With Sleeve Or Rest For Container Cut Patents (Class 222/88)
  • Patent number: 10144022
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container for a pump dispenser, the container including: a body defining a chamber for storing a product and defining an opening at a first end of the chamber through which the product is dispensable from the chamber; and a protrusion extending from the body into the chamber at a second end of the chamber opposite from the first end of the chamber, the protrusion having a sharp distal end in the chamber. Also disclosed is a refill container including a body enveloping a cavity storing an oral, personal or home care composition, wherein the composition includes water in an amount of less than 98% by weight, based on a total weight of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Joseph Knorr
  • Patent number: 10086391
    Abstract: A pump dispenser, having a container with a body defining a chamber for storing a product and defining an opening at a first end of the chamber through which the product is dispensable, the body having a first surface at a second end of the chamber, opposite from the first end; a closure movable between a closed position where the closure blocks the opening and an open position where the opening is not blocked; a pump for pumping the product from the chamber; and a projection extending from the closure, the projection having a first portion extending from the closure and a second portion extending from the first portion, the first and second portions extending in different directions, the second portion having a second surface that faces and approaches the first surface of the body when the closure is moved from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Joseph Knorr
  • Patent number: 8950628
    Abstract: A through surface hybrid apparatus for dispensing a fluid either in an automatic mode or a manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Muderlak, Kenneth J. Muderlak
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8640919
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for extracting fluids from within a container sealed by a cork or septum without removal of the cork or septum or the contamination of the fluid within the container by reactive gases or liquids. Embodiments of the device can include a needle connected to a valve which is in turn connected to a source of pressurized gas for displacing the fluid. Further embodiments of the device can comprise additional components that act to force the needle to be inserted through the cork or septum along a linear path, to aid in preventing buckling of the needle, to clamp the device to the container, to prevent expulsion of the cork or septum from the container, and to guide the needle through a specified region of the cork or septum. Various valves, pressure regulators, pressure ranges, needle geometries, gas selections are also presented. This device is particularly suited for the dispensing and preservation of wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Coravin, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 8602072
    Abstract: A device facilitates the transfer of a substance from a container into a receptacle. The container has an opening sealed by a breachable seal. The device includes a connector for connection to the opening and a severing component. Either the connector or the severing component is movable with respect to the other to enable the severing component to breach the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ProMinent Fluid Controls Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Barry Faulkner
  • Patent number: 8550378
    Abstract: An automated sprayer for spraying the walls of a shower enclosure with a liquid cleanser dispenses the cleanser using a pumping system and rotatable spray head. The sprayer has a showerhead mountable housing with an adjustable hanger. There is a portion of the housing for supporting a bottle of cleanser in an inverted fashion. The bottle is vented through a piercing post. A single motor both drives the pump and rotates the spray head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Amber N. Mazooji, Terry M. Kovara, Peter M. Neumann, Michael W. Allen, Stephen D. Beverley, Paul M. Blankenship, Mark K. Romandy
  • Patent number: 8448819
    Abstract: A dispenser system comprising a reservoir, a closure device for controlling the flow of liquid from the reservoir, and a housing to which the reservoir is attached is disclosed. The reservoir is movable relative to the housing from a storage position in which the closure device prevents liquid flowing from the reservoir to a dispensing position in which the closure device allows liquid to flow from the reservoir. The housing comprises an activation device which on movement of the reservoir from the storage position to the dispensing position causes the closure device to allow the liquid to flow from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Atrium Innovation Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Bruce Pirrie, David Waterman
  • Patent number: 8372328
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening sealed packaging, including three parts, a pouring nozzle having a flange, a cylindrical cutting element and a screwcap. According to this invention, all three parts of the apparatus are produced in one piece as a semi-finished product. The teeth of the cutting element protrude into the pouring nozzle, while the screwcap is held on the flat edge of the cutting element. The three parts are connected to one another via predetermined breaking point bridges. This invention reduces the production costs and simplifies the assembly and the systems which are required for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Deltona Innovations AG
