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20100155414Method for automatic microfluidic fragrance dispensing - A method and apparatus for dispensing fragrance into the air in the vicinity of the user comprises a liquid reservoir and a solid-state microfluidic controller actuated by a solid-state switching device. The microfluidic device is designed to pump the fragrant material onto the surface of the device, from which the material evaporates, thereby releasing a scent under the manipulation of an electrical circuit, which is preferably battery powered. The entire device consisting of fluid reservoir, pump or valve, power supply, and electronic controls, is preferably small enough to be conveniently attached to clothing or worn by the user. The device may further be contained in a substantially decorative housing and worn like jewelry. The device may be pre-programmed to dispense automatically according to a preset cycle, or it may be adjustable or programmable to some degree by the user.06-24-2010
20100059542POWDER FOOD DISPENSER - The present invention is a powder dispenser for dispensing predetermined amounts of a powder product. The powder dispenser includes a housing and a dispensing tube. The dispensing tube removes a predetermined amount of the powder product from the housing to be dispensed into a container. The dispensing tube includes recesses having a predetermined volume to control the amount of powder product dispensed. The housing includes a lower cavity for storing containers that receive the dispensed powder product.03-11-2010
20090108021MANUAL SPRAYER WITH DUAL BAG-ON-VALVE ASSEMBLY - A manual spray dispenser for dispensing a mixture of two compositions comprises a container having a first and second chamber and a single dispensing spray outlet for dispensing controlled amounts of liquids from each of the first and second chambers. At least one of the chambers has a separator in the form of a pouch for physically separating the contents of the container from an interior surface of the chamber. The first chamber can contain a first composition and the second chamber can contain a second composition having a reactive component that reacts with at least one compound upon contact or mixing. The dispenser further contains a dispensing system for simultaneously dispensing the first composition and the second composition from their respective first and second chambers, mixing the two compositions together, and dispensing a mixture of the two compositions from the container under pressure.04-30-2009
20090294470Variable Frequency Drive for Gas Dispensing System - A fixed and/or stationary modular unit consists of a hydraulic fluid tank, a variable frequency drive consisting of a variable frequency controller, a variable frequency motor, and a pressurization pump. A compressed gas transportation system consists of a cylinder or set of cylinders. Each cylinder has a charging port and a dispensing port. A pair of valves are located at each charging port of each cylinder, with one valve connected to an incoming hydraulic fluid line and the other valve connected to a hydraulic fluid return line. A valve is connected at the dispensing port of each cylinder. As gas is dispensed from cylinders, hydraulic fluid is pumped from the tank by the variable frequency drive into the cylinder at a rate substantially equal to the dispensing rate of the compressed gas to maintain a constant pressure within the cylinder.12-03-2009
20090194562METERING APPARATUS FOR FLOWABLE COMPOSITIONS - A metering apparatus for flowable preparations includes a metering unit having an energy source, a control unit and a sensor unit. A container for a first flowable preparation, such as a detergent, cleaning agent, or fragrance, is removably couplable to the metering unit. A micropump that has a specific delivery quantity of less than 500 l/min is provided in the metering unit. The micropump can be controlled by the control unit to dispense flowable product from the container into a desired system external to the metering apparatus, such as a dishwasher, washing machine, toilet, air freshening system, and the like.08-06-2009
20090194561System and Method for Distribution and Dispensing of Beverages - In a method for distribution and dispensing of beverages, a one-way system is used including a disposable and freestanding container (08-06-2009
20090194560Carton-Based Packaging for a Beverage Dispenser - A dispenser for combining a number of ingredients. The dispenser may include a laminated container with one of the number of ingredients therein and a pump in communication with the laminated container.08-06-2009
20130037563SANITARY DISPENSING PACKAGE - A package having a sanitary dispenser is depicted and described. The package generally includes a dispenser that is sealed from environmental contaminants by a feature or portion of the package. The sealed dispenser portion of the package is accessed prior to use and the user is able to access the contents of the package through the sanitary dispenser. The dispenser may be inverted prior to use and deployed prior to use. A frangible portion may be provided to the dispenser. The dispenser may be re-sealable in the package. A straw may further be provided to the dispenser and be deployable by the user for access to the package contents.02-14-2013
20130075421FUEL DISPENSER - A fuel dispenser includes first and second cylinders adapted to contain respective first and second fluids, one being fuel and the other being a fuel additive such as a lubricant. First and second pistons in the cylinders displace the fluids through outlets and into a mixing line. The dispenser typically allows the volume of fluids displaced from each cylinder to be accurately controlled and adjusted in order to change the ratios. This is achieved by an adjustable aperture adapted to be opened and closed and optionally varied in degree of opening, typically by rotation of at least one of the components, to release fluid contained in the cylinder in front of the piston without passing the fluid into a mixing line. The adjustable aperture includes an aperture in a piston head, allowing the fluid in front of the piston to pass into or through the piston.03-28-2013
20130075422PACKAGE FOR LAUNDRY SCENT ADDITIVE - A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.03-28-2013
20130075420Fluid Dispenser with Cleaning/Maintenance Mode - The present invention provides an automatic liquid/foam dispenser with a deactivation means that allows cleaning/maintenance of the nozzle and sink without the dispenser dispensing the liquid/foam during cleaning/maintenance.03-28-2013
20110192864DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - A system for dispensing polyurethane foam from DOT-39 compliant tank, includes a compressor having an outlet through which air is supplied, and a booster coupled to the outlet of the compressor. The booster provides a supply of compressed air at a pressure of between about 160 and about 200 pounds per square inch. At least two bladderless tanks having an internal volume sized less than 1,526 cubic inches to comply with DOT-39 specifications each contain a quantity of a polyurethane foam component that is sufficient to fill at least 70 percent of the internal volume of the bladderless tanks. A first valve on the bladderless tanks connects to the high pressure outlet of the booster. A second valve is adjacent the bottom of each bladderless tank. A dispenser for dispensing the polyurethane foam component is connected to the second valve on each of the bladderless tanks.08-11-2011
20100116842RECONFIGURABLE CONTROL PANEL FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSER - Reconfigurable control systems for beverage dispensers, beverage dispensers with a reconfigurable control panel, beverage dispensers that sequence the dispensing of beverage fluids that make up a selected beverage, beverage dispensers that allow for the dispensing of user customized beverages, and related methods for dispensing a beverage fluid are provided. A reconfigurable control system includes a control panel having multiple sensing regions, user reconfigurable switches used to select a control panel configuration, and a control unit operatively coupled with the control panel and the user reconfigurable switches. Each of the sensing regions is assigned to a key of the selected control panel configuration or deactivated. The keys of the selected control panel configuration receive user input to select a beverage and/or a beverage additive.05-13-2010
20090194563Foot Operated Foaming Soap Dispenser - A dispensing apparatus includes an outer housing having a receiving section for coupling with a liquid container and a pumper. The pumper includes a pumper inlet and pumper outlet and is designed and configured to receive a liquid from a liquid container at the pumper inlet, convert the liquid into a foam, and to expel foam through the pumper outlet. The apparatus also includes a piston having a piston inlet and a piston outlet, the piston inlet capable of fluid communication with the pumper outlet and a pumping mechanism.08-06-2009
20130037565Systems and Methods for Providing Portion Control Programming in a Product Forming Dispenser - Disclosed are systems and methods for configuring portion control for a dispenser apparatus. A plurality of beverage ingredients may be associated with the dispenser apparatus, and a plurality of selectable beverages may be formed from the plurality of beverage ingredients. Input for one or more preferences associated with portion control may be received. Stored information associated with at least one of the plurality of selectable beverages may be accessed. At least one portion control for at least one of the plurality of selectable beverages may be determined based at least in part on at least a portion of the received input and at least a portion of the accessed information.02-14-2013
20100140289DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DOSING FOAMED COMPOUNDS - A device and a method for dosing compounds and especially foamed compounds to a dosage target location. The device has at least one unit with respective pumps and nozzles that are fluidically interconnected. The pump is a rotary pump with at least one rotary element arranged to rotate inside a pump chamber.06-10-2010
20080302818Ratio Control in Postmix Dispenser - A beverage dispenser provides numerous inventive features in its refrigeration system (12-11-2008
20100102079FLUID NOZZLE - This invention relates to a hand pump adapted for discharging fluid from a portable container, and particularly relates to a hand pump having a first and second valve means for discharging fluid from a portable container. The invention also relates to a method of discharging fluid from a portable container by use of a hand pump.04-29-2010
20130037564AUTOMATED PIPETTING APPARATUS HAVING A COMBINED LIQUID PUMP AND PIPETTE HEAD SYSTEM - The technology described herein generally relates to systems for extracting polynucleotides from multiple samples, particularly from biological samples, and additionally to systems that subsequently amplify and detect the extracted polynucleotides. The technology more particularly relates to microfluidic systems that carry out PCR on multiple samples of nucleotides of interest within microfluidic channels, and detect those nucleotides. The technology still more particularly relates to automated devices for carrying out pipetting operations, particularly on samples in parallel, consistent with sample preparation and delivery of PCR-ready nucleotide extracts to a cartridge wherein PCR is run.02-14-2013
20090159611VARIABLE TEMPERATURE DISPENSER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A variable temperature dispensing system and method for dispensing a variable temperature controlled fluid in an appliance includes a first fluid storage tank for holding the fluid at one temperature and a second fluid storage tank for holding the fluid at another temperature that is elevated relative to the one temperature of the first fluid storage tank. A dispenser outlet is fluidly connected to the first and second fluid storage tanks by at least one fluid line. A proportioning device is disposed along the at least one fluid line between the dispenser outlet and the first and second fluid storage tanks to proportion the fluid delivered from the first and second fluid storage tanks to the dispenser outlet. The proportioning device allows for the selection of a specific temperature for the fluid to be dispensed through the dispenser outlet and delivers the fluid at the selected specific temperature.06-25-2009
20100108713WATER DISPENSER WITH SABBATH FUNCTION - Water dispensers are disclosed which include a Sabbath function. When activating the Sabbath function, water refill of the hot water reservoir tank is prevented and the heating of the water in the hot reservoir tank is modified to provide a constant heating at a less than boiling temperature.05-06-2010
20100108710APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A BEVERAGE - An apparatus for producing a beverage includes a water tank, a concentrate container, and a mixing chamber. A water conduit supplies water by gravity from the water tank to a water discharge mixing opening and a concentrate conduit supplies the liquid concentrate by gravity from the concentrate container to a concentrate discharge mixing opening. The discharge openings open directly and separately into the mixing chamber. A dispenser assembly opens and closes the discharge openings and the released water and liquid concentrate directly leaves the mixing chamber to produce the beverage. In another embodiment, an apparatus includes a sealable chamber, and an air pump for pressurizing the sealable chamber and the concentrate container. A dispenser and methods for producing a beverage from a liquid concentrate and water are also disclosed.05-06-2010
20100108708HIGH VOLUME, HIGH PRESSURE, REFILLABLE, CONTINUOUS BATTER DISPENSER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A refillable compressed air driven system includes a vessel adapted to hold a determined amount of batter and compressed air, a compressed air inlet port in the vessel, a compressed air outlet port in the vessel, a batter inlet port in the vessel, a batter outlet port in the vessel, a compressed air supply line fluidly connected to the compressed air inlet port and configured to supply compressed air from a compressor through the compressed air supply line to the vessel, an exhaust valve operably coupled to the compressed air outlet port, a hopper operably coupled to the batter inlet port, and a batter inlet valve disposed between the hopper and the vessel, and a dispenser operably coupled to the batter outlet port. A method of use entails loading batter through the hopper into the vessel, charging the vessel with compressed air to a determined pressure range, dispensing batter through the dispenser to form units of food products until substantially all of the batter loaded in the vessel is dispensed, evacuating the compressed air, and repeating the foregoing steps.05-06-2010
20100108712Multi-dose liquid dispensing assembly - A dispensing assembly to be coupled to a resilient-walled vessel includes a tip defining an unobstructed bore positioned to be in direct communication with the vessel when coupled to the vessel. The tip includes a valve structured to allow drop-wise liquid dispensing when sufficient pressure is applied to the resilient wall of the vessel, and to prevent liquid back flow at zero as well as near zero pressure differentials across the valve. The assembly also includes at least one vent opening structured to allow air into and out of the vessel, and at least one filtration element extending across the vent opening. A cap having an antibacterial liner is also provided. The combination of the filtration element, the antibacterial liner in the cap, and the ability of the valve to prevent back flow enables the solution in the vessel to remain sterile, with no need for preservatives. Also included are methods for dispensing a preservative-free solution using a dispensing assembly of the present invention.05-06-2010
20130082069Systems and Methods for Applying Texture Material to Ceiling Surfaces - A method of dispensing sprayable material in a desired spray pattern comprising the following steps. An actuator member comprising a plurality of resilient finger projections is provided. A resilient outlet member is arranged at least partly between the plurality of finger projections. A movable member is supported on the actuator member to define an actuator assembly that is supported on the valve assembly to define a dispensing path extending from the interior of the aerosol chamber to the exterior of the aerosol chamber through the valve assembly, the actuator member, and the outlet member. The movable member acts on the outlet member to deform the plurality of finger projections towards each other to alter an effective cross-sectional area of at least a portion of a dispensing path to control fluid flow along the dispensing path and thereby cause the sprayable material to be dispensed in the desired spray pattern.04-04-2013
20130048668Pressure sensing liquid dispensing system - An automated liquid dispensing system for dispensing a pressurized liquid through a feed line includes a pressure sensing device having a sensing component provided in the feed line for sensing the pressure of the liquid. A pour control center is provided in the feed line. A smart director is electrically connected to the pressure sensing device and to the pour control center for continually and selectively actuating the pour control center in response to input from the sensing device.02-28-2013
20120181301Adhesive Dispenser System - A dispenser system employs a packaging module for use with moisture sensitive materials. The packaging module comprises an outer carton and an inner bladder, which is substantially impermeable to moisture and is filled with one part of an adhesive. The carton is loaded on a mobile cart and the one part adhesive is supplied to a pump/mixer without exposure to moisture in the atmosphere. The packaging and dispensing system can be used in conjunction with mechanized adhesive application equipment for the construction trades.07-19-2012
20120181300DISPENSING DEVICE WITH PRESSURE RELEASE - Improved dispensing devices (07-19-2012
20130087576Actuator Systems and Methods for Aerosol Wall Texturing - A system for dispensing texture material comprises a main container, an outlet assembly, and an aerosol valve assembly. The main container stores texture material and pressurized propellant material. The aerosol valve assembly is arranged to allow control of fluid flowing out of the main container. The outlet assembly is configured such that the cross-sectional area of the outlet opening corresponds to the desired pattern. The aerosol valve assembly is operated to allow the pressurized propellant material to force the texture material out of the main container through the outlet opening defined by the outlet assembly. The texture material forced out of the main container is deposited on the target surface in the desired pattern.04-11-2013
20130087574SELF-SEALING DISPENSER INSERT AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING THE SAME - A fluid dispenser is described that includes a dispenser, a cap, and an insert. The dispenser is flexible and includes a body portion and a cylindrical mouth portion extending from the body portion. The mouth portion has an opening defining a lip. The cap is operable to engage the mouth portion of the dispenser, said cap has an aperture therethrough operable to dispense a fluid stored within the dispenser. The insert is sized for placement within the opening, between the mouth portion and the cap and includes a substantially solid plug having a first and a second axial hole therethrough, a first reed valve operably attached to the plug to close the first axial hole from an outside of the dispenser, and a second reed valve operably attached to the plug to close the second axial hole from an inside of the dispenser.04-11-2013
20130087575Granular seasoning dispenser and method - A device and method are provided for metered dispensing of granular seasoning material. The device comprises a reservoir including a dispensing outlet, a metered dispensing member having an axis and a metering chamber comprising a peripheral cavity in the metered dispensing member, the metered dispensing member mounted for axial linear movement relative to the reservoir through the dispensing outlet to and from a filling position, in which the metering chamber is in communication with the interior of the reservoir, and a dispensing position, in which the metering chamber is in communication with the exterior of the reservoir, to permit gravity dispensing of a metered quantity of material from the metering chamber. Preferably, an actuation assembly for movement of the dispensing member comprises biasing means. A diffuser may be connected to the exterior of the reservoir below the dispensing outlet for evenly distributing dispensed material onto a target area.04-11-2013
