Including Pressurized Reservoir (e.g., Aersol) Patents (Class 401/190)
  • Patent number: 9498043
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator whose application part has an arithmetic average surface roughness Ra of 10 ?m or less is provided, based on a study of the surface roughness of the application part of the cosmetic applicator, to further reduce the amount of cosmetic material accumulating on the surface of the application part, and to more reliably release onto the skin surface the cosmetic material that has been picked up onto the surface of the application part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TAIKI CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Muneto Nishimura, Yuko Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9156175
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing cartridge for a personal care appliance with a fluid applicator having a baffle with a rear wall and an opposing resilient front flap. The baffle defines at least one outlet port. The resilient front flap contacts a portion of the rear wall in a first position and is spaced apart from the portion in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Kevin James Wain
  • Publication number: 20150139713
    Abstract: A system for applying chemical liquid protectant to tires which has an applicator with a foam pad for mating with the tire and a foam support structure for mating with the foam pad, where the foam pad has a quick connection to a source of pressurized chemical liquid protectant; the system having a nozzle for dispensing chemical liquid protectant into an area central to the foam pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Rick L. Waddell
  • Patent number: 8939668
    Abstract: A system for applying chemical liquid protectant to tires which has an applicator with a foam pad for mating with the tire and a foam support structure for mating with the foam pad, where the foam pad has a quick connection to a source of pressurized chemical liquid protectant; the system having a nozzle for dispensing chemical liquid protectant into an area central to the foam pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Rick L. Waddell
  • Publication number: 20140270898
    Abstract: An applicator configured for operative engagement with pressurized fluid stream from a spray bottle is provided. The applicator attaches to an engagement component having a passage communicating between a first end configured for engagement with the nozzle of the spray bottle. The applicators can be provided as a kit of different applicators each operatively engageable with the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kassara Sukul
  • Publication number: 20140199110
    Abstract: A system for applying chemical liquid protectant to tires which has an applicator with a foam pad for mating with the tire and a foam support structure for mating with the foam pad, where the foam pad has a quick connection to a source of pressurized chemical liquid protectant; the system having a nozzle for dispensing chemical liquid protectant into an area central to the foam pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Rick L. Waddell
  • Publication number: 20140072361
    Abstract: A brush cap assembly for cleaning has a first cylindrical portion, a second portion having an inclined surface extending from the first portion, a plurality of holes formed in the inclined surface, and a plurality of bristles extending from the inclined surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Raffi Nalbandian
  • Patent number: 8657516
    Abstract: A surface treating implement, comprises a body including:— a container receiver; a nozzle assembly comprising a fluid conduit fluidly connected to the container receiver; a container mounted to the container receiver, containing a predetermined amount of a treating composition and having a dispensing opening in fluid communication with the fluid conduit; wherein the body is associated with a handle which includes at least a portion of an activation means for the implement, characterized in that the fluid conduit includes a valve, wherein the valve is operable by a container member attached to and/or extending from the container, adjacent the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventors: Alessandro Cagnina, Giuseppe DiBono, Tangent Lu
  • Patent number: 8641309
    Abstract: A surface treating implement (10) according to the invention comprises a body (14) comprising a container receiver (36) and a nozzle assembly (26) comprising a fluid conduit fluidly (72) connected to the container receiver (36). At least one container (16) is selectively mounted to the container receiver (36) and contains a predetermined amount of a treating composition and has a dispensing opening (102) in fluid communication with the fluid conduit (72). A handle (12) is associated with the body (14). The nozzle assembly (26) is mounted to the body (14) for selective displacement a predetermined distance to release the treating composition from the container (16) through the fluid conduit (72) and onto a surface to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Perry, Herbert J. Vanderbilt, Kevin Haley, Donald J. Mahaffy, Justin Benacquisto, Kelli A. Cain, Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz, James A. Krzeminski
  • Patent number: 8579530