    Inventor: Werner Fritz Dubach
  • Publication number: 20120261360
    Abstract: Apparatus for opening a can comprising a first handle and a second handle, the first and second handles being pivotally connected to one another at their distal ends; a first partial can enclosure element attached to the first handle and a second partial can enclosure element attached to the second handle, wherein when the first and second handles are brought together, the first and second partial can enclosure elements create a cavity sized to fully enclose a can; a can cutting mechanism having a first portion mounted to the first handle and a second portion mounted to the second handle, wherein the first portion of the cutting mechanism and the second portion of the cutting mechanism are configured so that when the first and second handles are brought together so as to enclose a can disposed in the cavity, the can cutting mechanism engages the can for cutting the can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Craig Souza
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7789269
    Abstract: A fitment for package holding a liquid and a package including such a fitment. The fitment is a metering dispensing valve arranged to be secured to a flexible bag for selectively dispensing a metered quantity of the liquid therefrom. It includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member which when actuated pierces through the bag to enable a metered amount of the liquid to be drawn into a reservoir in the bulb. The bulb can then be compressed to dispense the metered amount of liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing valve also includes a inlet valve to the reservoir and an outlet valve from the reservoir. The fitment may include a pair of barriers to enable it to be sterilized before being secured to the bag form an aseptic package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Patent number: 7748570
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus adapted for use in a refrigerator, which may comprise, inter alia, a beverage-dispensing nozzle, a perforated beverage container drain nozzle connected to the beverage-dispensing piping, an electronically actuated valve means, a beverage container holder, a thermal insulating chamber surrounding the beverage container holder, an access door for selectively providing access to the chamber, and a safety interlock switch on the access door, and electronic beverage dispenser control means and devices connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: David Bordino
  • Publication number: 20100155420
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a dispensing system for an automated cleaning device. The dispensing system may be operable to deliver a cleaning agent to an automated cleaning station to clean at least a portion of an appendage of a user. The dispensing system includes a receiver component and a bottle that are adapted to be interconnected to the automated cleaning station. The receiver is adapted to accommodate a specific bottle in order to ensure and verify that the proper cleaning agent is being used with the cleaning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: RESURGENT HEALTH & MEDICAL,LLC
    Inventors: James M. Glenn, Kathy Lockridge, Paul R. Barnhill, Jeff Heng
  • Patent number: 7708164
    Abstract: A fitment for package holding a liquid and a package including such a fitment. The fitment is a metering dispensing valve arranged to be secured to a flexible bag for selectively dispensing a metered quantity of the liquid therefrom. It includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member which when actuated pierces through the bag to enable a metered amount of the liquid to be drawn into a reservoir in the bulb. The bulb can then be compressed to dispense the metered amount of liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing valve also includes a inlet valve to the reservoir and an outlet valve from the reservoir. The fitment may include a pair of barriers to enable it to be sterilized before being secured to the bag form an aseptic package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20090294473
    Abstract: A canned beverage opener that is both functional and enjoyable to use. A rotating carousel containing several unopened beverage cans and ice is mounted to a base, with an inclined top. A drinking vessel is placed inside the base. When a consumer pulls on a handle, the canned beverage is opened by depressing the can's pop top, and the contents of the can are emptied into the vessel, thus simulating the tapping of a keg. Vent holes may be created in the cans by depressing a sharp tipped plunger mounted to the cover of the carousel. To open additional cans, the entire carousel may be rotated about a central shaft. Once all of the cans are empty, the consumer may remove the cover and replace the empty cans with unopened cans, and refill the ice if necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Steven J. Frey
  • Patent number: 7552845
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing fine particulate matter from a flexible container includes a housing with a first open end and an opposed closed end. A nozzle is attached to the closed end extending into the housing. The nozzle has a passageway extending therethrough and a first end puncturing a wall of the container and enabling the first member to penetrate the container. A pump member is disposed transversely to the nozzle and includes a passageway having a venturi and a venturi throat disposed adjacent a first end. The second end receives a supply of fluid under pressure. A vent is attached to the cover and has one end puncturing and penetrating the wall of the container. Supply of fluid under pressure forms a pressure differential between opposite ends of the container and enables the fine particulate matter to enter the first and second passage for mixing with the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Natan Guryevskiy