20100006592Method and apparatus for dosed dispensing of gasified liquid after pressure equalisation - The invention relates to a method for dosed dispensing from a container of a liquid including a substance dissolved therein, like e.g. a carbonated beverage, wherein prior to dispensing of the liquid the pressure in the container is equalized with the ambient pressure in the space in which the liquid is dispensed, said pressure being equalized by first establishing a gas connection and only then establishing a liquid connection between the container and the space in which the liquid is dispensed. In accordance with the invention the liquid is dispensed from the container via a dosing chamber, prior to transferring of the liquid to the dosing chamber the pressure in the container is equalized with the pressure in the dosing chamber, and prior to dispensing of the liquid from the dosing chamber the pressure in said chamber is equalized with the ambient pressure in the space in which the liquid is dispensed. The invention further relates to a dispensing apparatus with which this method nay be performed and to an assembly of such a dispensing apparatus and a container.01-14-2010
20100006591Pump-Driven Fluid Sprayer and Method - A fluid delivery device including a fluid reservoir, a pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, an electric motor, a bladder in fluid communication with the pump, the bladder including at least in part, an elastic portion, a nozzle valve in fluid communication with the bladder, the nozzle being adjustable from an open mode to a closed mode, and from a closed mode to an open mode, a pressure release valve in fluid communication with the bladder and the fluid reservoir; and an electronic control unit for controlling delivery of the fluid. The invention also encompasses a method of delivering a treating fluid in a fine mist, including powering-up a fluid delivery device, comparing a signal being received from an ambient light sensor to predetermined trigger values consistent with dusk and dawn ambient light conditions, and dispensing treating fluid for a selected duration period on the basis of the signal being received from the ambient light sensor.01-14-2010
20100006590 Liquid Dispensing Applicator with Flexible Valve Member - The invention concerns a liquid dispensing applicator for a volatile liquid. The liquid dispensing applicator includes a cap member for attachment to a hollow bodied container having a reservoir for retaining a liquid. The cap member comprises a sleeve to receive and conduit liquid contained within the reservoir. The applicator further includes a valve member and a dispensing member co-operating with at least the first end of the shaft. The valve member is retained within the sleeve of the cap comprising a substantially flexible shaft having a first end projecting from said sleeve exterior. The valve member is flexibly operable against a bias at said first end to move from a first substantially closed position to a second open position to allow displacement of a quantity of liquid from within the sleeve, onto the dispensing member, for subsequent application.01-14-2010
20090302055CARTRIDGE DISPENSER - There is provided herein a reusable dispensing apparatus (12-10-2009
20120104036Temperature-Compensated Dispensing of Compressed Gases - Method for dispensing a gas comprising (a) providing a gas storage system containing pressurized gas and having at least first and second gas storage volumes, first and second flow control valves in flow communication with the first and second gas storage volumes, respectively, wherein each flow control valve is initially closed, and wherein the first gas storage volume has a smaller volumetric capacity than the second gas storage volume; (b) selecting a reference temperature; (c) measuring the ambient temperature; (d) providing a gas receiving vessel and placing it in flow communication with each flow control valve and with the gas storage system; and (e) initiating delivery of the gas by (i) opening the first flow control valve when the ambient temperature is equal to or greater than the reference temperature or (ii) opening the second flow control valve when the ambient temperature is less than the reference temperature.05-03-2012
20120217262AIR BUBBLE INGRESS PREVENTION MECHANISM, LIQUID MATERIAL DISCHARGE DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME, AND LIQUID MATERIAL DISCHARGE METHOD - Disclosed are an air bubble ingress prevention mechanism, a liquid material discharge device provided with the air bubble ingress prevention mechanism, and a liquid material discharge method, with which a constant filled state can be achieved without variations and without requiring any additional equipment when a metering section is filled with liquid material. A discharge device is provided with a metering section which has a flow passage communicating with a nozzle, and a plunger which moves back and forth within the flow passage of the metering section. The discharge device comprises an air bubble ingress prevention mechanism which can be mounted at the end of the metering section on the opposite side to the nozzle, and which includes: a first hole which communicates with the flow passage of the metering section, and within which the plunger moves back and forth; a first sealing member which is provided at the end of the first hole at the nozzle side; a second sealing member which is provided at the end of the first hole at the opposite side to the nozzle; and a second hole which communicates with the side face of the first hole.08-30-2012
20090071975DOOR HANDLE DISPENSER FOR SANITIZING LIQUIDS - A door handle and liquid dispensing apparatus includes a housing configured to attach to an associated door and a porous material. The housing at least partially defines a reservoir configured to hold a liquid for cleaning a person's hand when the person opens the associated door. The porous material is disposed in and extends from the reservoir. A portion of the porous material is disposed adjacent a location typically touched by the person's hand when opening the associate door.03-19-2009
20090065526Apparatus and Method of Providing Concentrated Product Gas - In one aspect, a product gas concentrator is provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus may include: a first process separating absorbable components from a source gaseous mixture, a second process providing concentrated product gas in a continuous output mode, a third process providing concentrated product gas in a pulsed output mode, and a fourth process selectively switching between the continuous and pulsed output modes. In another embodiment, the apparatus may include: a first process pressurizing a source gaseous mixture, a second process separating absorbable components from the pressurized gaseous mixture, a product tank accumulating concentrated product gas for dispensing, an output path, a third process selecting a volume to be dispensed during a predetermined time, a pressure sensor monitoring pressure of the concentrated product gas, and a fourth process controlling flow of the concentrated product gas in response to the selected volume and the monitored pressure.03-12-2009
20090057336BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH A HEAD CAPABLE OF DISPENSING PLURAL DIFFERENT BEVERAGES - A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.03-05-2009
20090057335Magnetizing dispenser for wine, spirit or beverage container - A magnetizing fluid dispenser that allows the beverage to flow through a magnetic field in order to change the tastes or textures of the wine, spirit, and other beverages is provided. The magnetizing dispenser includes a spout and a magnet. The spout is sized and shaped to allow fluid inside the container to be poured out through a predefined path in the spout. The magnet is capable of generating a magnetic field. When the fluid is poured out, it passes through the magnetic field. The relative position of the spout and the magnet is adjustable.03-05-2009
20090266841FLEXIBLE PACKAGES FOR CONNECTION TO A DISPENSING SYSTEM AND CLAMPING DEVICES FOR RELEASABLY CONNECTING SUCH PACKAGES TO THE INLET TUBE OF A DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF DISPENSING FLOWABLE MATERIALS FROM FLEXIBLE PACKAGES - A flexible package for holding a flowable material therein and method of use to enable the flowable material to be introduced into a dispensing system via an inlet tube. The flexible package has a body portion and a projection which forms a mouth for the package and is in communication with the interior of the package. The projection is openable for receipt of the inlet tube and is arranged to be clamped into engagement with the inlet tube to form a fluid-tight interface by use of a clamping mechanism. The fluid-tight interface is releasable, when desired.10-29-2009
20090266840Substance Injecting Apparatuses and Methods for Using Same - A chemical injection system, comprising: a drive mechanism; a housing removably attached to the drive mechanism; at least one chemical inlet located on the housing; and, a valve spool located within the housing and provided with at least one chemical pass-through port, wherein the drive mechanism rotates the valve spool to align the chemical pass-through port with the chemical inlet.10-29-2009
20120223097HOUSEHOLD CLEANING APPLIANCE WITH A DISPENSING SYSTEM OPERABLE BETWEEN A SINGLE USE DISPENSING SYSTEM AND A BULK DISPENSING SYSTEM - An apparatus and method for operating a dispensing system as a non-bulk dispensing system or a bulk dispensing system in a household cleaning appliance.09-06-2012
20120223096Method and Apparatus for Providing a Selectable Beverage - Methods and apparatuses for providing a selectable beverage from a post-mix beverage dispenser are provided. In one embodiment, the method for providing a beverage having a separately selected color from a post-mix beverage dispensing system comprises: (a) providing at least two beverage bases for dispense from the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (b) separately storing at least two colorants in the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (c) receiving a request for a selected beverage base and the separately selected color with a computer processor; and (d) in response to the selection of the selected beverage base and the separately selected color, automatically dispensing through a single faucet of the post-mix beverage dispensing system, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, the selected beverage base and at least one of the colorants to provide the beverage having the separately selected color.09-06-2012
20110011886Portable data collection sterilization dispenser and holder assembly - A dispenser assembly is provided for dispensing disinfectant to a user upon the detection of a signal. The dispenser assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity and a container disposed within the cavity and releasably secured to the main housing. The container contains a fluid therewithin. An electronics unit is coupled to the main housing and includes a sensor for detecting the signal. The electronics unit includes a controller for producing a reminder alert in response to the detection of the signal to remind the user to activate the dispenser assembly to dispense fluid from the container.01-20-2011
20110011885WATER COOLER - A water cooler includes a reservoir with an inlet and an outlet. The water cooler is separated into two compartments by a wall containing at least one opening allowing fluid communication between the compartments. A cooling element extends from a bottom surface of the reservoir through the bottom compartment and through the wall and into the top compartment. Water enters the top compartment through an inlet where it is cooled before flowing into the bottom compartment through any openings in the wall. Water exits the bottom compartment through an outlet.01-20-2011
20090020553FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM SUITABLE FOR DISPENSING LIQUID FLAVORINGS - A fluid dispensing apparatus includes a pulse generator coupled to a pump that operates in discrete cycles. Each cycle includes a first part in which fluid is drawn into the pump through an inlet, and a second part in which fluid is expelled from the pump through an outlet. Each cycle results in a discrete, consistent volume of fluid being expelled. The pulse generator transmits discrete pulses to the pump, causing the pump to operate for a set number of cycles per pulse. The total number of cycles is a multiple of the number of pulses transmitted, so that the number of pulses determines the volume of fluid dispensed. Alternatively, the pump is driven through increments of the second part of the cycle, with the number of pulses supplied to the pump determining the proportion of the second part of the cycle completed, and therefore the volume of fluid dispensed.01-22-2009
20090255953DISPENSER AND PROCESS - A dispenser (10-15-2009
20090039107IN-STORE TESTER DEVICE AND METHOD - A device and method is provided which allows a consumer prior to purchase to test a skin lotion or cream product in a retail establishment. The device includes a housing sealed against entry by the consumer and having external walls with at least three panel areas for communicating marketing information. A reservoir within the housing stores the product. A dispensing outlet allows exit from the reservoir of a unit sample of product. A motion sensor on the device detects the consumer's hand near an area of the outlet. A drip tray beneath the outlet collects any wastage of the sample not intercepted by the consumer's hand.02-12-2009
20090236361Liquid Food Dispenser System and Method - A system and method for dispensing fluids is introduced. A preferred embodiment comprises a sealed tank, a bag containing fluid inside the sealed tank, an outlet for dispensing the liquid in the bag, and a pressure generating device to create pressure in the sealed tank.09-24-2009
20090236360BULK PACKAGED MATERIAL AND METHODS OF PACKAGING AND DISPENSING MATERIAL - The invention provides packaging and shipping containers used to store and transport a wide variety of materials at substantially lower cost and with less waste.09-24-2009
20130068784EJECTION LIQUID AND EJECTION METHOD - The ejection liquid of the present invention includes a compound having a guanidine group, and a carboxyl group or a sulfonic acid group in one molecule, and being represented by the general formula (1), or a salt of the compound, for the purpose of stably ejecting a solution including at least one of a protein and a peptide by imparting thermal energy to the solution.03-21-2013
20130068783Spray Dispenser - A method of operating a dispensing system includes the step of alternating between active and lockout modes within a first timing sequence, wherein during the active mode at least one sensor is active to detect sensory input, and whereupon detection of the sensory input results in product being released from a first container, and wherein during a lockout mode product is not released from the first container. The method further includes the step of alternating between active and lockout modes within a second timing sequence, wherein during the active period at least one sensor is active to detect sensory input, and whereupon detection of the sensory input results in fluid being released from a second container, and wherein during a lockout mode fluid is not released from the second container. The expiration of the first timing sequence, and the initiation of the second timing sequence, occurs from at least one of the lapsing of a time interval, sensory input, and manual input from a user.03-21-2013
20090302054Tube squeezing device - A tube squeezing device for squeezing a tube of toothpaste. The device comprises of a body that houses a tubular structure. The tubular structure holds the bottom end of a collapsible tube of toothpaste. When the tubular structure is turned, the toothpaste within the tube of toothpaste is expelled.12-10-2009
20090014466Method and apparatus for advertising adjacent to a beverage dispenser to facilitate advertising income device placement in high traffic venues - An apparatus and method for advertising adjacent to a beverage dispenser to reduce the cost of placing and maintaining a beverage dispenser in a retail outlet. A beverage dispenser, and most preferably a beverage dispenser that is specially equipped to display advertisements for at least one of the beverages being dispensed, is placed in a retail outlet. The advertisements are displayed over a period of time and preferably the amount of beverage dispensed during that time period is tracked and recorded. The amount of beverage dispensed can then be used to calculate an advertising fee to be paid by the beverage producer. The advertising fee is used to offset the purchase or lease price of the beverage dispenser, and is most preferably paid directly to the preferred provider of the beverage dispenser.01-15-2009
20090008408Optically keyed dispenser - A method of controlling operation of a mechanism, preferably a dispenser, having a removable component comprising the steps of measuring electromagnetic radiation passing through a waveguide carrying at least in part on the removable component and permitting operation of the mechanism only when the measured electromagnetic radiation corresponds with one or more pre-selected parameters. Preferably, the method involves directing emitted electromagnetic radiation with pre-selected input parameters selected from a plurality of input parameters.01-08-2009
20130213997DISPENSING VESSEL FOR CLOTHES DRYER - A dispensing vessel for introducing moisture into a clothes drying environment includes a core and a cover substantially surrounding the core. The core is configured to at least temporarily retain a moistening substance therein. The cover includes a plurality of protuberances sized and dimensioned to lift and separate individual clothing articles when the dispensing vessel is disposed within a clothes drying environment with clothing articles. Each protuberance includes a flattened tip at a distal end thereof, a fill opening defined therethrough to provide access to an interior of the cover from an exterior of the cover, and one or more dispensing openings. Each dispensing opening is disposed at the flattened tip of a respective protuberance of the plurality of protuberances and provides access to an exterior of the cover from an interior of the cover.08-22-2013
20120234857Additive dispensing system and method - A liquid metering device that dispenses liquid into an adjacent reservoir at a precise ratio relative to the total volume of the adjacent reservoir as the reservoir is filled with liquid. The hydrostatic dispensing system includes an additive reservoir, a calibrated dispensing vessel, a hydrostatic pressure chamber, a pressure limiter, and a three-way valve that passively arms and dis-arms the system.09-20-2012
20120234856MULTIFUNCTION PMDC MOTOR APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A control circuit for a PMDC motor used in an ice delivery apparatus, the circuit including a double pole double throw relay that switches both sides of the circuit and peripheral circuitry connected between a power source and the double pole double throw relay to rectify the power source and power the PMDC motor.09-20-2012
20080296316COAT/DEVELOP MODULE WITH SHARED DISPENSE - An apparatus for dispensing fluid during semiconductor substrate processing operations. The apparatus includes a central fluid dispense bank comprising a plurality of dispense nozzles coupled to a plurality of fluid sources and a first processing chamber positioned to a first side of the central fluid dispense bank. The apparatus also includes a second processing chamber positioned to a second side of the central fluid dispense bank and a dispense arm adapted to translate between the central fluid dispense bank, the first processing chamber, and the second processing chamber.12-04-2008
20080296315Method and apparatus for dispensing a viscous material on a substrate - A dispensing apparatus for dispensing viscous material on an electronic substrate includes a frame, a support coupled to the frame to receive electronic substrates, a first dispensing unit configured to dispense viscous material, a second dispensing unit configured to dispense viscous material, and a gantry coupled to the frame. The gantry comprises a first Z drive mechanism configured to support the first dispensing unit and lower the first dispensing unit toward a first electronic substrate pattern when performing a dispense operation, and a second Z drive mechanism configured to support the second dispensing unit and lower the second dispensing unit toward a second electronic substrate pattern when performing a dispense operation. The second Z drive mechanism is capable of being adjusted relative to the first Z drive mechanism a predetermined distance. A controller is configured to control a dispense operation of the first dispensing unit on the first electronic substrate pattern and a dispense operation of the second dispensing unit on the second electronic substrate pattern. Methods of dispensing viscous material are further disclosed.12-04-2008