    Abstract: Aerosol System comprising at least two aerosol containers for separately keeping different substances, wherein each aerosol container has a valve portion; and a head portion containing a channel system and an exhaust opening, where the channel system provides communication between at least one of the valve portions and the exhaust opening; characterized in that the head portion or parts of the head portion are movable in respect to at least one aerosol container, such that the channel system can take different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: KAO Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Sebastian Krauss
  • Publication number: 20130294809
    Abstract: A cleaning utensil comprising a body having a first end, a second end and an interior cavity. A cap secured to the first end of the body and forming a water-tight seal against the body. A nozzle disposed on the cap, wherein the nozzle is configured to dispense a fluid that is stored in the interior cavity of the body. A grip attached to the second end of the body. A fabric head attached to the grip, the fabric heading including a mechanism to secure a fabric layer to the fabric head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Phillip S. Eggers, Matthew M. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 8475070
    Abstract: A cleaning implement comprises a cleaning body assembly, a trigger assembly, at least one aerosol-cleaning container, a brush assembly, and a squeegee assembly whereby fluid from the cleaning container is dispensed by the trigger assembly. In one embodiment, the squeegee assembly is rotatably mounted to the cleaning body assembly. In another embodiment, the squeegee assembly is removably mounted to the cleaning body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Miner, Sue A. Potter, Eric J. Hansen, Romaneerat Nemcek, Joseph P. Perry
  • Publication number: 20120192894
    Abstract: A hand-held tool for applying a solution to grouted tile surfaces includes a container, a cap assembly, a head assembly and an applicator body. The container contains the solution and provides an exit port. The cap assembly is coupled to the container and forms a conduit fluidly open to the exit port. The head assembly is rotatably coupled to the cap assembly and defines a support face. An aperture is fluidly connected to the support face and the conduit. The applicator body is retained by the support face and forms a perimeter defining a major dimension greater than a minor dimension. Solution is delivered from the exit port to the applicator body by a pathway including the conduit and the aperture, with the pathway remaining open as the applicator body is rotated relative to the container. The tool can be especially useful with stone or porous tile surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Brian A. KUBICEK
  • Patent number: 8217091
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a patch including a micro fiber glass and a polymeric binder, where the mixture forms an in situ porous patch that allows for active filtration after application to a leak or hole in an air filter. The mixture can be pressurized with a propellant within a housing prior to application to a leak or hole in an air filter. The mixture can also be applied manually to a leak or hole in an air filter, without the need to be pressurized with a propellant within a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: R. Vijayakumar
  • Patent number: 8029206
    Abstract: A pole apparatus for supporting and operating the push button of a spray can. The apparatus includes an elongated pole having a base end and a top end, a body member mounted at the top end of the pole, means for supporting the spray can from the body member, an actuation slide supported by the body member and including an actuation tab for engagement with the push button of the spray can, a biasing member for biasing the actuation slide to an un-actuated position and a cord that extends between the base and top ends of the pole for operating the slide member. The cord is operable by manually engaging the cord and moving the cord orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the pole to move the slide member so that the actuation tab operates the spray can push button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Charles McCarthy
  • Patent number: 7968070
    Abstract: Process for the production of a metal oxide powder having a BET surface area of at least 20 m2/g by reacting an aerosol with oxygen in a reaction space at a reaction temperature of more than 700° C. and then separating the resulting powder from gaseous substances in the reaction space, wherein the aerosol is obtained by atomisation using a multi-component nozzle of at least one starting material, as such in liquid form or in solution, and at least one atomising gas, the volume-related mean drop diameter D30 of the aerosol is from 30 to 100 ?m and the number of aerosol drops larger than 100 ?m is up to 10%, based on the total number of drops, and metal oxide powder obtainable by this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Stipan Katusic, Michael Kraemer, Michael Kroell, Peter Kress, Edwin Staab
  • Publication number: 20110116858