  • Patent number: 7452350
    Abstract: A liquid oral medication dispensing system made up of an ampule configured to hold a pre-measured quantity of the selected medication and to dispense that quantity of oral medication through an opening in the ampule formed by a puncturing device. This dispensing system provides a system for storing and delivering oral medications that can be utilized in a broad variety of circumstances by individuals with little or no medical training and provides safe, effective use of the medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Rourke M. Yeakley
  • Publication number: 20080277415
    Abstract: A dispenser system comprising a reservoir, a closure device for controlling the flow of liquid from the reservoir, and a housing to which the reservoir is attached is disclosed. The reservoir is movable relative to the housing from a storage position in which the closure device prevents liquid flowing from the reservoir to a dispensing position in which the closure device allows liquid to flow from the reservoir. The housing comprises an activation device which on movement of the reservoir from the storage position to the dispensing position causes the closure device to allow the liquid to flow from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Alastair Bruce Pirrie, David Waterman
  • Patent number: 7165700
    Abstract: A portable water cooler is designed to accept the placement of bagged fluid therein, leading to the connection of the bag of fluid to a fluid flow pathway, thereby allowing the fluid to be dispensed in a manner such that the fluid is segregated from the internal surfaces of the cooler. The portable water cooler generally includes an internal spike and external spigot through which fluid may flow. Systems and method for dispensing bagged fluid from such a cooler, including various multi-bag systems and methods allowing for improved thermal control of fluids being dispensed, as well as increased selection of fluids dispensed from the same portable water cooler provide a high level of convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventors: Henry Macler, Jeffrey Macler, Steven Avery
  • Patent number: 6953069
    Abstract: A system for dispensing flowable materials from a package. The system basically comprises the package and a receiver apparatus. The receiver apparatus includes a hollow interior chamber, e.g., a hopper, a penetrating assembly e.g., plural blades, fixedly mounted with respect to the chamber, and an outlet. The package, e.g., a flexible package, has a handle and a hollow interior in which the flowable material is located and includes at least one wall portion, e.g., a bottom wall, arranged to be penetrated by the penetrating assembly, whereupon the flowable material is enabled to flow out of the package for ultimate dispensing out of an outlet of the chamber. The flexible package may include an outer carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Galomb
  • Patent number: 6874657
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a bilogical sealant and a dispensing system for dispensing the biological sealant are described. The dispensing system comprises a dispenser and a plurality of cartridge for delivering a biological sealant to an application site. The sealant is presented as a multi-component liquid sealant, with each component contained in a cartridge comprising a tubular body closed at one end with a pierceable seal and closed at the other end by a piston element movable axially within the tubular body. The dispenser coprises a plurality of recesses to receive respective cartridges containing the components of the sealant. Each recess includes means to establish a fluid connection with the cartridge placed within the recess. The dispenser further comprises means for engaging the piston elements of the cartridges to move the piston element axially so as to expel the sealant components. Ducting within the dispenser leads the sealant components to a dispensing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: ZLB Behring GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert J. Metzner, Stewart Madison Fox
  • Patent number: 6779880
    Abstract: An ink cartridge insertion/extraction mechanism includes a cover pivotally mounted to the housing of the ink cartridge holder. A pair of links are pivotally mounted to the cover and extend into the ink cartridge holder. The bottom of each link is provided with a boss that extends into the ink cartridge holder that contacts the bottom of ink cartridge. As the cover is rotated closed, a pushing rib on the cover contacts the top of the ink cartridge and pushes the ink cartridge further into the holder, causing the needles to puncture the septum of the ink cartridge. To extract the ink cartridge, the cover is rotated from the closed position to the open position, lifting the links until the bosses at the bottom end contact the bottom of the ink cartridge and lift the ink cartridge off of the needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Walter J. Kulpa, Edward O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6758372