20120267388Substantially Rigid Collapsible Liner and Flexible Gusseted or Non-Gusseted Liners and Methods of Manufacturing the Same and Methods for Limiting Choke-Off in Liners - The present disclosure relates to a blow-molded, rigid collapsible liner that can be suitable particularly for smaller storage and dispensing systems. The rigid collapsible liner may be a stand-alone liner, e.g., used without an outer container, and may be dispensed from a fixed pressure dispensing can. Folds in the rigid collapsible liner may be substantially eliminated, thereby substantially reducing or eliminating the problems associated with pinholes, weld tears, and overflow. The present disclosure also relates to flexible gusseted or non-gusseted liners, which is scalable in size and may be used for storage of up to 200 L or more. The flexible gusseted liner may be foldable, such that the liner can be introduced into a dispensing can. The liner can be made of thicker materials, substantially reducing or eliminating the problems associated pinholes, and may include more robust welds, substantially reducing or eliminating the problems associated weld tears.10-25-2012
20110042407PACKAGES HAVING BUBBLE CLOSURES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME - A flexible package for holding a fluid is disclosed. The flexible package includes a flexible body defining an inner cavity and a throat portion. It also includes a fluid filled or bubble closure disposed in the throat portion that is configured to seal the inner cavity and defines an interface area therein. A metering chamber is provided that permits fluid communication from the inner cavity to the metering chamber via the interface area. The fluid communication is facilitated by an increase in pressure in the inner cavity. A method of filling and dispensing contents or fluid from a flexible package is also disclosed. A method of forming a flexible package is further disclosed. Various bubble closures can be tubular, dome-shaped, hollow fluid-filled, solid, and the like.02-24-2011
20110127293DEVICE FOR STORING AND DISPENSING FLUIDS - The present invention relates a device for storing and dispensing a fluid. The device includes an elongated container, an outlet component, and a movable dispensing component. The present invention also relates to a kit that includes the device of the present invention and a filling attachment for refilling the device with a fluid. The present invention also relates to a kit that includes a compilation of component parts comprising the elongated container, the outlet component, and the movable dispensing component of the device of the present invention. The kit can further include a filament for directly or indirectly anchoring the movable dispensing component to the elongated container. The kit can also include a filling attachment comprising an attachment end and an adapter end. The present invention further relates to a method for storing a fluid, a method for dispensing a fluid, and a method for storing, dispensing, and refilling a fluid.06-02-2011
20110253740METHOD, A DEVICE AND A SYSTEM FOR METERING OF POWDER - A method for metering powder material from a powder material source by a metering device connected to the source. The device is charged from the source with a batch of powder material in a charging configuration. The batch is discharged from the device in a discharging configuration. The source is connected with a metering piston space in the charging configuration via a first channel of a fixed metering channel hub. The volume of the space is controlled between a metering piston and a hub peripheral surface by controlling the piston position in the space, thereby charging the volume with powder material by gravity. The metering space is turned around the hub, thereby leaving the charging configuration. The volume filled with material is enclosed until reaching the discharging configuration. The metering piston space is connected with a discharge opening via a second channel of the hub for discharging the material contained in the enclosed volume. Also a device and a system.10-20-2011
20110278322METHODS FOR RESETTING STALLED PUMPS IN ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED DISPENSING SYSTEMS - A system and related method is disclosed for resetting a stalled pump in a fluid dispensing system. In one embodiment, the presence of a user's hand is detected to start a pump actuator associated with a refill container. A controller associated with a motor actuates the pump actuator by rotating a motor shaft in a first direction. The current sensor is monitored and when the current sensor detects a predetermined level of current the motor shaft is reversed to a starting position.11-17-2011
20100264163Product Dispensing Apparatus And Method - A product dispensing apparatus is described having a product meter and an distribution system. A sensor is provided along a product passage between the meter and the distribution system. The sensor has a plurality of receivers, each receiver only covering a small portion of the product passage whereby the resolution of the sensor is increased to be able to detect relatively small particles. For certain small particles or low rate application, the sensor counts individual particles to determine the application rate. For larger particles or high application rates, the sensor measures an output signal attenuation to determine the application rate. A controller then varies the meter drive to produce the desired application rate.10-21-2010
20110017773Methodology and Apparatus for Storing and Dispensing Liquid Components to Create Custom Formulations - The invention is directed to methodologies and apparatuses in which materials are dispensed in order to create a desired finished product. The invention permits the dispensing of a specific amount of material in a controllable, metered fashion.01-27-2011
20120097702DISPENSER AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING DENTAL MATERIAL - The present invention is preferably directed to a dispenser of the type sold by 3M ESPE under the trade name Pentamix and as also described above. Such a dispenser preferably comprises at least a first and a second compartment for a first reservoir and a second reservoir, respectively, the first and the second reservoirs containing a first and a second component for the dental material, respectively. It further preferably comprises a first and a second plunger driven by a first drive for advancing the first and the second components from the first and the second reservoirs, respectively. Moreover, a dynamic mixer driven by a second drive for automatically mixing the first and second components to form the dental material from the first and second components is provided. Such a dispenser further preferably has a dispensing portion or mixing tip for dispensing the mixed dental material. The present invention is more particularly directed to a dispenser or method adapted for advancing and mixing at least one dental material, comprising at least one drive which is operated on a predetermined, non-uniform drive speed profile. Preferably an advancing speed profile is provided for advancing the components and/or a mixing speed profile is provided for mixing the components, and either profile may be a “drive speed profile” as that term is used herein. More preferably both profiles are provided.04-26-2012
20110089191Unit Dose Dispensing Apparatus - A composition dispensing apparatus which can deliver an repeatable and accurate unit dose of a composition comprising: a compressible container; a unit dose delivery system comprising an entry element, an exit element, side walls and a dosage chamber; a dispensing aperture; wherein the linear movement ratio of the exit element to the entry element is about 1 or less.04-21-2011
20090026220DOUBLE-ACTION FLUID WEIGHING AND DISPENSING PROCESS AND SYSTEM - Apparatus and process for dispensing fluids, such as chemical concrete admixtures, using an air-operated pump and load cell for supporting and measuring at least substantially 100% of the weight of the pump and fluid dispensed through the pump. A double-action, dual piston design of the air-operated pump allows positive air pressure to be used during both fluid-filling and fluid-expelling phases.01-29-2009
20090308886METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING AND DISPENSING REAGENT BEADS - Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge. The cover tape is insertable through the stripping gap to be pulled against the stripping edge to peel the cover tape from the bead carrier to move the wells of the bead carrier inside the channel toward the dispense opening and expose the wells individually to dispense the reagent beads.12-17-2009
20090032548FUEL DISPENSER AND METHOD OF TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION IN A FUEL DISPENSER - A temperature compensating fuel dispenser comprises a fuel-handling compartment, an electronics compartment, a barrier separating said compartments, and at least two fuel lines in the fuel-handling compartment. Each fuel line is provided with a flow meter and a temperature sensor. The fuel dispenser has a compensator device for compensating a flow measured by the flow meters based on a temperature measured by the temperature sensors. A control unit is arranged in the electronics compartment connected to each flow meter by a respective communication line. The means for compensating the measured fuel flow comprises one compensator for each flow meter arranged in the fuel-handling compartment in connection with the respective flow meter. The communication lines are connected between the respective flow meters and the control unit through a common intrinsically safe passage in the barrier. A method for compensating a measured fuel flow for a temperature of the fuel is also disclosed.02-05-2009
20090272762Two stage grease gun - A two stage grease gun with a handle capable of being actuated by a user is provided. The gun includes a high volume/low pressure piston for delivery of grease at a high volume and low pressure. A high pressure/low volume piston for delivery of grease at a high pressure and low volume is also included. Acutation of the handle by the user causes both pistons to move. A by-pass check valve is present and is configured to actuate based upon a backpressure. The by-pass check valve is not actuated by the user and effects the amount of grease dispensed by way of the high volume/low pressure piston. An associated method is also provided.11-05-2009
20120285988WINE EXTRACTION AND PRESERVATION DEVICE AND METHOD - 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.11-15-2012
20120285990Viscous Material Noncontact Jetting System - A viscous material noncontact jetting system has a jetting dispenser mounted for relative motion with respect to a surface. A control is operable to cause the jetting dispenser to jet a viscous material droplet that is applied to the surface as a viscous material dot. A device, such as a camera or weigh scale, is connected to the control and provides a feedback signal representing a size-related physical characteristic of the dot applied to the surface. The size-related physical characteristics of subsequently applied dots is controlled by heating and cooling, or adjusting a piston stroke in the jetting dispenser, in response to the size-related physical characteristic feedback. Dispensed material volume control and velocity offset compensation are also provided.11-15-2012
20120285989Systems and Methods of Selecting and Dispensing Products - Embodiments of a dispensing system for dispensing a number of products to a user are disclosed. The dispensing system may include an input/output device and a dispenser. The input/output device may be adapted to receive a selection of one of the products from the user. The dispenser may be adapted to dispense a plurality of diluent components, the diluent components and a ratio of the diluent components corresponding at least in part to the selection of the user.11-15-2012
20120285985System and Method for Dispensing Additives to a Container - A method and system for liquid dispensing provides an additive to a base liquid in a container. The additive may be enclosed by an additive bladder that is contained in a container cap and supported by a retaining element having an additive dispensing hole. When the cap is screwed down, a concave element in the cap may press the additive bladder and dispense the additive.11-15-2012
20120285984PRESSURE CANISTERS FOR AUTOMATED DELIVERY OF COATING COMPOSITIONS - Systems for delivering coating compositions are disclosed. The system may include a support base for supporting a container of a coating composition and a pressure canister movable in relation to the support base from an open position to a closed position in which the pressure canister surrounds the coating composition container and forms a seal with the support base. The system may include a pressure canister that is movable from a delivery position in which the canister is pressurized to a cleaning position in which the canister may be cleaned by a cleaning fixture. The pressure canisters are useful in automated systems for delivering various types of coating formulations.11-15-2012
20120292337SPRAY CAN HANDLE ATTACHMENT AND METHOD OF USING - A handle attachment configured to provide a secure handle for a spray can and enable the operation of a dispenser valve of the spray can. The attachment includes a housing that defines a grip, a cap coupled to the housing, and an actuation device pivotally mounted to the housing. The cap has a C-shaped rim surrounding an opening that is sized to accommodate a valve mounting cup of the spray can. The rim has a lower portion in which a flange and slots are defined. The slots enable the lower portion of the rim to deflect radially outward relative to the remainder of the rim above the slots. The rigidity of the rim above its lower portion is increased with a ring that compresses the rim above the lower portion and/or a shoulder that defines an increased wall thickness of the cap above the lower portion.11-22-2012
20100170916CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS - A control system for a beverage dispensing apparatus, wherein the beverage dispensing apparatus comprises at least one line system with at least one rising line and a tapping line and at least one holder for beverage, wherein the control system comprises a flow sensor, wherein the control system comprises operating means for switching between a first condition in which beverage can be dispensed from the holder via the tapping line and the rising line is separated from the tapping line and a second condition in which rinsing liquid and/or water can be introduced via the rinsing line into the tapping line and the holder is separated from the tapping line and the rinsing line.07-08-2010
20110290821Anti-viral compositions and methods for administration - Certain embodiments disclosed relate to compositions, including therapeutic compositions, methods, articles of manufacture, systems, and devices. Certain embodiments relate to anti-viral compositions, methods, articles of manufacture, systems and devices.12-01-2011
20130020350METHOD OF DISPENSING PESTICIDAL BAIT AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED DISPENSING DEVICE - A method of dispensing a pesticidal bait with an electrically powered dispensing device is provided. A fluid dispensing device and system provides the user the ability to deposit controlled and precise amounts of a substance in specific target areas with capacity to record and transfer the information for diverse user defined purposes. The substance dispensed by the device can easily be deposited into desired locations. Viewing of the dispensed material and its location is enhanced with the aid of a light source if there is not sufficient light available to see adequately.01-24-2013
20130020349ACTIVATED CARBON CRYOGELS AND RELATED METHODS - Carbon cryogels, methods for making the carbon cryogels, methods for storing a gas using the carbon cryogels, and devices for storing and delivering a gas using the carbon cryogels.01-24-2013
20110284575Magazine Loading of Solid Products and Method of Dispensing Same - A method of dispensing a first solid product and a second solid product with a solid product dispenser includes placing the first solid product in a product housing of the dispenser and placing the second solid product in the product housing on top of the first solid product, the first and second solid products being different products. A portion of the first solid product is dispensed during at least a first cycle of the dispenser until the first solid product has been partially depleted to a size small enough to allow the second solid product to also be dispensed, then a portion of the first solid product and a portion of the second solid product are dispensed during at least a second cycle of the dispenser until the first solid product has been completely depleted, and then a portion of the second solid product is dispensed during at least a third cycle of the dispenser.11-24-2011
20110284576FLUID STORAGE AND DISPENSING VESSELS HAVING COLORIMETRICALLY VERIFIABLE LEAK-TIGHTNESS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A fluid storage and dispensing vessel having associated therewith a colorimetric member that is effective to change color in exposure to leakage of a gas contained in the vessel. The colorimetric member may be constituted by a film, e.g., of a shrink-wrap character, that contains or is otherwise associated with a colorimetric agent undergoing color change in exposure to fluid leaking from the vessel. Such shrink-wrap film may be applied to a portion of the vessel susceptible to leakage, or alternatively to the entire vessel, so that the film is colorimetrically effective to indicate the occurrence of a leakage event by visually perceptible change of color.11-24-2011
20110284574HOT BEVERAGE MAKER WITH CUP-ACTUATED DISPENSER - A hot beverage maker has a stand, fresh water reservoir, a removable tank, and a spring-biased actuator means for dispensing brewed beverages. The tank includes a reservoir portion and the reservoir portion is adapted to hold a brewed liquid so that the tank comprises a fluid bucket when removed from the hot beverage maker. The tank is placed on a platform in a mating relationship so as to engage a warmer plate to keep the contents of the tank warm. The hot beverage maker produces a brewed beverage that is stored in the tank. The dispenser actuator may be engaged by a vessel for holding a hot beverage in order to commence the dispensing of the brewed beverage from the tank.11-24-2011
20110284573METHOD OF PROVIDING A TARGET DOSE, POWDER PROVIDER DEVICE AND ITS USE - The disclosure relates to a method of providing in a powder provider device a target dose of an active pharmaceutical ingredient present in a powder preparation. The active ingredient in a powder sample is analyzed and a powder volume corresponding to the target dose is calculated. The positions of wall portions forming a hole are adjusted relative to each other for receiving the calculated powder volume in the hole. The disclosure also relates to a method of providing a target volume of powder, a powder provider device and a use of a powder dosing system.11-24-2011
20100089943METHOD OF STORING BEER KEGS AND DISPENSING BEER IN A COMMERCIAL BAR OR RESTAURANT, A METHOD OF STORING BEVERAGE BARRELS IN A COMMERCIAL BAR OR RESTAURANT, AND AN APPARATUS THEREFOR - A method of storing beer kegs and dispensing beer in a commercial bar or restaurant, a method of storing beverage barrels in a commercial bar or restaurant, and an apparatus therefor. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.04-15-2010
20100089944REPLACEABLE CONCENTRATE/EXTRACT CARTRIDGE FOR A LIQUID CONCENTRATE/EXTRACT BEVERAGE DISPENSER - A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.04-15-2010
20110163117REFRIGERANT WITH LUBRICATING OIL FOR REPLACEMENT OF R22 REFRIGERANT - An apparatus and method wherein potential ozone layer-damaging chlorodifluoromethane (Refrigerant R-22) is substituted with a mix of less environmentally damaging refrigerants pentafluoroethane and tetrafluoroethane in chlorodifluoromethane-based air-cooling systems mainly in residential cooling. While less environmentally damaging than chlorodifluoromethane, the substitute refrigerant has a temperature-pressure relationship similar to that of chlorodifluoromethane, making the substitute refrigerant suitable for use with chlorodifluoromethane-based air-cooling systems. In this event, it is mixed with a relatively small percentage of a lubricating oil which is compatible with both the unit refrigerant and typical R-22 system design.07-07-2011