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrically driven dispensing device, particularly a toothbrush, utilising replaceable pressurised cartridges, of the bag-in-can type. The toothbrush has a ‘top-loading’ structure in which the cartridge is housed in a recess at the brush end of the toothbrush handle, the recess being accessible by removing the brush head. Other features include an elastomeric valve outlet located on the brush head which can also function as a tooth wiping or polishing blade, and a non-linear drive shaft which enables the brush head to be driven from a motor located at the based end of the handle whilst keeping the handle slim in design. The invention further provides bag-in-can pressurised cartridges for use in such a brush. Advantages of such cartridges include the ability to uniformly dose dentifrice of high solids content, or dentifrice otherwise having a high viscosity. The invention further provides replaceable heads for such a brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Lee Burrowes
  • Patent number: 7896567
    Abstract: An electrically driven dispensing device, particularly a toothbrush, utilizing replaceable pressurized cartridges, of the bag-in-can type. The toothbrush has a ‘top-loading’ structure in which the cartridge is housed in a recess at the brush end of the toothbrush handle, the recess being accessible by removing the brush head. Other features include an elastomeric valve outlet located on the brush head which can also function as a tooth wiping or polishing blade, and a non-linear drive shaft which enables the brush head to be driven from a motor located at the base end of the handle whilst keeping the handle slim in design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Lee Burrowes
  • Publication number: 20100054847
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispenser for a hand treatment product. The dispenser (1) comprises an applicator (3), a hand treatment product storage reservoir (5) in fluid communication with the applicator (3), and a restraining means (7) for restraining the dispenser to a support surface, wherein, in use, when a hand is moved across the applicator (3), hand treatment product is applied to the hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Adam F.R. Sutcliffe, Robin B.K. Chilton, Graeme H. Davies, Katie L. Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20090311031
    Abstract: Instead of having both the tooth—paste/gel and the tooth—brush on hand to brush your teeth, with my invention you only need a combination of both, to be taken on trips, to work/school or to be kept at home. This means that every member of the family can do their dentures independently of each other (i.e. having their own tooth—paste/gel). With my horizontal spin-head bristles, getting to clean between teeth will be much easier and more effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Wayne Jonathan DEMERCADO
  • Patent number: 7625150
    Abstract: A toothbrush has a toothbrush head, a toothbrush bar and a toothpaste container. The toothpaste container is a gas-filled container, and a gas nipple is provided at the bottom of the toothpaste container. A pipe channel is provided in the toothbrush bar, the toothpaste container is communicated with the toothbrush head through the pipe channel via a valve. The toothbrush bar is hinged to the toothpaste container by a spherical hinged joint formed by the end of the toothbrush bar. The spherical hinged joint controls the valve to discharge toothpaste in the toothpaste container into the pipe channel and the toothbrush head. The invention is convenient especially for children, the elder, the blind and the disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Yun-foo Wu
  • Patent number: 7510693
    Abstract: Process for the production of a metal oxide powder having a BET surface area of at least 20 m2/g by reacting an aerosol with oxygen in a reaction space at a reaction temperature of more than 700° C. and then separating the resulting powder from gaseous substances in the reaction space, wherein the aerosol is obtained by atomisation using a multi-component nozzle of at least one starting material, as such in liquid form or in solution, and at least one atomising gas, the volume-related mean drop diameter D30 of the aerosol is from 30 to 100 ?m and the number of aerosol drops larger than 100 ?m is up to 10%, based on the total number of drops, and metal oxide powder obtainable by this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Degussa AG
    Inventors: Stipan Katusic, Michael Kraemer, Michael Kroell, Peter Kress, Edwin Staab
  • Publication number: 20090080964
    Abstract: A gas pressurized painting system comprises a pressurized paint canister and a powered paint brush or powered paint roller connectable to the pressurized paint canister. The canister includes a paint reservoir, an air pressure fitting in fluid communication with the paint reservoir and configured to be connected to a gas pressure source, a paint outlet in fluid communication with the paint reservoir, and a removable cap for filling the paint reservoir with paint. A flexible tube is used to interconnect the paint outlet to the paint inlet of the powered paint brush or powered paint roller. The painting system also includes a cleaning system for quickly and easily cleaning the system using a standard source of cleaning fluid, such as a garden spigot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jerry D. Castellana
  • Publication number: 20090060625