    Abstract: With soap and cleansing foam dispensers, there is a risk that they may be equipped with supply containers of unsuitable liquid or that their intermediate containers may become contaminated. According to the invention, an adapter (8) that is mounted on an intermediate container (6) has a coded cylindrical jacket (10), into which coded parts (4,5) that are positioned on the neck of a suitable supply container (2) can be fitted. To prevent the contamination of the intermediate container (6), the latter has a spring-loaded internal sealing plug (50) which ensures the hygienic sealing of the container even prior to use and when the supply container is changed. To prevent interruptions in the operation, a reliable fill-level indicator (22) is provided. The device thus ensures improved, hygienic dispensing of soap-solution in dispensers (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: HTS International Trading AG
    Inventors: Hans-Jörg Studer, Markus Ehrensperger
  • Publication number: 20040118867
    Abstract: A beverage continer is described for use in a beverage dispenser having a beverage feed tube pin (52). The beverage container (1) has a wall (2) with an outer surface and an inner surface (2b) and which defines an inner chamber (3). An opening (4) is formed through the wall providing access to the inner chamber and is sized to permit the feed tube pin (52) to extend therethrough. The opening includes a seal (6) therein to substantially seal the opening against passage therethrough of liquid. The seal is selected to pass over the feed tube pin and substantially seal against passage of fluid through the interface between the opening and the feed tube pin. The seal is further selected to maintain its substantially sealing position in the opening as the feed tube pin (52) is removed therefrom. The container further includes an openable area (7) on the container, which is selectively openable to permit a passage of air therethrough into the inner chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Cameron A Cote
  • Patent number: 6712240
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved structure of a piercing drain device used on a sealed chamber mainly comprising a first component, a second component, a piercing component, a first arc pad and a second arc pad. Because the first component and the second component are pivoted on their end portion, increasing the force arm, the force of clamping is then increased to improve the gastight. Without any pad or only with the first arc pad or with both the first and the second arc pad, the improved structure is used on three different sizes sealed chamber, and has wide range utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Hsueh Chin Chang
  • Patent number: 6672477
    Abstract: A medical apparatus for draining bodily fluid from a container, such as a suction canister. The medical apparatus can include a support area and a drainage reservoir having an inlet in communication with the support area and an outlet in communication with a drain. The drainage reservoir can collect the bodily fluid from the container before the bodily fluid flows into the drain. Some embodiments of the medical apparatus include a drainage conduit or a drainage pipe. In some embodiments, the drainage reservoir is constructed of a transparent material. The medical apparatus can include a venturi valve and, in some embodiments, the water passing through the venturi valve remains separate from the bodily fluid until the water and the bodily fluid reach the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark Miller, Michael C. Hollen, Joseph M. Hand, Barry G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6644509
    Abstract: The film packing for a pasty substance comprises a film tube bag (12) having a peripheral wall (14) and two ends (16), and a cover portion (22) fastened to one of the two ends (16) of the film tube bag (12). The cover portion (22) comprises an end face (24) having a passage opening (32) for the passage of pasty substance from the opened film tube bag (12), a peripheral face (26) joining the end face (24), and a sealing element (52) abutting to a receiving headpiece (36) attachable to the end (16) of the film tube bag (12) carrying the cover portion (22), which receiving headpiece surrounds at least the end and peripheral faces (24,26) of the cover portion (22) and comprises an outlet piece (44) which is in fluid connection with the passage opening (32) of the cover portion (22) when the receiving headpiece is attached (36). The sealing element (52) is arranged on the peripheral face of the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Bublewitz, Matthias Suchan
  • 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: 6626332
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser for foamable liquids which has been improved with regard to the aspects of hygiene and reliability. According to the method, in addition to the pneumatic and hydraulic parts of the dispenser having a configuration which is to a great extent isolated from the external atmosphere, said dispenser has an air chamber (82) which subjects a nozzle/expansion body (74) first to an excess pressure and then to a negative pressure during the return stroke (HB) of an air piston (42) via a lateral bore (89). As a result, the outlet (80) is first cleared and any remaining foam in the nozzle/expansion body (74) is subsequently removed by suction and coagulated into soap solution. During the next working stroke, this minimal quantity of soap-solution is foamed again and expelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: HTS International Trading AG
    Inventors: Markus Ehrensperger, Hans-Jörg Studer
  • Publication number: 20030071058
