passage extending through the liquid filled cavity. The bag is specially adapted for use with a transfer device which has a guide extending upwardly within a container, the guide merging at its lower end to a cutting blade. The passage thus facilitates positioning of the bag to a cutting position by lowering the bag into the container with the guide passing through the passage, whereupon the bag may be pulled upon the blade to cut open the bag and thereby allow the liquid to flow out within the container of the transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: D. Howard Winder