    Abstract: Provided is a pressurized pen, which is enabled to enhance the sealing property of a compression chamber at a pressurizing time in the knocking operation of a knock mechanism and to improve the durability. A pressuring pump mechanism includes: a pressure member having a front end opening portion communicating with the inside of a medium containing tube and a compression chamber made extensible and contractible in axial direction; and a push member for coming in axial direction into and out of abutment against a rear end opening portion of the pressure member and for pushing the compression chamber of the pressure member in a gas-tight condition in a compressing direction. The push member is associated with the pushing action of a knock mechanism such that it is enabled to irrotationally move toward the rear end opening portion of the pressure member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Tombow Pencil Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunichi Taniguchi
  • Publication number: 20080304900
    Abstract: An oral hygiene device is disclosed. A toothbrush attached to a case or cartridge that works as a handle and contains toothpaste in its interior. To allow inner, fast and automatic toothpaste flow on the toothbrush bristles, a button (stopcock) located on the top of the case or cartridge has to be pushed down. Upon releasing the stopcock, toothpaste flow stops. The longer the stopcock is held down, the larger amount of toothpaste will flow on the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Luis Miguel Chunga Chavez
  • Publication number: 20080267688
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device and a method for cleaning a channel of a medical instrument, such as an endoscope, by discharging vaporised cleaning fluid and subsequently pressurised gas into the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Tommy Busted
  • Patent number: 7381005
    Abstract: A package for dispensing a pressurized material to be applied to the body. In one embodiment, the package comprises a container body having a cavity for containing a pressurized material to be applied to the body, the container body having an outer surface. An applicator is positioned adjacent the outer surface and is configured to dispense pressurized material. A cap is captively engaged with the container body, the cap being movable over the outer surface between a closed position in which the applicator is substantially shielded and an open position in which the applicator is substantially exposed. In another embodiment, the container body includes a body facing edge and a recessed surface bounded by the body facing edge, the recessed surface extending inwardly from the body facing edge. An applicator is configured to dispense the material and is positioned along the recessed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Benjamin J. Beck, David Harting, Theresa Louise Johnson, Christine Marie Putman
  • Publication number: 20080118300
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrically driven dispensing device, particularly a toothbrush, utilising replaceable pressurised cartridges, of the bag-in-can type. The toothbrush has a ‘top-loading’ structure in which the cartridge is housed in a recess at the brush end of the toothbrush handle, the recess being accessible by removing the brush head. Other features include an elastomeric valve outlet located on the brush head which can also function as a tooth wiping or polishing blade, and a non-linear drive shaft which enables the brush head to be driven from a motor located at the based end of the handle whilst keeping the handle slim in design. The invention further provides bag-in-can pressurised cartridges for use in such a brush. Advantages of such cartridges include the ability to uniformly dose dentifrice of high solids content, or dentifrice otherwise having a high viscosity. The invention further provides replaceable heads for such a brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Lee Burrowes
  • Patent number: 7338226
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aerosol can containing a two-component paint with an aerosol preparation, in particular for use in the automotive industry and for automotive repairs. Said aerosol can contains a binding agent component and a curing component. The binding agent component contains a curable epoxy parent component, solvents and a propellant and the curing component contains a cross-linking agent, which is suitable for curing the epoxy binding agent. The curing component is housed separately from the binding agent component in a cross-linking casing, which is located in the aerosol paint can and can be activated externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Peter Kwasny
  • Patent number: 7325992
    Abstract: A gas-pressurized writing instrument simply constructed so that a compressed gas will not escape to the outside by providing a writing point assembly (10) at the front end (14a) of a tube member (14), storing an ink (12) to be fed to the writing point assembly (10) in the tube member (14), encasing at least part of the tube member (10) by a casing cylinder (18) formed of a material that presents low gas permeability or gas impermeability so as to form a space (16) communicating with the rear opening of tube member (14), sealing a compressed gas inside the space (16) so that the compressed gas will push the ink out to writing point assembly (10) to secure the writing performance, and covering the outer periphery of the casing cylinder (18) with an exterior member having thermal resistance or/and moisture resistance greater than that of the casing cylinder so that the casing cylinder can present low gas permeability or gas impermeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Furukawa, Kiyoshi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 7325993