    Abstract: With soap and cleansing foam dispensers, there is a risk that they may be equipped with supply containers of unsuitable liquid or that their intermediate containers may become contaminated. According to the invention, an adapter (8) that is mounted on an intermediate container (6) has a coded cylindrical jacket (10), into which coded parts (4,5) that are positioned on the neck of a suitable supply container (2) can be fitted. To prevent the contamination of the intermediate container (6), the latter has a spring-loaded internal sealing plug (50) which ensures the hygienic sealing of said container even prior to use and when the supply container is changed. To prevent interruptions in the operation, a reliable fill-level indicator (22) is provided. The device thus ensures improved, hygienic dispensing of soap-solution in dispensers (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Hans Jorg Studer, Markus Ehrensperger
  • Patent number: 6546969
    Abstract: A sugar dispensing apparatus for conveniently storing and dispensing sugar to selected beverage containers. The sugar dispensing apparatus includes a housing assembly including a housing having front, back, side, bottom, and top walls, and an opening in said top wall, and also including a lid being removably disposed over the opening in the top wall of the housing; and also includes a hopper assembly including a hopper being securely disposed in the housing and having at least one sugar dispensing port; and further includes a shelf being securely mounted upon the hopper in the housing and having a plurality of holes being spaced about and being disposed therethrough and being adapted to allow sugar to enter said hopper; and also includes a bag-breaking member being securely disposed upon the shelf for breaking a bag containing sugar; and further includes an assembly for dispensing sugar from the hopper through at least one sugar dispensing port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Raymond C. Kelley, II
  • Patent number: 6405943
    Abstract: A tool for removing water from a window frame for using forced air to remove water from behind a false window frame. The tool for removing water from a window frame includes a tubular member. The tubular member is elongate and has a first end and a second end. Each of the first. and second ends is open. An intermediate wall is positioned between the first and second ends. The intermediate wall has a plurality of holes extending therethrough. A spike is securely attached to the intermediate wall and has a pointed end extending towards the first end of the tubular member. A canister for holding a pressurized gas is positionable in. the cylinder such that the spike may puncture the canister. A valve is securely mounted in the tubular member and positioned between the intermediate wall and the second end of the tubular member. An actuating member actuates the valve such that gas from the canister may flow outward of the second end of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: John Stadnyk
  • Patent number: 6352183
    Abstract: An undersink water delivery system that includes a housing for holding a container of water and a pump for delivering water to an air gap type faucet. The housing includes a pivotally mounted access door that assists a user in loading a container of water. The access door includes a water delivery coupling that is connected to the pump to deliver water from the container to the faucet. To load a container of water the access door is pivoted to the open position and a container of water is slid into a cradle formed in the access door until the neck of the bottle engages the water delivery coupling. The access door is pivoted upwardly (including the container of water) into the closed position. The access door thereby functions as a lever assisting a user in loading a container of water into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Great Spring Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Kristiansen, Edward H. Meisner
  • Patent number: 6305576
    Abstract: A container, cartridge and method for holding, dispensing and mixing a fluid material comprised of at least two component fluids in an aseptic manner. A cartridge includes a cartridge body for holding one component fluid and having first and second ends. A seal is affixed to the first end of the cartridge body and a movable portion is sealed to the second end of the cartridge body. A movable member is fully disposed within the cartridge body and aseptically sealed between the first and second ends. The movable member may be moved in response to movement of the movable portion at the second end such that the movable member breaks the seal and the fluid material is thereby dispensed from the first end. This allows a fluid component, such as a concentrate, to be readily mixed with another fluid, such as water, under aseptic conditions and immediately contained within an aseptic environment of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Nalge Nunc International Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Leoncavallo
  • Patent number: 6290428
    Abstract: A machine for dispensing a sealing compound to an area of application and a method of sealing cracks in pavement is provided. The machine includes a frame structure, a disposable container removably mounted to the frame structure, a discharge tube member rupturing the opening in the bottom of the container, and a controllable valve in the discharge tube member to control the flow of the sealing compound from the disposable container to the area of the application. The frame structure may support a blower to clean the crack and supports a squeegee member mounted to a box member into which the sealing compound is received from the discharge tube member, to evenly spread the sealing compound within the crack and in the nearmost areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventors: Allen M. Hall, Craig A. Hall, Steven M. Hall