20110095047 MULTIPLE FUNCTION DISPENSER - A method of dispensing different concentrations of chemical concentrate from a concentrate container at different flow rates. The method includes providing a stream of water and a chemical concentrate adapted to be diluted in the stream of water between an inlet of a body member and an outlet of the body member to provide a fluid concentration dispensable from the outlet at one of a plurality of flow rates, rotating at least a portion of an eductor to vary one of a volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, sliding the eductor to vary the other of the volume of chemical concentrate and the flow rate, and selectively dispensing the fluid concentration through the outlet.04-28-2011
20100102080Collapsible Bag for Dispensing Liquids, Method of Manufacturing, and Method of Use Thereof - A collapsible container having at least two opposed flexible walls, an opening through which liquid can be removed, and a flange around the opening. The inner surface of each of the two sidewalls and the internal surface of the spout flange preferably have depressions and raised areas between the depressions. Typically, the depressions are not continuous and the raised areas are continuous. The depressions of one wall or flange cooperate with the depressions on the opposed wall to form liquid flow pathways when the wall or flange contacts the opposed wall. The liquid flow pathways allow liquid to pass therethrough instead of being blocked by the contact between a wall or flange and the opposed wall. A method of use and a method of making the bag are also disclosed.04-29-2010
20090277925ARRANGEMENT FOR DISPENSING COLOUR PASTE, APPARATUS AND METHOD - An arrangement for dispensing colour paste, a shading apparatus, a method, a computer program product, and a memory means. The arrangement comprises a piston pump comprising a dispensing channel. The dispensing channel is provided with a substantially different amount of colour paste per travelling length unit when the piston is moving towards the first end of the cylinder than when the piston is moving towards the second end of the cylinder. The arrangement further comprises a valve connected to a dispensing channel. The valve has a dispensing channel connected to a first outlet channel of the valve for conveying colour paste into a can and a by-pass feed channel connected to a second outlet channel of the valve For conveying colour paste past the can for the paste to be shaded.11-12-2009
20120097703Aerosol Systems and Methods for Dispensing Texture Material - Aerosol material for applying a repair coat to an uncoated portion of a substrate substantially to match a coated portion of the substrate using an aerosol assembly comprising a container defining a product chamber and a valve assembly operable in open and closed modes, the aerosol material comprising a base portion, a particulate portion, and a propellant portion. The particulate portion is made of at least one of urethane foam and melamine foam. With the valve assembly in the open mode, the propellant portion in the gas state gas state forces at least part of the base portion, the particulate portion, and the propellant portion in the liquid state out of the product chamber and onto the uncoated portion of the substrate to form the repair coat such that the repair coat substantially matches the coated portion of the substrate.04-26-2012
20100264162FUEL COMPOSITION DISPENSING SYSTEM - The invention provides methods and systems for selecting and blending conventional fuel components into fuel compositions using an input system and for supplying a selected fuel composition into a storage container. The methods and systems incorporate a mixer to mix at least one conventional petroleum-derived fuel component received from the conventional fuel component supply system with at least one second non-petroleum fuel component received from the second fuel component supply to form fuel compositions. The present invention provides for systems and methods of supplying selected blends of conventional petroleum fuel with a non-petroleum derived fuel to provide greater consumer accessibility for petroleum blended with alternative fuels.10-21-2010
20110204084Sample Collection System and Method for Use Thereof - A sample collection system capable of collecting, storing and dispensing a liquid sample is disclosed. The collection system includes a collector composed of a material which has the unique ability to express constituents of interest at levels which are much more concentrated than their levels in the fluid samples from which they are expressed, where the expressed highly concentrated sample can then be used with modern rapid screening/testing protocols, such as solid phase assays, to test for the constituents of interest. Thus, it is now possible to obtain analytes of interest, such as the HIV protein antibodies, from saliva samples at concentrations that are detectable with systems and/or devices that are typically utilized only for blood serum or plasma testing. The collector is sized and shaped to fit within a recovery container, which, in turn, is sized and shaped to fit within a collection tube. The recovery container includes an aperture which does not permit passage of fluid under ambient conditions, but facilitates transfer thereof when subjected to pressure. An optional channel within the collection tube facilitates dispensing of the sample for further processing.08-25-2011
20100108709Cartridge delivery system utilizing film bags - A film pack cartridge includes an integrally molded synthetic resin face plate having a discharge opening therein and a nosepiece on one face extending about the opening, and a flexible synthetic resin bag has one end sealingly adhered to the other face of the face plate and about the discharge opening and with the other end of the bag being sealed. Two bags may be disposed side-by-side or one bag may be of annular configuration with a bag of circular configuration disposed therewithin. The cartridges are produced by mounting generally tubular synthetic resin bags on mandrels which are inserted into a mold providing a cavity about an end of said mandrels and bags configured to provide a face plate and nosepiece. Molten synthetic resin is injected into the cavity to form a face plate with the ends of the bags sealingly adhered thereto. The face plate has a discharge opening therein and a nosepiece about said opening aligned with the end of said bag. The pack and mandrels are removed from the cavity, the bags removed from the mandrels, and other ends of the bags are sealed. Flowable compositions are injected through the nosepiece and into the bags.05-06-2010
20090188938Apparatus for dispensing flavors in specified quantities - An apparatus for dispensing flavors to beverages or food products is provided. A programmable pump apparatus allows for dispensing a varying amount of a selected flavor in response to user input. A main tower is mountable on countertops or other work surfaces such as a home, office, or food preparation area, and allows users to select one or more flavors and control the amount of flavor dispensed. The apparatus may comprise buttons that can be programmed for pour and hold with a specified time-out and a guard time delay to prevent accidental dispensing of flavor.07-30-2009
20120024887Liquid Butter Dispenser - Consistent volumes of viscous fluids are dispensed from a container configured to have a fixed volume, positive displacement pump assembly that receives and dispenses fixed volumes of the viscous liquids. Gravity causes viscous liquid in a container to fall through openings in a check valve. Pressure on the check valve by a user causes the valve to close. Additional pressure from the user drives the pump assembly downwardly to dispense captured liquid. The dispensed volume is controllable by controlling the displacement of an actuating lever Dispensing covers over the discharge holes prevent liquids from leaking out of the container.02-02-2012
20100206899AUTOMATED ICE DELIVERY APPARATUS AND METHODS - An ice vending apparatus that includes a holding vessel, an ice metering device, an ice transferring device, and a device for facilitating the movement of ice through the aperture, such as an ice circulation device or moisture inhibiting device, are provided. The ice circulation device inhibits or prevents the freezing together and buildup of ice pieces within the apparatus, while the moisture inhibiting device inhibits or prevents the undesirable transfer of moisture to different parts of the apparatus. Methods of delivering ice to a consumer are also included.08-19-2010
20090145922Washing Agent Dispenser For A Household Washing Machine, In Particular a Dishwasher - A washing agent dispenser has two washing agent distributors controlled by a same actuation system that comprises a driving member, a driven member and an actuator device. The driven member has a seat in which there is operatively inserted, with possibility of relative movement, an engagement part of the driving member. According to the invention, also the driving member has a seat which, in at least one position of the actuation system, at least partially faces the seat of the driven member. The actuation system further comprises a floating body, able to displace in a controlled way between the two seats when said seats at least partially face one another.06-11-2009
20110168736Dispensing Mechanism Using Long Tubes to Vary Pressure Drop - A fountain-style carbonated soft drink dispenser includes a housing adapted to attach to a beverage container, an actuator for selectively opening a fluid conduit, and one or more long tubes that vary a pressure drop across the dispensing assembly and convey fluid. The resistance through the tube(s) is decreased as the pressure within the container decreases so as to maintain a substantially constant flow rate throughout dispensing.07-14-2011
20100140288APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING A FLUID AND METHODS RELATING THERETO - Apparatus for delivering a fluid, especially for delivering colourants or the like to a premixer stage of plastics forming equipment, for example an injection moulder of extruder is described. The apparatus includes a fluid supply means (06-10-2010
20100116844Enhanced Beverage Dispenser - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for an enhanced beverage dispenser. In preferred embodiments, the beverage dispenser includes: (a) a first flow path in which a first amount of a powder is mixed with water proximal a first whipping chamber to form a first supply of beverage; (b) a second flow path in which a second amount of the same powder is mixed with water proximal a second whipping chamber to form a second supply of the same beverage; and (c) dispensing means positioned downstream of both whipping chambers at which the first and second supplies of beverage converge to provide a high dispensing flow rate. In this regard, a lower flow rate is provided for whipping to inhibit over-foaming of the beverage, while a higher dispensing flow rate is provided for quick-filling of a large-volume beverage container.05-13-2010
20110259912Adhesive Dispenser System - A dispenser system employs a packaging module for use with moisture sensitive materials. The packaging module comprises an outer carton and an inner bladder, which is substantially impermeable to moisture and is filled with one part of an adhesive. The carton is loaded on a mobile cart and the one part adhesive is supplied to a pump/mixer without exposure to moisture in the atmosphere. The packaging and dispensing system can be used in conjunction with mechanized adhesive application equipment for the construction trades.10-27-2011
20110147410Apparatus, System and Methods for Dispensing Products - Products are dispensed from a dispensing apparatus in which products marked with transaction information are received in a two-dimensional array of moveable bins. In response to control information synthesized from transaction information on the products in the bins and a dispense request, the array is operated to place a bin at a dispensing station on the dispensing apparatus. At the dispensing station, a mechanism is operated in response to the control information to provide access to the bin. A product in the bin may then be retrieved.06-23-2011
20110147407METHOD OF PERFORMING A CLEANING OPERATION WITH AN AUTOCLAVABLE BUCKETLESS CLEANING SYSTEM - A method of performing a cleaning operation with an autoclavable bucketless cleaning system is disclosed. The method includes the steps of placing a cleaning solution in an inside of an autoclavable vessel, the vessel having a first connection point and a second connection point disposed at an outside of the vessel, removably connecting an autoclavable outlet regulator assembly on the vessel at the first connection point so as to be in fluid communication with the inside of the vessel, removably connecting an autoclavable inlet regulator assembly on the vessel at the second connection point so as to be in fluid communication with the inside of the vessel, pressurizing the inside of the vessel via the inlet regulator assembly, dispensing cleaning solution from the inside of the vessel via the outlet regulator assembly to clean a designated area, removing any pressurized gas that remains inside the vessel after the designated area is cleaned, removing any cleaning solution that remains inside the vessel after the designated area is cleaned, and autoclaving each of the vessel, the outlet regulator assembly, and the inlet regulator assembly.06-23-2011
20100084425BAG CONSTRUCTION WITH FLAT BOTTOM HAVING REMOVABLE LAYER - A bag construction filled with dispersible material. The bag construction has first and second panel sections, first and second side gusset sections and a bottom gusset panel section. The various panel sections are fastened together to form a generally rectangle shape with a flat bottom. The bottom gusset panel section has one or more distribution apertures in it. A removable panel layer is provided for covering the one or more apertures. When the removable panel layer is removed, the bag can be held so that the dispersible material disperses through the apertures as appropriate.04-08-2010
20100078446Cartridge And Method For The Preparation Of Beverages - A cartridge for use in a beverage preparation machine, the cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, the cartridge comprising an inlet for the introduction of an aqueous medium into the cartridge and an outlet for discharge of a beverage produced from the one or more beverage ingredients, wherein the one or more beverage ingredients is a liquid chocolate ingredient.04-01-2010
20110139810SCENT FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHODS - An apparatus for continuously dispensing a scent fluid includes a canister, a bag positioned in the canister, and a dispensing mechanism. The canister contains a volume of pressurized fluid such as a pressurized gas. The bag contains a volume of the scent fluid. The bag physically separates the pressurized fluid from the volume of scent fluid. The dispensing mechanism is in fluid communication with the volume of scent fluid. The dispensing mechanism is operable to dispense the scent fluid from the canister. The dispensing mechanism may be operable to continuously dispense the volume of scent fluid.06-16-2011
20110139813PORTABLE DISPENSING SYSTEMS - A disposable dispensing device for storing and dispensing fluids, such as liquids and gels is disclosed. The dispensing device is a scalable packaging solution including an outer protective housing or shell, optionally a fluid reservoir, and an orifice from which the materials are expelled. The dispensing device can also include a dispensing button that activates an internal pumping system via an actuator mechanism that translates a force in a first direction into a force in a second direction. The dispensing device is particularly useful for liquids such as fragrances or colons, gels, purified water, dry powders, creams, and pharmaceutical products such as eye or ear drops or sprays. The device by design has many uses, is highly portable, and can include an outer reusable and decorative case.06-16-2011
20090071974LIQUID DELIVERY METHOD AND APPARATUS - [Object] To provide a liquid delivery method and apparatus which can suppress generation of turbulent flows and air bubbles, can prevent the liquid from flowing unintentionally from a suction port to a discharge port, can avoid generation of chips, are hard to damage, and can satisfactorily deliver the liquid.03-19-2009
20090242583VARIABLE FLOW AIR FLOW CONTROLLER - A system for controlling the operation of pneumatic tools includes a controller for controlling the delivery of compressed air to the tool. The controller includes a first flow path that is associated with operation of the pneumatic tool at a first flow rate and a second flow path that is associated with operation of the pneumatic tool at a second flow rate. The controller is configured to automatically configure the system for operation of the pneumatic tool via a flow of air from one of the first flow path or the second flow path. In painting environments, such a system enhances control of the operation of the pump in accommodating a generally stable pump reciprocation rate as fluid viscosities change.10-01-2009
20090166377Multi-Flavor Valve - A multi-flavor valve capable of dispensing at least three flavors of beverages is provided. The valve includes a single-piece injection-molded valve body having at least three syrup flow paths and a water flow path. The valve also includes at least three syrup flow path solenoids for respectively opening and closing the at least three syrup flow paths, and one water flow path solenoid for opening and closing the water flow path. The three syrup flow path solenoids are positioned in the corresponding syrup flow paths, and the water flow path solenoid is positioned in the water flow path, within the valve body. The valve also has at least three beverage flavor switches for selecting any one of the three beverage flavors for dispensation. The valve further includes an electronics module electrically connected to the solenoids and to the beverage flavor switches, the electronics module causing one of the syrup flow path solenoids to open the corresponding syrup flow path of the syrup corresponding to a selected flavor switch, and causing the water flow path solenoid to open the water flow path, thereby causing the multi-flavor valve to dispense the selected beverage flavor.07-02-2009
20100006593METHOD FOR METERING A FIRST AND A SECOND TREATMENT AGENT TO A RINSE CONTAINER OF A DISH WASHER - A method for dispensing a first treating agent and a second treating agent into the washing tub of a dishwasher includes providing each of first and second reservoirs with a sensor for monitoring its fill level. After a first dispensing operation, a controller compares the sensor signals and determines whether a ratio of the fill levels deviates from a ratio of the capacities of the reservoirs. The controller elects either a standard or an alternative subsequent dispensing operation based on whether the fill level ratio deviates from the capacity ratio. The controller chooses the standard subsequent dispensing operation if the fill level ratio does not deviate from the capacity ratio and chooses the alternative subsequent dispensing operation if it does. The alternative subsequent dispensing operation includes changing at least one amount dispensed by dispensing devices compared to a corresponding amount dispensed in the first dispensing operation.01-14-2010
20110121017SINGLE PIECE DEVICE FOR STORING, METERING AND MIXING A POWDER WITH A DILUENT - The invention concerns a device (05-26-2011
20090090740DEVICE TO DISPENSE FLUID PRODUCTS INTO A CONTAINER AND RELATIVE METHOD04-09-2009
20090045216Portable fluid-storage container and method of use thereof - A portable fluid-storage container is disclosed that allows for a selected material to be stored and dispensed at a location where the fluid is needed. The portable fluid-storage container may further condition the fluid to ensure proper characteristics even after prolonged periods of storage, preferably with reduced waste.02-19-2009
20090283540REGULATED FLUID DISPENSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DISPENSING A CARBONATED BEVERAGE - A device and method are provided for dispensing a beverage from a pressurized container. The dispensing device includes an integral source of compressed gas for maintaining the beverage within the container at a desired pressurized state. The dispensing device also includes a regulator for controlling the flow of gas from the compressed gas source to the interior of the container, as well as a pressure relief mechanism that accounts for potential over pressurization of the container. The beverage is selectively dispensed by actuation of a tap handle. Delivery is achieved through the device by a resilient delivery tube, and the delivery tube is either pinched closed or allowed to decompress by the actuation of the tap handle.11-19-2009
20080210707Dispensing spout - A dispensing spout for dispensing pourable contents from a package is described. The spout comprises a shaft having a mouth at its distal end and a flange extending radially around an aperture at its proximal end. The spout is characterized by the flange having an adhesive layer upon its underside for retrofitting the spout to an outer surface of the package. Pourable contents are dispensable from the package in a controlled manner after puncturing the surface of the dispensable package through the aperture.09-04-2008