    Abstract: A device for packaging and applying a substance may include a receptacle including a body defining a first space and an opening. The first space may be configured to receive a supply of the substance. The receptacle may include a second space and a partition. The partition may have at least one orifice formed therein configured to provide flow communication between the first space and the second space. The device may include a first closure member configured to close the opening of the body, the first closure member being mounted on the body, an applicator at least partially disposed in the second space, and a second closure member configured to be removably mounted on the receptacle such that the second space is closed except for the orifice in the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oréal S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Publication number: 20080019761
    Abstract: A pressurized pen having excellent feeling of using it by allowing an easy knocking operation with small force is disclosed. The pressurizing member 18 includes an elastic cylindrical member 19. The elastic cylindrical member 19 has a large-diameter front cylinder portion of which a front end 20a in air-tight manner communicates directly with the rear opening portion 6b of an ink containing tube 6 and which forms the pressurizing chamber 22, and a small-diameter rear cylinder portion 21 which is coaxially connected to a rear end of the front cylinder portion 20 and in which the front end portion 17a of the pressing member 17 is pressed into a rear aperture 21a thereof. The inside of the ink containing tube 6 is pressurized by allowing the pressing member 17 to press the rear cylinder portion 21 into the front cylinder portion 20 and compressing the elastic cylindrical member 19 in the axial direction with the pressing chamber 22 air-tight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Applicant: Tombow Pencil Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunichi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 7303350
    Abstract: An ink composition for a pressurized ballpoint pen and a pressurized ballpoint pen which can exhibit excellent writing properties, do not cause ink leakage and which are suited to handwriting. The ink composition for a pressurized ballpoint pen includes at least a colorant, a solvent and silica, wherein a coagulated matter containing at least the silica is contained therein, and the ink composition has a viscosity of 10000 to 40000 mPa·s at 25° C. A pressurized ballpoint pen equipped with a refill, in which pressurized gas is charged into an ink reservoir charged with the ink composition for a pressurized ballpoint pen and a closed vessel containing the reservoir is also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Morita, Hiroyuki Ito
  • Patent number: 7226227
    Abstract: A packaging and dispenser device may include: a receptacle containing a first substance; an application surface secured to the receptacle during application of the first substance; and a closure capsule configured to be removably fixed on the receptacle. The closure capsule may be configured to enable the closure capsule to be fixed on the receptacle. The packaging and dispenser device may also include at least one housing containing a second substance, the housing being suitable for opening from an end of the capsule remote from a part of the closure capsule configured to enable the closure capsule to be fixed on the receptacle, so that the second substance in the housing may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 7195414
    Abstract: A package for dispensing a pressurized material to be applied to the body. In one embodiment, the package comprises a container body having a cavity for containing a pressurized material to be applied to the body, the container body having an outer surface. An applicator is positioned adjacent the outer surface and is configured to dispense pressurized material. A cap is captively engaged with the container body, the cap being movable over the outer surface between a closed position in which the applicator is substantially shielded and an open position in which the applicator is substantially exposed. In another embodiment, the container body includes a body facing edge and a recessed surface bounded by the body facing edge, the recessed surface extending inwardly from the body facing edge. An applicator is configured to dispense the material and is positioned along the recessed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Benjamin J. Beck, David Harting, Theresa Louise Johnson, Christine Marie Putman
  • Patent number: 7108441
    Abstract: A package for dispensing a pressurized fluid having a plastic container body comprising a non-round cross-section which is at least in part maintained by a skeletal support adjacent to the outer surface of the container body configured to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Benjamin J. Beck, Laryssa Chortyk, Douglas A. Marsden, Scott Edward Smith, Ayub Ibrahim Khan
  • Patent number: 7037020
    Abstract: A device for moistening fluid-absorbing media for body-hygiene or care, such as toilet paper, cotton balls, cleaning tissues, cotton pads, and fleece, includes a system reservoir for storing fluid for moistening the media and a stroke valve unit attached to the system reservoir, which gives off liquid or a liquid mist by its nozzle. A detachable distribution unit is attached to the valve unit and includes a distribution plate or funnel unit with a capillary unit. The nozzle is positioned in a recess in the bottom of the distribution plate or funnel unit. The fluid-absorbing media is placed on the capillary unit to initiate a stroke movement of the valve unit, whereby the liquid or liquid mist released through the stroke movement is at least partially taken up by the distribution unit through a capillary effect. The liquid or liquid mist then passes from the distribution unit to the fluid-absorbing media via the “blotting-paper” principle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Ronald Neuendorf