  • Patent number: 6280025
    Abstract: A pocket assembly for use in an ink jet printer included in a mailing machine. The pocket assembly is adapted to receive an ink cartridge and includes: a housing defining a pocket for receiving the ink cartridge, a needle, a door and a door mechanism. The housing has an open end and a closed end and includes a recess extending away from the pocket. The needle is mounted to the housing closed end and protrudes into the pocket. The door is movably mounted to the housing and is located within the pocket. The door mechanism is operatively coupled with door for repositioning the door between a closed position blocking access to the needle and an open position allowing access to the needle. The door is seated in the recess when in the closed position so that the door is less likely to be manually repositioned to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Beckstrom, Akehiro Ono
  • 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: 6152327
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a product solution includes a container for a product solution, the container having a top end, the top end including a top end, the top end including a first opening, a continuous septum extending over the first opening, and a second opening, a microporous, hydrophobic membrane extending across the second opening. The device also includes a receptacle for receiving the container in an inverted condition, the receptacle including a seat portion for receiving the top end of the container, the seat portion including an upwardly extending, hollow piercing device capable of piercing the septum. The device also includes a pump for withdrawing product from the container through the piercing device. A method for dispensing a product solution is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: AmeriClean Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Rhine, Griffith D. Crammond, Edward J. Seidl, Sylvester Holston, III
  • Patent number: 6105638
    Abstract: A dispensing system and method of dispensing utilize a container housing a concentrated product which is filled with a diluent to form a use dilution, then is subsequently installed into a dispenser having means for automatically opening the container to (give the dispenser access to the use dilution. The container includes a cap disposed thereon with a pierceable member that permits access to the interior cavity of the container when pierced. The cap is removable to permit the container to be filled with a diluent prior to installation in the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Maitland R. Edwards, Dale W. Groth, Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 6070761
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a vial-loading mechanism for a system that prepares and delivers one or more IV drugs to a patient. The vial-loading mechanism is used to load a vial onto a cassette spike and includes a vertical support member located adjacent to the spike. A holding assembly holds at least one vial. The holding assembly is mounted to the support member so as to be positionable between an upper position for loading a vial and a lower position for piercing the vial with a spike. The holding assembly has an arcuate-shaped holding member for holding the vial. A catch is provided with an engagement unit for securing the holding assembly in the lower position. This arrangement provides an easy way to add, retain, and remove vials from the system and protects the clinicians that do this from contacting the spikes and hurting themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Deka Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Nicole D. Bloom, Dean L. Kamen, Richard Lanigan, Charles M. Grinnell, Kevin Grant
  • Patent number: 6053363
    Abstract: An assembly (1) for packaging and dispensing a product includes a reservoir (20) containing a product, and an external casing (2) on which is mounted a pump. The external casing (2) being capable of receiving said reservoir (20) through an opening (4) made in the bottom of the casing. The casing (2) includes a fastener portion for interacting with a corresponding fastener portion of the reservoir so as to effect reversible fastening of the reservoir (20) in the external casing (2) and to maintain the communication of the pump (16) with the reservoir through an opening of the reservoir. According to the invention, the external casing (2) has, in the vicinity of its bottom, at least one cutout (33) capable of assisting the removal of the reservoir (20), in particular for the purpose of replacing the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Christian Revenu
  • Patent number: 6026988
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser for use with a disposable liquid supply container includes valve means for regulating the flow of liquid from the dispenser, support means for holding the container in a loaded position generally elevated above the valve means, a tapping stem for communicating the interior of the container with the valve means absent any liquid storage reservoir other than the container, means for holding the stem in a fixed position for piercing and sealingly engaging the container, and means for controlling the temperature of the liquid stored in the container when the container is in the loaded position. The stem includes a generally elongated body having a piercing end, a discharge end and sealing means for sealingly engaging the container. The stem body includes a passage extending therethrough in communication with the valve means having an intake passage and a discharge passage alligned generally along separate parallel axes and dimensioned to intersect each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: CreaMiser Products Corporation