20080210705Powder feed system - A powder feed system includes a housing that defines a feed chamber to hold powder, the feed chamber having a powder inlet and a powder outlet, at least one feed wheel in the feed chamber, the feed wheel rotating about a feed wheel axis, at least one agitator in the feed chamber positioned to move the powder from the feed wheel to the powder outlet of the feed chamber, the agitator rotating about an agitator axis, and a drive mechanism to rotate the feed wheel about the feed wheel axis and to rotate the agitator about the agitator axis.09-04-2008
20080210706Process for Controlling a Dosing Device for Liquid or Pasty Media; Dosing Device; and Industrial Robot - A dosing apparatus includes a feed device for a liquid or pasty medium, which supplies the medium at a given preliminary pressure. A pressure control valve communicates with the feed device, a dosing pump, particularly a gear pump, is fluidically connected to the pressure control valve, a driving motor that drives the dosing pump, a discharge valve which communicates with the dosing pump and via which the medium is discharged as a volume flow modifiable over time. A control and regulation device feeds a control signal to the pressure control valve in accordance with a predefined setpoint volume flow value. A first pressure sensor detects the input pressure of the medium upstream from the dosing pump, a second pressure sensor detects the output pressure of the medium downstream from the dosing pump. A comparator of the control and regulation device compares the pressure values detected by the first and second pressure sensor, and a control unit modifies the control signal fed to the pressure control valve in order to drive the difference between the first and second pressure values to a given value, especially zero. An industrial robot includes such a dosing apparatus and we disclose a method for controlling such a dosing apparatus.09-04-2008
20110198368CONTAINER LINER AND A METHOD OF DISCHARGING A CONTAINER LINER - The present invention concerns a container liner with an aerate system which reduces the specific bulk density of the powder material inside the liner and thereby improves the flowability of the product. This significantly reduces the unloading time and increases the safety in relation to the discharge process due to a lower response angle and thereby that the required tilting angle of the cargo container is reduced.08-18-2011
20100006594METHOD OF DRAINING A FLEXIBLE CONTAINER HOLDING A VISCOUS PRODUCT - A method and kit for draining a flexible container holding a product having a viscosity of between 10 Pa·s and 200 000 Pa·s. The method includes using a flexible container (01-14-2010
20090272761IMPROVED DISPENSING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to apparatus for the storing and dispensing of products. In particular, the present invention relates to apparatus for the storing and dispensing of inter-reactive compounds wherein the inter-reactive compounds are mixed on extrusion or expulsion.11-05-2009
20090272760 Fluid Containing and Dispersing Apparatus - A fluid containing and dispersing apparatus comprising, in one embodiment, a primary fluid containing chamber and a secondary fluid containing chamber, wherein said primary fluid chamber is primarily intended to contain fluids safe to touch (such as water) and said secondary chamber is primarily intended to contain other fluids (that may or may not be safe to touch). The fluid containing and dispersing apparatus features a collapsible and flexible nozzle with interchangeable fluid distribution heads, along with numerous internal and external chambers for carrying supplies, tools and equipment. Also features an easy to use pump apparatus with a fluid measuring display and a time recording feature. This design also features the secondary fluid containment chamber being used as a side handle to more efficiently use space as opposed to designs featured in the prior art.11-05-2009
20090294469Mass-Based Powder Dispensing - Mass-based dispensing of a powder product includes a system that dispenses a powder product containing an active ingredient from a product container. The system initiates a dispense cycle at a first, higher dispense rate. The system continuously determines, as the powder product is dispensed, the amount or weight of the powder product that has been dispensed. Once a transition criteria has been satisfied, the system adjusts the dispense rate to a second, lower dispense rate. The system dispenses the powder product at the second, lower dispense rate until a requested amount of the powder product has been dispensed.12-03-2009
20110204083TUBULAR DRY POWDER FEEDERS WITH AXIALLY APPLIED VIBRATION FOR DRY POWDER FILLING SYSTEMS - Tubular dry powder feed systems with an in-line actuator that applies a flow vibration signal axially. The flow vibration signal can be a harmonic or non-harmonic signal, such as a sinusoidal, saw tooth, square wave or other signal and may be frequency or amplitude modulated.08-25-2011
20120285986SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZED BEVERAGES - A system for the automated preparation and delivery of customized beverages is disclosed. The system is deployed as a kiosk or similar device and provides an automated user-customizable drink purchasing experience. The user can select the desired base, add-in ingredients, etc. and receive a drink that has been prepared in accordance with the user preferences. In addition, individual and aggregate user preferences and purchasing habits (e.g., quantity and type of drink purchased, frequency of purchases, location of purchases, etc.) can be tracked, stored, and used to provide targeted marketing messages, including special discounts, promotions, etc.11-15-2012
20090266839Method and Device for Producing a Multicomponent Compound - The method and the device for producing a multicomponent compound, in particular for dental purposes, is characterized in that the drives of the pistons of cartridges are initially moved with a higher speed until air pockets in the cartridges are eliminated and said cartridges are filled only with the component, and in that the feed speed is then reduced to constant values with which the components can be pressed out.10-29-2009
20110204085FLUID-JET MEDICAMENT DELIVERY - A method of applying an orally-ingestible medicament to an orally-ingestible carrier comprising the steps of controlling a relative position between a fluid ejector and the carrier, and ejecting a plurality of drops of solution onto the carrier, wherein the plurality of drops includes a desired therapeutic quantity of the orally-ingestible medicament.08-25-2011
20100102081Dispensing Apparatus and Method for Semi-Solid Product - Dispensing apparatus is primarily intended for dispensing product from product containers by extrusion. In controlling discharge of product a flexible tube is connected to the container outlet and the tube is engageable with drive means for deforming the tube and controlling product discharged along the tube to an outlet nozzle. Usually there will be valves towards the entry and exit of the flexible tube and the drive means engages the tube between the spaced positions.04-29-2010
20080251532BATCH-WISE DISPENSING, FEEDING, AND/OR PACKAGING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM - A device, method and system for dispensing of material into a packaging unit is disclosed herein. An exemplary device may have a movable vessel for holding the material prior to dispensing into packing unit. The movable vessel may have walls and a bottom with two or more nozzles extend from the bottom. The nozzles open and close controlling the flow of material from the movable vessel into the packaging unit. The exemplary device may also have a plunger sized to fit within the movable vessel. The plunger provides a seal between a rim of the plunger and the walls of the movable vessel and allows movement in a lateral motion to apply pressure to material within the movable vessel.10-16-2008
20100127015BEVERAGE PROPORTIONING - A semi-frozen beverage dispenser with an improved flow proportioning mechanism is provided. In a filling cycle, a first valve regulating the syrup flow opens first to deliver a predetermined volume before it closes and a second valve regulating the water flow opens to deliver a volume according to the desired water to syrup ratio. A common flow sensor measures the liquid flow volume for both the syrup and water and provides the information to the control system. If it takes too long to deliver the expected volume, the system gives out a liquid-low warning.05-27-2010
20080283551METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADMINISTERING MICRO-INGREDIENT FEED ADDITIVES TO ANIMAL FEED RATIONS - A method and apparatus are provided for administering micro-ingredient feed additives to animal feed rations. The apparatus may be referred to as a system which includes a number of discrete components which cooperate together to ultimately deliver micro-ingredients to a desired location, such as a feed mixer containing a feed ration. Structure is provided for storing, measuring, dispensing, and conveying the micro-ingredients. Measuring of the micro-ingredients may be achieved by loss in weight, gain in weight, or volumetric metering methods. Transport by a liquid carrier such as water may be achieved by providing one or a plurality of conveyance pumps connected to a transport line. The system is operated by a control unit which controls components of the system to achieve delivery of specified amounts and types of micro-ingredients to the feed ration.11-20-2008
20080283550Beverage Dispenser - A method and apparatus for dispensing a post-mix beverage in which a disposable concentrate unit 11-20-2008
20080308574Optically keyed dispenser - A method of controlling operation of a mechanism, preferably a dispenser, having a removable component comprising the steps of measuring electromagnetic radiation passing through a wave guide carrying at least in part on the removable component and permitting operation of the mechanism only when the measured electromagnetic radiation corresponds with one or more pre-selected parameters. Preferably, the method involves directing emitted electromagnetic radiation with pre-selected input parameters selected from a plurality of input parameters.12-18-2008
20130119080SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECYCLING INKJET-PRINTING MATERIAL - The present invention provides a system and a method for recycling an inkjet-printing material. The recycling method comprises the following steps: utilizing a wiper configured to withdraw the inkjet-printing material dispensed by the nozzles, and collecting the inkjet-printing material by means of a recycling tank; mixing a fresh inkjet-printing material with the inkjet-printing material collected by the recycling tank, so as to form a reuse inkjet-printing material; and providing the reuse inkjet-printing material to the nozzles. The present invention can greatly save the inkjet-printing material.05-16-2013
20130119081GREASE GUN - A grease gun includes a housing, a motor positioned within the housing, a pump assembly coupled to and driven by the motor, and a chamber supported by the housing in fluid communication with the pump assembly. The chamber is configured to store a liquid. The grease gun also includes an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and a measurement system operable to measure an amount of liquid being dispensed through the outlet. The measurement system monitors a change in current of the motor over a cycle of the pump assembly, compares the change in current to a predetermined value, and, if the change in current is greater than the predetermined value, increases a pump cycle counter to indicate that liquid was dispensed.05-16-2013
20130119082APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LAUNDERING CYCLE BY SENSING WASH AID CONCENTRATION - An automatic washing machine can be operated in accordance with a selected wash cycle by determining a concentration of a wash aid prior to a dispensing of the wash aid into at least one of a tub and a drum, and selecting an operating parameter of the automatic washing machine in response to the determined concentration.05-16-2013
20090008407Alcoholic Beverage Dispenser With Additive Injection - A system for introducing liquid additive into an alcoholic beverage is characterized by an alcoholic beverage dispensing faucet and at least one liquid additive delivery line routed between a supply of liquid additive and the faucet. Liquid additive may optionally, incident to dispensing alcoholic beverage and under control of a user of the faucet, be delivered through the at least one delivery line for introduction into the dispensed alcoholic beverage.01-08-2009
20110006075Liquid dispenser apparatus - According to an embodiment of the invention, the invention relates to an apparatus for dispensing liquid, which apparatus is arranged to detect an object (01-13-2011
20090261122SYSTEM FOR FAILSAFE CONTROLLED DISPENSING OF LIQUID MATERIAL - A system and method are provided for selectively containing and dispensing a predetermined liquid material in and from a source container in failsafe manner, wherein a housing is disposed to receive a pressurized fluid stream, and a selectively operable valve assembly is disposed in a flow path defined in the housing. The housing includes an inlet, an outlet, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, which is formed with an admission port for admitting the predetermined liquid material. The valve assembly is disposed between the housing's inlet and outlet, and may be selectively operated to alternatively open and close access of the predetermined liquid material into the housing. The valve assembly is operably actuated responsive at least in part to the pressurized fluid stream in the flow path, whereby admission of the predetermined liquid material into said housing is keyed by introduction of the pressurized fluid stream into the flow path.10-22-2009
20090140003POWDER-METERING APPARATUS WITH AN IMPACT DEVICE - A powder-metering apparatus (06-04-2009
20090014465DOSING AND DISPENSING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a dosing and dispensing device (01-15-2009
20120138629HANDS FREE, CONTROLLED AUTOFILL FOR A DISPENSER - A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.06-07-2012
20120067920Dispenser for Liquids - Relatively small, fixed-volumes of liquid are measured and dispensed from a bulk container by empirically determining the liquid surface height and opening a dispensing valve for a time period that is calculated using a volume of liquid specified to be dispensed and the empirically-determined liquid surface height. The liquid surface height in the container is determined empirically for subsequent volumes of liquid that are dispensed. Dispensing accuracy is maintained whether the container is full or nearly empty.03-22-2012
20090014464Clean in Place System for Beverage Dispensers - A flush system for a dispenser nozzle may include a flush diverter and a carrier. The flush diverter may include a dispense position and a flush position. The carrier maneuvers the flush diverter to either the dispense position or the flush position with respect to the beverage dispenser nozzle.01-15-2009
20090200334CONTINUITY-DETECTING METHOD OF DISPENSING PARTICLES, A PARTICLE FILLING LINE AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING PARTICLES - A particle filling line comprises a vertically-oriented conduit that includes a conduit hollow. The conduit includes a conduit top and a conduit bottom. The conduit bottom defines an outlet. The conduit is arranged so that particles supplied to the conduit top flow through the outlet to be received by one or more containers disposed on a movable conveyor belt. The conduit hollow includes one or more conduit hollow elements disposed therein. The one or more conduit hollow elements include any of a plurality of agitators and an auger. The particle filling line is arranged for determining a resistance that is based on the spacing between the one or more conduit hollow elements and the conduit inner walls. When the resistance is determined to be less than a threshold resistance value, the particle filling process ceases.08-13-2009
20090200333PORTABLE FLUID CONTAINMENT ASSEMBLY - A portable fluid containment assembly capable of holding and transporting oils, water, engine antifreeze, and the like and/or used fluids of the same types. The assembly includes multiple fluid tanks that are mounted in a tubular structure integrated into a platform. The tubular structure includes multiple support members and reinforcement bars. The tubular structure includes lift tip members and forklift pockets to facilitate movement of the portable fluid containment assembly.08-13-2009
20090321473Semi-solid metering machines with opening access for cleaning - The invention is directed to a semi-solid food product metering device and method of operating a semi-solid food product metering device with at least two counter rotating feed rollers each with two ends, a distal end and a proximal end. An at least two feed rollers end plates contain the rollers with a first of the at least two roller end plates being a distal feed roller end plate at the distal end of the at least two counter rotating feed rollers and a second of the at least two roller end plates being a removable end plate at the proximal end of the counter rotating feed rollers with an at least one fastening device to fasten the at least two feed roller end plates in the operational position. An at least one frame support couples the at least two end plates, where the semi-solid food product metering device has a non-operational position and an operational position and is transitioned therebetween by a user, such that when in the operational position the semi-solid food product metering device is in operation and the at least one support bar supports the at least two feed roller end plates in the operating position with the at least one affixing device securing the end plates. When in the non-operational position, the device is not in operation, the affixing device is not securing the end plate and allows for movement, removal, or movement and removal of the second of the at least two end plates away from the end of the two counter rotating feed rollers to provide access to a gap between the at least two counter rotating feed roller ends and the two end plates in the non-operational position.12-31-2009
20090272759BEVERAGE DISPENSER AND METHOD - A beverage container (11-05-2009
20110220677METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE UNLOADING OF GRAINS OR SIMILAR MATERIALS FROM A CART - A system for controlling the unloading of grains from a cart, which has a grain container and an unloading duct for unloading the grains, having an inlet communicating with the container and an adjusting device for closing or opening the inlet. The control system has load cells for detecting the weight of the container, an electric actuator for driving the adjusting device, a keyboard for acquiring a target weight of grains to be unloaded, and an electronic control unit configured to determine a weight threshold as a function of the target weight, to real-time determine, while unloading, the weight of the grains unloaded as a function of the weight detected by the load cells, and to control the actuator so that the adjusting device closes the inlet as soon as the weight of the grains unloaded reaches the weight threshold.09-15-2011
20110139811Fuel dispensing - A fuel dispensing system including a plurality of bowsers for dispensing one of a plurality of different fuels, wherein at least one of the bowsers is connected to fuel dispensing means leading from a plurality of fuel tanks for providing a metered mixture of two fuels including providing metering means for metering two separate fuels for combination in a mixing chamber, a mixing means for substantially homogenising the combined fuels and a dispensing means for dispensing the homogenised combined fuels through the bowser.06-16-2011
20110139815Self-Righting Dispenser - A dispenser includes a self-righting housing having an interior cavity for holding one or more items to be dispensed, a curved bottom surface, and a dispensing aperture disposed in a lower portion of the housing and in communication with the interior cavity.06-16-2011
20110139814IMPROVED FILLING APPARATUS - A filling apparatus for serially filling multiple lanes of containers includes a plurality of piston pumps which receive flowable product from an associated source. Each pump includes a reciprocably movable pump piston, which can “float” upwardly during a filling stroke, as each pump is filled with product delivered thereto under pressure. The pump pistons can move upwardly independently, until each reaches a predetermined position, corresponding to the quantity of product with which each container is to be filled. After all of the pistons reach their respective predetermined positions, valves of the pumps are simultaneously operated, and the pistons simultaneously stroked so that respective containers are filled with the flowable product. The multiple lanes of containers are thereafter indexed, and the filling cycle repeated.06-16-2011