  • Patent number: 7007338
    Abstract: An advanced cleaning system comprising cleaning compositions, pads, and implements provide effective cleaning of soft and hard surfaces. The system includes (a) a handle portion, the handle portion having a proximal end and a distal end, (b) a cleaning head portion that is attached to the distal end of the handle portion and that is adapted for use with a removable cleaning pad; (c) a cradle that is secured to the handle portion, and (d) a detachable cleaning aerosol reservoir for delivering cleaning fluid onto the surface to be cleaned adjacent the cleaning head portion, wherein the reservoir is positioned within the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Aram Garabedian, Jr., Michael J. Hall, Maria G. Ochomogo, Marcus Wang, Andrew Kilkenny, Kaj A. Johnson, Thomas Silk, Michael H. Robbins, Aaron R. London, Dennis Rich, Doug Walker
  • Patent number: 6953299
    Abstract: A system for treating a work surface including a handle portion, a first tool head adapted for use with a removable pad and a second tool head, both connectable to the handle portion, and a first fluid reservoir is disclosed. In some arrangements, the second tool head can be used with a removable pad or can include an electric motor. A controller can be provided for releasing and stopping fluid flow from the first fluid reservoir. An optional second fluid reservoir can also be used. The first tool head and the first fluid reservoir can include a first indicium that can be characterized by a feature such as color, shape, picture, text, or sound. The indicium can signify a work surface, a purpose for surface treatment, a mode of operation or instructions. Surface treatments include applying, cleaning, scrubbing, waxing, polishing, disinfecting, killing mites, killing fleas, detoxifying, neutralizing allergens, painting, removing liquids, and fertilizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Marcus Wang, Thomas Silk, Michael J. Hall, Aaron R. London, Kaj Johnson
  • Patent number: 6942409
    Abstract: A bicycle chain cleaner fitted on a spray can of cleaning and lubricating solution, comprising: a lower half-shell and an upper half-shell, which are provided centrally with a flat and elongated tray, respectively for collection and for covering the region where a sprayed solution is dispensed, the half-shells being provided with an inlet and an outlet for the chain, which are aligned and co-planar; articulation elements, which are interposed between the half-shells; elements for coupling to the top of the spray can one of the half-shells; and a sort of trigger, which is associated with the other one of the half-shells in order to make the edges of the half-shells mate, respective brushes with tufts of radial bristles being fitted in the half-shells so that they can rotate, the tufts being adapted to penetrate, when the chain advances in the half-shells, between links of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Barbieri S.N.C. di Barbieri Nadia & Kalman
    Inventor: Adriano Barbieri
  • Patent number: 6924004
    Abstract: A particle beam deposition apparatus includes a particle source for generating a plurality of particles in suspended form, an expansion chamber, and a deposition chamber connected to the expansion chamber by an aerodynamic focusing stage, and containing a substrate. The aerodynamic focusing stage may be comprised of a plurality of aerodynamic focusing elements, or lenses. Particles, including nanoparticles, may be deposited on the substrate by generating an aerosol cloud of particles, accelerating the particles into the expansion chamber, creating a collimated beam out of the particles by passing them through the aerodynamic focusing lenses and into a deposition chamber, and impacting the particles into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Nagaraja P. Rao, Joachim Heberlein, William Gerberich, Steven L. Girshick, Peter H. McMurry
  • Patent number: 6877924
    Abstract: A dispensing device (10) is detachably mountable atop a plurality of valved containers (12a, 12b) containing constituents under pressure which are dispensed upon actuation of the container valves (17). The dispensing device (10) comprises a mixing chamber (56) for mixing together the constituents dispensed form the containers (12a, 12b) to form a mixed product and for outputting the mixed product through plural outlet ports (64), an applicator (25) having a plurality of tines (76) at least some of which are hollow, the hollow tines (76) being in fluid communication with respective outlet ports (64) of the mixing chamber (56) for dispensing from distal ends thereof the mixed product, and an actuator (50) for simultaneously actuating the container valves (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Mixtek System, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Mears, Richard Gray, Ralph Zissel, Harvey Levine, Lawrence Levine
  • Patent number: 6872021