    Inventors: Charles F. Teetsel, III, Timothy J. Horwath
  • Patent number: 6012649
    Abstract: A lawn chemical distribution system that includes a housing with a protective cover and with an interior that includes numerous canister receiving cavities with canister piercing elements located at the bottom of each cavity which pierces the bottom of a chemical canister inserted therein. The canisters are secured together with a resilient harness that allows all the canisters to be replaced in the receiving cavities in a single motion and also allows a user to replace a single canister if desired. The multiple canisters contain either fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, or combinations thereof and may be activated by in line valves located within the system to add any of the chemicals contained within the canisters, in a metered amount, to an irrigation system that conveniently distributes the chemicals on a lawn or garden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventors: Richard C. Riddell, Dorei G. Riddell
  • Patent number: 6012610
    Abstract: A device for emptying a film tube 15 containing a pasty substance comprises a cap structure 11 including a transverse wall 12 supporting the front of the tube, a cylindrical flange 13 formed on the wall for receiving the front end of the tube, and a dispensing pipe 17. The pipe 17 extends from a recess 16 formed in the wall 12 and having an at least partially circular-cylindrical shape, with a spike 18 being integrally formed at the center of the recess and extending parallel to the axis of the tube. The tip 19 of the spike is retracted from the plane of the wall 12. When dispensing pressure is exerted on the tube 15, the portion of the tube film overlying the recess 16 will bulge into the recess, until its central part is scratched by the tip 19 of the spike and thus caused to burst. The content of the tube can then flow into the recess 16 surrounding the spike 18 and out through the pipe 17.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Thera Patent GmbH & Co. KG Gesellschaft fur Industrielle Schutzrechte
    Inventors: Helmut Pauser, Gerd Brandhorst, Klaus Hammen, Wolf-Dietrich Herold
  • Patent number: 5961011
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fitment for insertion into the neck of a container for liquid concentrate that can be opened by insertion of the container into a reservoir. The fitment comprises a substantially cylindrical body comprising an exterior mating surface that can sealingly engage the container and an internal web within the cylindrical body closing the fitment having a fracture zone permitting opening the fitment. The web also comprises a hinged fracture zone defined by a straight hinge portion and a partially circular recess in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Thomas, Daniel K. Boche, John E. McCall, Jr., Eric R. Balz, Elizabeth J. Gladfelter, Daniel E. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 5960992
    Abstract: A brick type container, particularly adapted for aseptic packaging of product such as potable liquids, is formed having optimum dimensions and location of a pour spout fitment thereon. The dimensions of the pour spout components are chosen for optimum performance. The top of the container carries a dispensing opening covered by a severable or frangible extrusion coating or other type of membrane. The fitment is applied to the container by applying it while the container is encased in a pocket on a conveyor, the pocket sides being rigid. The fitment includes a hollow cutter having cutting teeth on its lower periphery, the cutter also functioning as part of a pour spout. The toothed end of the cutter severs the membrane to permit dispensing of product from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Linda A. Bernstein, Robert L. Gordon
  • Patent number: 5950696
    Abstract: A dispenser device for facilitating the gravity pouring of liquids from a necked container having an impervious sealing sheet over its opening, into a receptacle chamber, such as typically utilized on conventional containers for internal combustion engine lubricants, the device comprising a lower section having a centered, upwardly projecting wedge shaped protrusion terminating in a point adapted to pierce the sealing sheet when the container opening is passed onto the point, and an upper section formed so as to be seatably engaged on and within an opening to the chamber through which the liquid is to be poured, while maintaining the point in a somewhat centered position with respect to the opening and within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventors: Yves R. Barsalou, Michel M. Gauthier
  • Patent number: 5950871
    Abstract: A pump spray dispenser is provided with a squeezable container normally biased to an expanded condition and defining a gas discharge opening. A housing is connected to the container. In one embodiment of the dispenser, a mixing chamber is defined in a housing and communicates with the container. A cartridge holder is defined by the housing for receiving a cartridge that contains a fluid product and that has an openable seal. A fluid product transfer passage establishes communication between the mixing chamber and cartridge when the seal is opened. A spray dispensing orifice is defined in the housing for discharging a spray mixture of the fluid product and gas from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Valois S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier de Pous, Jean-Philippe Lamboux
  • 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