20100200610ICE/BEVERAGE DISPENSER WITH IN-LINE ICE CRUSHER - An ice crusher is attached to an ice dispenser or to a combined ice and beverage dispenser. The ice crusher occupies minimal space in order to fit the dispenser into an existing space on a serving counter or in a beverage dispensing area. The ice crusher may also elevate the ice. In embodiments using this technique, the outlet of the ice from the ice crusher is higher than the ice inlet. As the ice flows from a source of ice, such as an ice bin, the ice is elevated while it is being crushed. The ice then flows from the outlet of the ice crusher down an ice chute or other outlet of the ice crusher, into a cup or container as desired. Other embodiments convey the ice without lifting it, and still other embodiments dispense either crushed or cubed ice, as the consumer may select. In one embodiment the selected crushed ice or cubed ice are both dispensed though the same ice dispensing chute. A retrofit kit may be used to add an ice crusher to an existing ice dispenser, or to an existing combined ice and beverage dispenser.08-12-2010
20100200609Vehicle Fluid Dispensing Apparatus and Method of Use - This invention relates to a vehicle fluid dispensing apparatus and a method of use. The apparatus includes a plurality of motive force devices for fluid communication with a plurality of reservoirs. The apparatus also includes a plurality of metering devices in fluid communication with the motive force devices and a single nozzle in fluid communication with the plurality of motive force devices.08-12-2010
20110139812Method For Dosing And Providing Powder In A Powder Provider, Such A Powder Provider Device And An Apparatus For Producing Packs - Disclosed is a powder provider device that comprises, a powder hopper for pouring powder batches to a dosing system that comprises a hole structure, wherein at least one hole is formed by a surrounding wall structure. The wall structure is formed by wall portions that are movable relative to one another, whereby the relative movement of wall portions, during handling of the powder, enables controlled dosing and pouring of the powder. Also disclosed is an apparatus comprising said powder providing device and a method of dosing and providing powder in a powder provider device.06-16-2011
20090101669DISPENSING APPARATUS WITH HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD OF USING SAME - An apparatus for dispensing a viscous material includes a dispenser body having an inlet and a discharge orifice. A valve element is mounted for movement in the dispenser body between an open position allowing flow from the discharge orifice, and a closed position preventing flow therefrom. An actuator is coupled to the valve element for actuation between the open and closed positions. A heat exchanger having a serpentine passage and a heater is coupled thereto, wherein the heater is in thermal communication with the dispenser body. The passage is configured to deliver the viscous material to the inlet at a uniform temperature. A method of dispensing a viscous material includes positioning a heat exchanger, having a fluid passage and a heater, in thermal communication with the dispenser body, and heating the material flowing through the fluid passage to a uniform temperature prior to delivering it to the inlet.04-23-2009
20090101668VISCOUS POLYORGANOSILOXANE FLUID DISPENSER AND METHOD - A viscous fluid dispenser, comprises a compressible body having a substantially tubular profile and comprising an interior fluid holding cavity and a head comprising a cap structure operatively connected to an operative end of the compressible body and a nozzle communicatively connected through the cap structure to form a continuous off-center passage through the head from the interior fluid holding cavity to an exterior fluid expressing side. A fluid dispenser package comprises a compressible body having a substantially tubular profile with a cleft within the profile extending longitudinally to the body profile from a top end of the profile to a location intermediate along the profile to form a tapering cleft within the body profile; and a head comprising a cap structure and a nozzle communicatively connected through the cap to form a continuous passage through the head from an interior fitting side to an exterior fluid expressing side, wherein the head is removably stored at the body top end in a connection reversed to an operating connection with the nozzle cradled in the cleft within the tubular profile of the flexible body. A method of applying a viscous fluid to a target area comprises positioning a compressible viscous fluid dispenser comprising an angled dispensing nozzle at an angle from a perpendicular of the dispenser to the target area and compressing the dispenser to express viscous fluid directly onto the target.04-23-2009
20100025427DUAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER - In one embodiment, at least two spray containers are used of the type having push button valves that control the delivery of spray from the containers. Each container retains a different type of spray such that activation of one container dispenses a different substance than activation of the other container. In one embodiment the substances are differentiated by their fragrances such that the substance from one container smells different than the substance from the other container. A controller controls actuation of the nozzles such that the pattern of dispensing of the different sprays may be preset. The containers can be actuated automatically in a variety of different patterns.02-04-2010
20090020551Devices and methods for pressurized delivery of materials in cosmetic dispensers - Cosmetic dispensers, and methods of use of such dispensers, for transferring material onto an applicator head through a transfer chamber and/or nozzle by applying force or pressure to the material.01-22-2009
20090101670MIXING APPLICATOR - An applicator mixes an additive with a fluid stream and dispenses the resultant mixture. The applicator includes a housing having a fluid inlet, a downstream auger chamber, a downstream mixing chamber, and a flow path fluidly connecting the fluid inlet to the mixing chamber. A turbine auger assembly including an auger and a rotor is rotatably connected to the housing to move the additive towards the mixing chamber, help mix the additive with the fluid stream, and then disperse the mixture to the auger chamber, which includes a hopper port and a downstream auger chamber exit exposed to the mixing chamber. The turbine auger assembly is rotatably connected to the housing.04-23-2009
20090242584BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A beverage dispensing apparatus is disclosed, comprising a solenoid pump coupled between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet for pumping the fluid from said inlet to said outlet, said pump comprising a spring-loaded linear pumping member axially displaceable between a spring-loaded position and a spring-released end position and a controller for the solenoid pump, said controller being arranged to energize the pumping member into an intermediate position between the spring-released end position and the spring-loaded position. Consequently, the solenoid pump has improved noise characteristics and can be used to control the flow rate of the fluid whilst still being energized in substantially every cycle of an alternating current.10-01-2009
20100147873Improvements In Or Relating To Beverage Preparation Machines And Beverage Cartridges - A delivery head for a beverage preparation machine comprising: an upwardly directed inlet for supplying water to a cartridge received in the delivery head; a downwardly directed outlet for outflow of beverage; a barcode reader having a barcode reader window through which signals may be transmitted; wherein the inlet, the outlet and the barcode reader window are arranged in a line with the outlet being intermediate the inlet and the barcode reader window.06-17-2010
20110127294REAGENT PREPARATION AND DISPENSING DEVICE AND METHODS FOR THE SAME - A reagent preparation and dispensing device includes a body. A reagent reservoir containing a reagent is disposed within the body. A solution reservoir containing a solution is disposed within the body. The device further includes an activator movably coupled with the body to open the reagent reservoir and the solution reservoir, The activator is operable to mix the solution with the reagent to form a specified amount of a reagent mixture. A dispensing reservoir tip is coupled with the body. The dispensing reservoir tip is sized and shaped to hold the specified amount of the reagent mixture and dispense the specified amount of the reagent mixture from the device.06-02-2011
20100264160Multi-Stream Draught Beer Dispensing System - A multiple draught beer dispensing system comprises one tap handle, one spigot, at least three fluid streams, and at least three pressurized tanks corresponding with the fluid streams. A plurality of individual electronic poppet control valves are used to control multiple fluid streams. When the tap handle selects a draft, the poppet valve is actuated by the tap dispenser handle to the beer stream selected so that beer can travel out of the spigot.10-21-2010
20120104037SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORAGE AND APPLICATION OF CONDIMENTS/SAUCES - Disclosed, is a system and method for storage and application of condiments/sauces comprising a dispenser carousel adapted to allow a user to engage one of two or more storage containers, and a trigger/button adapted to release a certain amount of a condiment/sauce stored in the engaged storage container through a release tap.05-03-2012
20120104035Reusable beer keg - A reusable beer keg is disclosed comprising a hollow beer keg body with a dispenser tube assembly having a dispenser valve, dispenser tube, and a disposable bladder. The dispenser valve is releasably attached to a top portion of the keg body and the dispenser tube and bladder extend into the interior of the keg body. When beer flows through the open dispenser valve and into the bladder, the beer causes the bladder to expand until it contacts the inside surface of the keg body. When the beer keg has been emptied it can be returned to the brewery for reuse by cleaning the dispenser valve, dispenser tube and disposing of the used bladder. The beer keg parts can then be reassembled, using a new bladder in place of the used bladder.05-03-2012
20120104034PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE - A system, device and method for dispensing a product includes a delivery system that includes at least one auger with internal flighting that is either integral with or attached to an internal wall of a barrel portion of the auger. The auger rotates and the spiral flighting within the auger transmits a product from a bulk loading station to a product dispensation area. Thus, products can be bulk loaded into a device rather than having to be loaded one-by-one into a dispensing device. The spiral flighting reduces pinch points associated with conventional auger systems.05-03-2012
20120104033PNEUMATIC LIQUID DISPENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A dispenser and method for dispensing a liquid. The dispenser includes a barrel with an interior chamber for holding the liquid, a discharge outlet communicating with the interior chamber for discharging the liquid, and an air space for receiving pressurized air for forcing the liquid from the interior chamber through the discharge outlet. An air supply solenoid valve and an air exhaust solenoid valve are each operatively coupled with the barrel. The air supply solenoid valve controls the flow of pressurized air to the air space, and the air exhaust solenoid valve controls the flow of air from the air space to atmosphere. A control selectively activates the air supply solenoid valve and the air exhaust solenoid valve to respectively supply air to the air space and exhaust air from the air space in order to dispense desired amounts of the liquid from the discharge outlet.05-03-2012
20120104032Feed Dispensing Machine - A feed dispensing machine for delivering ready access feed to farmers, horse owners and the equivalent. The feed dispensing machine having a controller, a storage container, a surge container, a first conveyor system, a level sensor, a weighing mechanism, and a second conveyor system. The first conveyor system connects the storage container to the surge container while the level sensor is positioned within the surge container to signal capacity of bulk material within the surge container. The weighing mechanism includes a scale and connects to the controller. The second conveyor system connects the surge container to the weighing mechanism, and is positioned above the scale.05-03-2012
20120104031WATER DISPENSER AND METHOD OF OPERATING IT - A water dispenser is fluidly connectable to a water source. The water dispenser includes a water tank; a faucet fluidly connected to the water tank and configured to generate an activation signal after being activated; a valve fluidly connectable to the water source and fluidly connected to the water tank; a first float switch movably disposed in the water tank and configured to generate an open signal after moving away from a predetermined position; and a controller operatively connected to the faucet and the first float switch. The controller is configured to open the valve to refill the water tank with water from the water source after the controller receives both the activation signal from the faucet and the open signal from the first float switch. A method of operating the water dispenser is also disclosed.05-03-2012
20120104030MULTIPLE COMPONENT DISPENSING CARTRIDGE AND METHOD WITH SIDE-BY-SIDE FLUID CHAMBERS - A fluid cartridge for storing and dispensing first and second fluids includes a first tubular cartridge wall and a second tubular cartridge wall in side-by-side relation. First and second pistons are coupled for movement by a coupling portion and are respectively disposed within the first and second tubular cartridge walls to define first and second side-by-side fluid chambers. A fixed wall is disposed between the first and second fluid chambers. A force is applied to the first piston along the first central longitudinal axis of the first tubular cartridge wall and moves both the first and second pistons along and within the first and second fluid chambers as the coupling portion between the first and second pistons travels within an opening in the fixed wall. The opening may be a preformed slot or may be formed by a cutting element attached with the pistons as the pistons move during the dispensing operation.05-03-2012
20120104029BOTTLE CARTRIDGE - A bottle cartridge fits in the neck of a bottle providing liquid flow and venting from the bottle interior when operably connected to a dispenser, and preventing spills or leakages upon any bottle upset. Dual seals are provided; a valve core is operated by connecting the cartridge to a dispenser coupling. Cartridge materials are disclosed.05-03-2012
20120104028REFRIGERATOR BEVERAGE FLAVOR DISPENSER WITH FLAVOR STRENGTH ADJUSTMENT - A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a door for providing access to within the refrigerator cabinet, and a beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser may be positioned at the door. The beverage dispenser includes a water source for supplying water, a beverage flavor source containing a flavor medium and having a flavor source opening with and adjustable size, and a user interface. The user interface is connected to the beverage flavor source to control the amount of flavor medium dispensed by the beverage flavor source through the flavor source opening. The amount of flavor medium dispensed will determine the flavor strength of a flavored beverage after the flavor medium has mixed with water or another liquid.05-03-2012
20120104027Dispensers and Functional Operation and Timing Control Improvements for Dispensers - A method of operating a dispensing unit includes the step of entering a first active state, during which the detection of motion within a sensory path of a sensor of a dispensing unit initiates a first pattern activation sequence to release a volume A and a volume B of material from a fluid container. The method further includes the step of entering a second active state upon completion of the first pattern activation sequence, in which the detection of motion in the second active state initiates a second pattern activation sequence to release a volume C and a volume D of material from the container if motion is detected before the lapsing of a time period P and initiates the first pattern activation sequence if the motion is detected after the lapsing of the time period P.05-03-2012
20120104026BEVERAGE-MAKING INSERT WITH BUILT-IN WATER BYPASS - An apparatus, method, and system of dispensing beverages. A dispensing module includes a body, a mixing chamber in the body, and a conduit in the body whereby the mixing chamber and conduit have separate inlets and outlets. The separate inlets can be translated selectively between a discharge end of a diluent source such that from the single module either diluent directly from the diluent source can be dispensed or diluent through the mixing chamber can be dispensed to a container. The mixing chamber can be pre-loaded with concentrate or flavoring for mixing with the diluent or concentrate or flavoring can be added to the mixing chamber from a separate source. Thus, the two flow paths are isolated from one another but allow at least two beverage choices through the same module.05-03-2012
20120104025MULTI-SINGLE SERVE BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM - A multi-single serve beverage dispensing apparatus, method and system is disclosed. Storage, management and delivery of a desired liquid enhancement cartridge to a beverage preparation positioned in a refrigerator or other liquid dispensing appliance is provided. A liquid dispensing cartridge is inserted and retrieved through a cartridge loading/unloading interface associated with a cabinet body of a liquid dispensing appliance. A storage system having multiple cartridge holding positions for storing and staging a variety of liquid enhancement cartridges is included. An indexing system has a means for moving one or more of the cartridges into a beverage preparation position for preparing and dispensing a beverage.05-03-2012
20120104024REFRIGERATOR WITH BEVERAGE DISPENSER CLEANING SYSTEM - A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. A first door provides access to the first compartment and a second door provides access to the second compartment. A beverage dispensing system is disposed within the cabinet. The beverage dispensing system has a fluid line, a fluid enhancement line, and a cleaning subsystem for cleaning the fluid component line and the fluid enhancement line.05-03-2012
20120104023BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH MACHINE VISION - A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. A first door provides access to the first compartment and a second door provides access to the second compartment. A beverage dispensing system is operatively connected to the cabinet. A machine vision system associated with the beverage dispensing system. The machine vision system has an imaging device.05-03-2012
20120104022APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING AND DISPENSING LIQUID ENHANCEMENT COMPONENTS FROM A REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator or liquid dispensing appliance adapted for receiving, storing, managing, processing and dispensing a liquid enhancement component for preparation of a finished beverage is disclosed. Delivery, processing and management of the liquid enhancement component includes loading a solid liquid enhancement component at a product interface, and managing the transfer of the liquid enhancement component through various systems of the invention including processing to provide a processed liquid enhancement component for discharging for preparing a finished beverage.05-03-2012
20120104021BEVERAGE SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES FOR REFRIGERATORS - A refrigerator with a liquid conditioning system providing a variety of levels and types of conditioned liquid streams for outputting to a refrigerator dispenser is disclosed. A liquid conditioning circuit having means for outputting ambient, cold, heated, filtered, and carbonated liquid streams for use in combination with a refrigerator is also disclosed. A finished beverage made from a conditioned liquid stream or combination of conditioned liquid streams is enhanced with one or more liquid enhancements components provided by a liquid enhancement system.05-03-2012