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly 10 having a telescoping handle portion 12 and a sponge member 40 which is pivotally coupled to the telescoping handle portion 12. In various non-limiting embodiments, the cleaning assembly 10 may include material, such as but not limited to, material 80 which is selectively communicated to the sponge member 40, effective to aid in the cleaning of an object and/or area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventors: Vernell Wilson, Raquelle Wilson, Craig Wilson
  • Patent number: 6834778
    Abstract: A mixing and discharge device is provided, in which contents are ejected from a pair of containers (33) standing next to each other and are mixed and discharged outside of this device, by pressing down the discharge nozzles (35) of said containers simultaneously with the manipulation of the thumb and a finger of the hand holding the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignees: Kanebo, Limited, Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Jinbo, Tomomi Hamada, Keiko Ishikawa, Yoshie Aoki, Yoshiyuki Kakuta, Toru Toma
  • Publication number: 20040228673
    Abstract: Provided is an ink reservoir for a writing instrument molded from a gas barriering resin such as polyvinyl alcohol, an ethylene*vinyl alcohol copolymer resin, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, a cellulose resin, polyester, polycarbonate and polystyrene, wherein a vapor-scarcely permeable coating layer having a vapor permeability (P1) of 0.5 g/m2*atm*24 hr/25 &mgr;m or less at 40° and 90% RH is formed on the above reservoir for a writing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Kirita, Toshimi Kamitani, Takao Koyama
  • Publication number: 20040223803
    Abstract: Cleaning devices are disclosed which can rapidly be reconfigured from an elongated mop, to an intermediate size upper wall cleaner, to a shorter window cleaner. A common aerosol canister support and actuator and a common cleaning head are used. The device can be triggered by either a trigger on the support, or by a remote trigger on a separate handle. An extension wand can connect the remote handle to the canister support. Linkages between the handle, wand and support are via a quick disconnect coupler allowing rapid disassembly and assembly while permitting triggering components to act through the joint created by the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Cathal L. Fahy, Brian K. Linstedt, Dale Aberegg, Steven A. Zach
  • Patent number: 6797051
    Abstract: A more controllable fibrous acoustic ceiling patch or textured material in the form of a sprayable composition includes a base, a filler, an adhesive binder, an anti-foaming agent, a suspension agent, and fibrous materials. The more controllable acoustic ceiling patch is storable and dispensable from a pressurized dispenser having a delivery nozzle. An aerosol system with a spray nozzle is included on the container for selective discharge of the textured material onto a prepared patch area, which may be on a drywall or support panel so as to match and blend with the surrounding acoustic ceiling surface area in order to provide a continuous and unbroken coextensive surface texture of mechanically and visually matched material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Spraytex, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Woods
  • Publication number: 20040141797
    Abstract: An advanced cleaning system comprising cleaning compositions, pads, and implements provide effective cleaning of soft and hard surfaces. The implement comprises a handle portion (14) with a proximal end and a distal end, a cleaning head portion (12), the cleaning head portion (12) adapted for use with a removable cleaning pad (40), and an aerosol cleaner (24) coupled to the cleaning head portion (12) such that cleaning fluid is applied adjacent the cleaning head portion (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Aram Garabedian, Michael J. Hall, Carl Kling, Robert W. Flagler, Gordon Kapp, Aaron London, Douglas Walker, Dennis Rich
  • Publication number: 20040141798
    Abstract: An advanced cleaning system comprising cleaning compositions, pads, and implements provide effective cleaning of soft and hard surfaces. The system includes (a) a handle portion, the handle portion having a proximal end and a distal end, (b) a cleaning head portion that is attached to the distal end of the handle portion and that is adapted for use with a removable cleaning pad; (c) a cradle that is secured to the handle portion, and (d) a detachable cleaning aerosol reservoir for delivering cleaning fluid onto the surface to be cleaned adjacent the cleaning head portion, wherein the reservoir is positioned within the cradle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Aram Garabedian, Michael J. Hall, Maria G. Ochomogo, Marcus Wang, Andrew Kilkenny, Kaj A. Johnson, Thomas Silk, Michael H. Robbins, Aaron R. London, Dennis Rich, Doug Walker
  • Patent number: 6742951
    Abstract: A cleaning implement provides a spray head for a cleanser spray bottle. It also mounts on its forehead a removable cleaning pad. The spray head threads onto a conventional spray bottle. The cleaning pad is mounted immediately above the spray outlet. It has a slot to engage the spray head. There can be a living hinge to allow the pad to flex, and the forehead can be rounded to permit the pad to rotate on the spray head without being removed to change orientations. A single hand can be used to spray and rub a hard surface, without the need for a spray bottle to be put down while wiping the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Marissa A. Schultz, Heath A. Doty, Marc W. Hunter, Keith H. Gausmann