20120104020LIQUID DISPENSER WITH COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER - A liquid dispenser utilizes a collapsible container that contains a supply of liquid. The collapsible container is received within a chamber that has a stationary wall. A moveable member is adjustable into contact with the collapsible container within the chamber. An indicator displays an estimated amount of liquid remaining in the collapsible container based on a position of the moveable member. The moveable member may squeeze the collapsible container against the stationary wall to thereby increase pressure within the liquid in the collapsible container to urge an outlet valve towards an open position in order to resolve any clogs in the valve.05-03-2012
20100147871Container Arrangement - The invention relates to a container arrangement for fluids that contain gas, comprising a casing. Said casing is made of a pressure-proof collapsible material, and surrounds at least two chambers. The first chamber is used to receive and release the fluids containing gas via a first connection. The second chamber is a pressure chamber that is provided with a second connection for applying pressure. A flexible wall is arranged between the first chamber and the second chamber. The invention further relates to a method for transporting and releasing liquids containing gas into or from a pressure-proof collapsible casing, in addition to a corresponding pressure-proof, flexible non or slightly elastic covering. A container arrangement for liquids containing gas that has a simple construction, is easy to produce, fill, transport, empty and dispose of or recycle is provided due to the above mentioned invention.06-17-2010
20100147876LOW AND EMPTY PRODUCT DETECTION USING LOAD CELL AND LOAD CELL BRACKET - A system and method detect when a product container from which a product is dispensed is empty or nearly empty, and provides a notification of the product status. The system includes a load cell that deflects at a first rate of distance per unit load when a load less than a critical load is positioned to be weighed by the load cell, and a load cell bracket positioned such that the free end of the load cell contacts the load cell bracket when a load substantially equal to or greater than the critical load is positioned to be weighed by the load cell. The load cell bracket may prevent the load cell from further deflection, or it may permit deflection of the load cell at a second rate of distance per unit load when the load cell is in contact with the load cell bracket. The system may generate an out-of-product notification when the amount of product dispensed is substantially equal to zero, a low product notification when the amount of the product remaining is less than a threshold weight or a proof-of-delivery notification.06-17-2010
20100147874Dispensing Mechanism Using Long Tubes to Vary Pressure Drop - A fountain-style carbonated soft drink dispenser includes a housing adapted to attach to a beverage container, an actuator for selectively opening a fluid conduit, and one or more long tubes that vary a pressure drop across the dispensing assembly and convey fluid. The resistance through the tube(s) is decreased as the pressure within the container decreases so as to maintain a substantially constant flow rate throughout dispensing.06-17-2010
20100147877DISPENSER WITH REPLACEABLE ACTUATORS AND RELATED METHODS - Dispensers with replaceable actuators and related methods. A representative dispenser includes a sealed fluid chamber with a fluid inlet and a valve seat, a valve member configured to be reciprocally moveable relative to the valve seat, and an actuator interface. The dispenser includes first and second actuators configured to be coupled with the actuator interface for reciprocally moving the valve member. The first actuator is configured to operate by a different motive force than the second actuator. The first actuator can be removed and replaced with the second actuator. The methods involve the ability to replace the first actuator with a second actuator.06-17-2010
20100147875Device for introducing additive fluids into a primary fluid - A device for introducing additive fluids to a primary fluid is characterized by a body having a central bore for flow therethrough of a stream of primary fluid, and a plurality of fluid flow channels in the body. Each channel extends between an inlet to the channel for connection to an associated supply of additive fluid and a plurality of outlet orifices from the channel that open into a surface of the body around and outside of an exit from the central bore. Additive fluid is emitted from the outlet orifices in a direction ranging from the additive fluid being directed generally parallel to a stream of primary fluid exiting the central bore to the additive fluid being directed toward and against the stream of primary fluid.06-17-2010
20100147872Improvements In Or Relating to Beverage Preparation Machines - A delivery head for a beverage preparation machine comprising a clamping member and a base, wherein the clamping member is movable relative to the base, the clamping member being sequentially movable from an open position, through a clamping position to an ejection position, the clamping position being intermediate the open position and the ejection position, in the open position the clamping member being positioned to enable loading of a cartridge into the delivery head, the clamping member being clampable against said cartridge in the clamping position, the clamping member being movable relative to the base from the clamping position to the ejection position to enable transportation and ejection of said cartridge.06-17-2010
20100155412PUMP LID AND CONTAINERS EMPLOYING SUCH - A container for the pressurized discharge of a fluid contained therein, the container having a container body, a pump lid deployed on the container body for pressurizing an interior volume of the container, a release control arrangement; and an outlet nozzle. The pump lid has a rotatable pump cylinder configuration and a pump piston mechanically associated with the rotatable pump cylinder configuration such that at least a portion of the piston is deployed within the pump cylinder, thereby defining between them a variable pump volume, the pump piston configured with a substantially cylindrical piston wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface such that at least a portion of the interior surface is configured for releasable attachment to the container and at least a portion of the exterior surface interacts with the rotatable pump cylinder configuration. The association is such that rotation of the rotatable pump cylinder configuration generates linear motion of said rotatable pump cylinder configuration.06-24-2010
20100193542Systems and Methods of Providing Sanitary Water in a Disaster or Similar Situation - A system and method for dispensing potable fluids wherein a bagged fluid, such as water, is dispensed via a spiked water dispensing device.08-05-2010
20100155413METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PEST BAIT APPLICATION - An apparatus for applying bait to pest traps and a method of using the apparatus is provided. The apparatus has an elongate body having an interior cavity in communication with an opening at a first end of the body, a flowable pest bait pre-packaged and contained within the cavity, and a nozzle attached to the opening. A flowable bait is extruded on a bait pedal of a rodent trap by aiming the nozzle over a bait pedal of the rodent trap such that the user's hands remain out of reach of a spring-loaded bow of the rodent trap, and applying pressure to the flowable bait through the use of a plunger or the like. The user can then discard the apparatus.06-24-2010
20100258584System for transient storage and dispensing of solid particulate materials and its method of use - A dispensing system and method of use for the transient storage and dispensing of solid particulate materials is described. The dispensing system includes: a container comprising front and back walls and two side walls, a bottom, a pour spout affixed to the front wall, a container support tube joined to the side walls of the container; a container support stand comprising a base affixed to two upright members adjacent to the side walls of the container; a support rod which passes through the bag support tube and rotatably connects the container to the upright members of the container support stand; and a locking member which when engaged prevents rotation of the container; wherein the container can rotate at least about 180 degrees from the vertical when the locking member is not engaged.10-14-2010
20090114674AUTOMATIC CONTINUOUS SPRAYER AND RELATED METHOD THEREOF - The sprayer of the present invention has a conventional first lever and a second lever with continuous teeth along an edge. When the first lever is engaged, the second lever drives a gear set which in turn engages a rotatable piece inside a gravity wheel. Two blocks at the ends of the rotatable piece, as the rotatable piece turns, intermittently press some ratchets inside the gravity wheel to turn the gravity wheel as well. The gravity wheel in turn drives an eccentric gear with a shaft attached to it so that the shaft is put into continuous back-and-forth movement to work on a pump of the sprayer. As such, a number of sprays are produced continuously with a single engagement of the first lever.05-07-2009
20090078721Wine dispensing, storing and distribution method and apparatus with recycling feature - A method and device for facilitating the distribution of wine, including a vessel which is configured with one or more recyclable components which may be configured as a reusable component which, after an initial use, may be prepared for a further use or uses, by one or more steps, such as, for example, cleaning or relabling. The device may be constructed to include a reusable first containment member and a containment element, the first containment member having an interior space which may hold the containment element with a valve connected thereto, the first containment member having an aperture therein so that the valve may pass through the aperture and be accessed from outside the containment member interior space.03-26-2009
20090078720METHODS FOR CONTINUOUSLY MOVING A FLUID DISPENSER WHILE DISPENSING AMOUNTS OF A FLUID MATERIAL - Methods for applying fluid materials to a substrate, such as circuit board, while continuously moving the fluid dispenser. Some methods generally involve correcting the dispense location for each of the dispensed amounts of fluid material by executing a statistical comparison of either the predicted and actual landing locations on the substrate, or the predicted and actual positions of the dispenser at each of the dispense locations. Other methods generally involve initiating the dispensing of amounts of the fluid material at dispense locations corrected by a correction factor specified in terms of the servo cycle for the movement of the dispenser or by a correction factor specified in terms of partial servo cycles courtesy of a timer.03-26-2009
20100258586ROTARY FEEDING SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus for accurately and repeatably depositing edible particulates on edible products. A dual-drum rotary feed system accurately meters an amount of edible particle for each edible product with a first rotary drum while a second rotary drum deposits the edible particulates onto or within the edible product. The dual-drum rotary feeder can comprise replaceable drums wherein drums can be quickly removed and replaced for cleaning, sanitization and to adjust processing conditions such as, for example, changes in production rates and/or product size.10-14-2010
20100258585WARMING DEVICE FOR HEATING A CARTRIDGE CONTAINING A VISCOUS FLUID - A warming device that employs a sheet and a pocket that is coupled to the sheet and configured to hold an exothermic heat pack. The sheet is formed of an insulating material that reflects radiant heat. The pocket is formed of a thermally conductive air permeable material. The warming device is configured to transmit heat into a cartridge containing a viscous liquid to heat the viscous liquid to a desired temperature and/or maintain the viscous liquid at the desired temperature even while working in an environment with a relatively low ambient temperature.10-14-2010
20110108569METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING FROZEN CONFECTIONERY - A method and apparatus for assembling and vending a food or drink product using a machine having a viewing window into the interior thereof. The user selects through a user interface one of a plurality of characters, then selects through the interface the ingredients to include in the product. The ingredients are dispensed into a receptacle that is moved between dispensing locations within the machine by a robotic arm. An animated sequence, soundtrack and lighting pattern is associated with each character. As the robotic arm assembles the product, the animated sequence, soundtrack and lighting for the selected character are run and shown on a display. The user is able to watch the movements of the robotic arm and the animated sequence simultaneously.05-12-2011
20100176147APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGE - An apparatus for dispensing beverage, comprising a line system and at least one draw-off tap and a connecting head connected to said line system, and a connecting piece provided with means for connection to said connecting head to be connected to a beverage holder, wherein the line system comprises at least a rinsing line and a dispensing line and the connecting head comprises at least a valve device for connecting the dispensing line to, at will: the connecting piece, or at least to a holder, for fluid communication between a holder and the tapping line; or the at least one rising line for fluid communication between the respective rinsing line and the dispensing line.07-15-2010
20090294468Method and Apparatus for Dispensing - An apparatus for dispensing product includes a container with a collection region. The collection region is characterized in part by a selected cross-section having an area smaller than a cross-section of the container preceding the selected cross-section while traveling in a direction of a gravity vector. The cross-sectional areas are proscribed by boundaries of the container on planes normal to the gravity vector. One end of a draw tube is disposed within the collection region. A pump draws product from the collection region through the draw tube. The pump dispenses the product external to the container.12-03-2009
20100213207Detachable Sanitary Cover for Dispenser and Method of Using Same - A detachable cover (08-26-2010
20100224650Method of dispensing a metered amount of granular material - A method is provided for dispensing a controlled quantity of a granular material. The method employs a dispenser including a reservoir that retains granular material. The reservoir is supported in the dispenser with a passageway defined between opposing ends. The dispenser is first positioned in a loading orientation for the outflow of material from the reservoir through a nozzle to a metering cup. A baffle positioned proximate the opening of the metering cup stabilizes the controlled volume directed into the cup from the reservoir. Once the metering cup is filled, the dispenser is inverted. Then, the volume of material is directed from the cup through the passageway and out of an opening adjacent a diffuser, through which the material is spread.09-09-2010
20120187145TWO-COMPONENT LIQUID DISPENSER GUN AND SYSTEM - A liquid dispenser gun (07-26-2012
20090014467Liquid dispensing system with enhanced mixing - A dispense apparatus and system for dispensing suspensions or emulsions. The system ensures uniformity of distribution of the dispersed phase within the continuous-phase liquid by moving the fluid through the dispense cartridge, such as with a continuous or pulsating flow. In one embodiment, peristaltic pumps are positioned upstream and downstream of the dispense cartridge, in fluid communication with and forming a single loop with a fluid source. Circulation between the fluid source and the dispense cartridge is maintained. In a second embodiment, a pump circulates fluid into and out of the dispense cartridge and is also in fluid communication with a fluid source such as with a pinch valve to allow proper filling of the dispense cartridge from the fluid source. In a third embodiment, a reversing pump is placed between the dispense cartridge and fluid source to continually or continuously pump fluid into and out of the dispense cartridge.01-15-2009
20100237094PLUNGER APPARATUS FOR EMPTYING A CARTRIDGE USING PAINT STIR STICK - A cartridge including a plunger apparatus and methods for emptying the contents within a cartridge using the plunger apparatus (e.g., using a paint stir stick to empty the contents).09-23-2010
20100243671STERILE DISPENSING PACKAGE WITH COUPLING INSERT FOR RECEIPT OF PIERCING MEMBER AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A package for dispensing a flowable material is disclosed. The package includes an interior chamber for holding the flowable material, a coupling insert located within the chamber and a piercing member. The piercing member includes a dispensing tube and is arranged to pierce through the package to communicate with the chamber and thereafter to snap-connect to the coupling insert. The contents of the package can then be dispensed from the package via the dispensing tube. The coupling insert is arranged to be moved to any desired position within the chamber. The package's wall may be constructed, e.g., be transparent and/or include target indicia thereon, to facilitate the positioning of the coupling insert at the desired position.09-30-2010
20100243672METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREVENTING LIQUID DISPENSATION FROM AN AEROSOL SPRAY CAN - An aerosol spray can is provided. The aerosol spray can includes but is not limited to a housing forming a storage chamber, an initial amount of chemical stored in a compressed liquid state within the storage chamber, a valve assembly attached to the housing, and an extension tube connected with the valve assembly at a first end and extending into the storage chamber at a second end. The initial amount of chemical forms a top surface. The general direction of the top surface is perpendicular to the direction of gravity. The valve assembly including a stem forming a central passage through which the chemical dispenses from the storage chamber. The second end of the extension tube remains a distance away from the top surface of the initial amount of chemical regardless of the position of the aerosol spray can.09-30-2010
20100140290Container and Valve Assembly for Storing and Dispensing Substances, and Related Method - A device and method for aseptically storing and dispensing a liquid. The device has container forming a variable-volume storage chamber, and a one-way valve coupled in fluid communication with the storage chamber and having an elastic valve member forming a normally closed valve opening. The valve member is movable between a normally closed position, and an open position with at least a segment of the elastic valve member spaced radially away from the closed position to allow the passage of fluid from the storage chamber through the valve opening. The liquid is maintained hermetically sealed in the storage chamber with respect to ambient atmosphere throughout dispensing multiple portions of the liquid from the storage chamber through the one-way valve.06-10-2010
20100243673Compact Spray Device - A method of operating a dispensing unit includes the step of providing a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a housing having an aerosol container disposed therein and an actuator arm. Other steps include activating the dispensing unit in response to a minimum threshold of light being sensed by a light sensor and selecting a sleep period interval between spray operations. Yet another step comprises moving the actuator arm after completion of a startup delay period from a pre-actuation position to a discharge position along a path substantially parallel to an axial length of the container to actuate a nozzle of the container to discharge a fluid from the container. The method also includes the step of alternating automatically between the sleep period having a duration commensurate with the selected sleep period interval and a discharge period during which the fluid is dispensed from the container.09-30-2010
20120241465DISPENSING DEVICE ALONG WITH METHOD FOR DISPENSING PRODUCT - A device for storing and dispensing a product comprising: a package comprising at least a first compartment having a flexible wall portion; a fluid transport device; and a backing associated with said package which, during dispensing, supports the package to facilitate expression of a product from the package through said fluid transport device.09-27-2012
20120241468SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND DISPENSING A POWDER - A powder dispensing container is provided, the container divided into a powder storage chamber and a powder dispensing chamber with an opening between the two controlled by a valve mechanism. A cap or closure member is disposed over an upper open end of a powder dispensing chamber and when opened, causes a closure of the valve mechanism. When the cover is returned to its closed position, the valve will automatically open allowing for new charge of powder form the storage chamber to enter into the dispensing chamber. The closure member is provided with an actuator that extends through the powder dispensing chamber and engages and causes operation of the valve mechanism.09-27-2012
20100001018Dispenser for pressurized beverage bottle - A beverage release cap over a bottle cap of a plastic carbonated beverage bottle for dispensing a beverage, without losing gasses inside the bottle, when the bottle is inverted or partially inverted for pouring. The beverage release cap has three distinct functional and physical sections. A lower section engaging a bottle rim below the bottle cap and snapping over the bottle rim, thereby retaining the beverage release cap to the bottle while providing a seal and permitting a twisting rotation of the beverage release cap. A middle section gripping the bottle cap with vertical, equally spaced ribs, a space between the ribs allowing beverage to flow between the bottle cap and the beverage release cap. An upper section providing a path for the beverage to flow from the middle section. The beverage release cap may alternatively be a replacement to the standard bottle cap.01-07-2010
20100001017Powered dispensing tool and method for controlling same - An apparatus and method for monitoring and controlling motor current during a dispensing of material from a dispensing tool (01-07-2010
20110056980DUAL-USAGE BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM - The present invention is a dual-usage beverage dispensing system for preparing and delivering a multi-component beverage as a liquid or as a semi-frozen/frozen beverage.03-10-2011
20110056979System and Process for Injecting Catalyst and/or Additives into a Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit - A preferred embodiment of a system for loading catalyst and/or additives into a fluidized catalytic cracking unit includes a bin for storing at least one of the catalyst and/or additives, and a loading unit in fluid communication with the storage bin and the fluidized catalytic cracking unit on a selective basis. The loading unit is capable of being evacuated so that a resulting vacuum within the loading unit draws the catalyst and/or additive from the bin. The loading unit is also capable of being pressurized so that the catalyst and/or additive is transferred from the loading unit to the fluidized catalytic cracking unit.03-10-2011
20090261121VALVELESS LIQUID DISPENSER - An apparatus includes a valveless cartridge assembly that has a housing with an opening at a proximal end and an outlet port for dispensing the liquid at a distal end, with the opening being configured to accept a cartridge of the liquid therethrough and communicating with an interior space of the housing. A metered dispensing device is coupled to the valveless cartridge assembly and includes a positive displacement pump in fluid communication with the interior space and the outlet port for selectively dispensing the liquid through the outlet port. The apparatus may be such that at least a portion of the metered dispensing device is disposed within the housing or it may alternatively be coupled to an exterior of the housing. The positive displacement pump may be a gear pump.10-22-2009
20110101023SEALED DISPENSER FOR METERED FLUENT MATERIALS - A device for dispensing a metered amount of powdered, granular liquid or related fluent materials and a method of dispensing a fluent material such that a release of excess material beyond the metered amount is inhibited. The dispenser includes a sealing arrangement to effect such inhibiting, as well as to reduce moisture-based contamination of the material stored within the dispenser. Optional features may include various seal configurations and numbers, removable top and bottom caps that both may have a locking mechanism. The dispenser may be configured as a disposable hand-held device such that, after depletion of the fluent material contents arising out of a multiplicity of uses, it can be thrown away.05-05-2011
20100059543CONTAINER FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGE - Container (03-11-2010
20110127292System And Method For Dispensing Fluids - A system for dispensing one or more fluids into wells of a target multi-well plate, a holder and a method thereof are disclosed. The system provides the holder which holds the multi-well plate in a predefined holding position, the plate having a well region provided with wells for accommodating the fluids and an edge region surrounding the well region. The holder includes: a contact area which contacts the edge region to form a sealing zone which air-tightly seals a void formed between the holder and the plate; a supporting face which supports the well region in a planar condition; and a duct which connects to a pump to generate a negative pressure in the void so as to draw the well region onto the supporting face.06-02-2011
20100219200CURABLE MATERIAL MIXING AND DELIVERY DEVICE - An apparatus and method for mixing two components and delivering the mixture to a patient. The apparatus contains a mixing chamber for mixing a liquid component and a powder component. The liquid component and powder component are mixed within the mixing chamber by rotation of a collapsible mixing element. A plunger is then advanced through the mixing chamber to force the mixture out of the mixing chamber and deliver the mixture to the patient.09-02-2010
20090039106Process and device for processing granular material mixtures - The present invention relates to a metering process of a number of granular materials comprising the steps of: 02-12-2009
20090039104Device and Method for Concurrently Dispensing Semi-Solid Products02-12-2009
20100301065Actuator Systems and Methods for Aerosol Wall Texturing - A system for dispensing texture material onto a target surface in a desired pattern that substantially matches an existing pattern on the target surface comprising a main container, an outlet assembly, a secondary container, a conduit, and a valve. The main container stores texture material. The outlet assembly defines an outlet opening a cross-sectional area of which is alterable. The secondary container stores pressurized propellant material. The conduit is operatively connected between the main container and the secondary container. The valve is arranged to allow control of fluid between the main container and the secondary container. The outlet assembly is configured such that the cross-sectional area of the outlet opening corresponds to the desired pattern. The valve is operated such that the texture material is forced out of the main container through the outlet opening defined by the outlet assembly and deposited on the target surface in the desired texture pattern.12-02-2010
20100294797BEVERAGE MACHINES, SUBSYSTEMS THEREOF AND CORRESPONDING METHODS - A mix-in-the-cup automated beverage dispensing machine includes a powder dispensing system with a rotary support structure bringing each powder container to a common dispensing location in turn. The machine also provides a water heater with a thermal conduction block and a method for heating water based on pre-calculation of the required heating profile. Also provided is a fresh milk dispensing system which maintains a fully cooled flow path from the container to the cup while ensuring that all components contacting the milk are disposable single-use components. Additional features discussed relate to a mixer unit cleaned by spinning within the cup, a structurally simple cup conveyance arrangement, and an cup elevator with geometrical locking.11-25-2010
20100294794SOLIDS INJECTION PROCESS FOR ADDING PREDETERMINED AMOUNTS OF SOLIDS - A method is disclosed for controlling or monitoring the injection of one or more solids in a system, process, unit or apparatus by mathematically modeling the independent injection of the solids to maintain a determined or pre-determined ratio, percentage, fraction or relative amounts of total solids injected. The model uses historical process data, current process data and/or data from an external source to adjust set points in the master controller to maintain a predetermined amount of solids to be injected within a given period of time. In accordance with the process of the invention, new set-points are generated in the master controller using variables other than a unit or system response variable as input into the model.11-25-2010
20100301067Container and One-Way Valve Assembly for Storing and Dispensing Substances, and Related Method - A device for storing and dispensing a substance includes a storage chamber for the substance. The container includes a passageway in fluid communication with the storage chamber. The container includes a pierceable wall located on an opposite side of the passageway relative to the storage chamber. The device includes a one-way valve assembly including a piercing portion. At least one of the piercing portion and the pierceable wall is movable relative to the other between a first position wherein the pierceable portion is not piercing the pierceable wall, and a second position wherein the pierceable portion is piercing the pierceable wall allowing the flow of substance from the storage chamber. A removable member is disposed intermediate the valve and the container that prevents movement of at least one of the piercing portion and pierceable wall to the second position until the removable member is removed.12-02-2010
20100301066MIXING NOZZLE - A beverage dispenser provides numerous inventive features in its refrigeration system, diluent delivery system, concentrate delivery system, mixing and dispensing system, and control system. The refrigeration system employs a plate heat exchanger to provide on demand refrigeration of an intermittent water flow. The diluent delivery system includes a flowmeter/solenoid/check-valve assembly. The concentrate delivery system employs a positive displacement pump. The mixing and dispensing system includes a mixing nozzle that has a locking feature such that an elevated blocking surface directly faces the inlet of pressurized diluent to create turbulence. The control system receives package-specific information from a scanner and diluent flow rate information from the flowmeter, and then determines the pump speed in order to set a desired mix ratio.12-02-2010
20120228325Time Volumetric Fluid Dispensing Apparatus - A dispensing apparatus for dispensing predetermined volumes of fluid into receptacles receives the fluid to be dispensed from a fluid supply into a reservoir. A fill tube is connected to the fluid reservoir such that it forms a closed loop with the reservoir. The fill tube minimizes the fluid turbulence that occurs inside the reservoir while the reservoir is being re-supplied with fluid from the fluid source. Additionally, the fill tube holds the predetermined volume of fluid to be dispensed into the receptacle. A fluid level sensor is disposed along the fill tube to control the volume of fluid flowing into or out of the fill tube, while a timer controls a dispense valve to meter the flow of fluid into or out of a dispense tube.09-13-2012
20100206898METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE METERED DISPENSING OF A MEDIUM - A method for the metered dispensing of a medium from an opening (08-19-2010
20130140324BEVERAGE DISPENSING DEVICE - Systems and methods for dispensing beverages are provided. Aspects relate to obtaining measurements regarding dispensing an ingredient (including the dispensing conditions of the ingredient) and determining whether to adjust dispensing conditions of at least one other ingredient. In one embodiment, at least one ingredient of a recipe is not dispensed based upon a dispensing measurement. The adjustment of one or more ingredients may comprise the use of adjustable orifices, which do not require separate measurements of ingredients before dispensing, but rather may measure ingredients' parameters (including dispensing conditions) as they are dispensed. Certain embodiments relate to devices and methods that may determine if an ingredient is a non-Newtonian fluid, and if so, may be configured to conduct measurements on such fluids, including, for example, the strain stress and strain rate as the fluid passes within a conduit.06-06-2013
20100320223FILLING DEVICE FOR AT LEAST TWO GRANULAR MATERIALS AND FILLING METHOD USING SUCH A DEVICE - A filling device, enabling simultaneous filling with at least two granular materials, without mixing them, includes an inner hopper supplying a first type of material and an outer hopper supplying a second type of material, and a dispenser arranged downstream from the hoppers. The dispenser includes a central passageway arranged directly opposite the inner hopper, and a deflecting mechanism towards the exterior of the dispenser arranged directly opposite the outer hopper. The deflecting mechanism at least partially borders the central passageway. The dispenser is capable of rotating about a longitudinal axis, the direction of which is the mean direction of flow, in which the dispenser includes a central shaft including an upper end opposite the inner hopper forming a deflecting surface for the first type of material coming from the inner hopper.12-23-2010
20110127291Fluid Dispenser - The present invention provides an easy to maintain dispenser which will dispense an appropriate amount of fluid to effectively clean a user's hand, even if the dispenser is inactive for a period of time. Also disclosed is a method of dispensing a fluid from the dispenser.06-02-2011
20110114663Volatile Article and Method of Use - A dispenser for a volatile material may be a cover that may be selectively attached to a base to form an internal cavity between them. A method is described for providing a visual indication when an item, such as the cover, needs to be replaced. The cover has a first initial size condition. The volatile material is permitted to evaporate from the cover into the air. The cover is permitted to shrink to a second size condition to provide a visual indication that the cover needs to be replaced.05-19-2011
20110000934Method of generating a fluid stream in a microfluidic device - A method of continuously regulating external gas pressure on a variable volume container for the delivery of fluids to a microfluidic device and analysis of particles based upon relative presence or absence of at least one particle characteristic.01-06-2011
20110024445DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR FOOD PRODUCTS - The present invention concerns a dispensing device for a viscous edible product, comprising a storing unit for storing the said viscous product, and a dispensing unit with: (i) a flexible packing tube for packing and dispensing said food product, disposed within said dispensing unit such that it comprises a substantially linear portion adjacent its dispensing opening, (ii) compression means for pinching said linear portion of tube, said means being movable in substantially perpendicular and parallel directions relative to the longitudinal axis of the tube, (iii) actuation means for reversibly moving said compression means firstly in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the packing tube to releasably pinch at least one portion of said flexible tube, and secondly in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tube towards its dispensing opening, so as to dispense at least one portion of the product packed in the tube. The invention also relates to a corresponding tube-like package for storing and dispensing the viscous, edible product, and to a corresponding method of dispensing the viscous, edible product.02-03-2011
20110017771Apparatus for the storage and metering of a plurality of components - An apparatus for the storage of a plurality of components designed for joint use includes two separate oppositely disposed storage regions for the respective components with a separating film between the storage regions. Each storage region is connected to separate discharge passages which open into a common mixing passage A kinking site is arranged between the storage regions and the first and second discharge passages and parting elements are provided to cut through the film to open each respective storage region to a respective discharge passage upon flexing of the apparatus about the kinking site.01-27-2011
20110024447COUNTER MOUNTED DISPENSING SYSTEM - A combination product container and pump includes a product container including a neck providing an open top, and a lug proximate a base of the neck. A pump is fitted within the open top and includes a piston. A cap provides a piston aperture and secures the pump to the container. The piston of the pump extends through the piston aperture. A dispensing tube port is offset from the piston. A collar key is fitted over the cap. The collar key includes an actuator aperture, and the piston extends through the actuator aperture. The collar key further includes a dispensing tube slot, and the dispensing tube port extends through the dispensing tube slot. The collar key also includes a notch that is circumferentially offset from the dispensing tube slot, the notch being fitted over the lug of the product container such that the dispensing tube slot and the dispensing tube port must occupy a particular orientation with respect to the lug.02-03-2011
20110024446FOOD TOPPING DEVICE - A food topping device for dispensing a food toppings. The food topping device includes a hopper that receives a food topping. The hopper directs the supply of the food topping onto the base plate of a discharge pan. The angle of the discharge pan relative to horizontal can be selectively adjusted. A vibration device is coupled to the discharge pan. When the vibration device is activated, the vibration of the discharge pan helps the food topping to overcome the angle of repose and flow down the base plate toward a discharge end. A screen positioned at the discharge end of the discharge pan further controls the flow of food topping from the device. The angle of the screen can be adjusted to control the discharge rate. A flow plate is positioned between the hopper and the discharge end to further control the amount of topping reaching the discharge end.02-03-2011
20110017770Method and apparatus for pressure equalized dispensing of a pressurized liquid in a container ("flair beverage valves") - A method for dosed dispensing of a pressurized liquid is presented. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention, the method includes dispensing a liquid in a container via a dispensing opening into a dispensing space, where a difference in pressure between the container and the dispensing space is equalized in stages by using an intermediate dosing chamber. In a first stage the pressure is equalized between the container and the dosing chamber, then a quantity of the liquid is dispensed from the container into the dosing chamber, maintaining the pressure equivalence between the container and the dosing chamber by pressure communication between them. Next, the dosing chamber is isolated both as to gaseous and liquid connection from the container. Then, in a second stage the pressure is equalized between the dosing chamber and the dispensing space, and the quantity of liquid in the dosing chamber is dispensed into the dispensing space as the pressure between the dosing chamber and the dispensing space is maintained equal. The method further includes providing the liquid in a first inner container of the container, and introducing a pressure equalizing medium into a second inner container, where the first and second inner containers adjoin each other at least with a deformable and/or displaceable side. The invention also relates to a dispensing device arranged to perform, inter alia, the disclosed method. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention a dispensing device can comprise a self-contained carbonated beverage dispenser that can be stored in a consumer's refrigerator, or can, for example, be self cooling.01-27-2011
20110017772Container and Sealing Membrane for Packaging of Reactive Products - Sealing (peel seal) membranes for packaging aggressive or chemically reactive products such as hair colorants over long periods without seal failure are described. Advantageously, the membranes and other packaging components have a high resistance to chemical attack and exhibit other advantageous characteristics, such as good barrier properties that minimize or eliminate interaction with the external environment, chemical inertness with respect to the product, and desirable heat sealing properties for prolonged adhesion without cracking and/or product leakage. The membranes comprise an inner bonding layer comprising a blend of polyethylene (PE) with an anti-cohesion additive, and a barrier layer.01-27-2011
20110017769Dispenser with palm reader - A dispenser, more particularly, a hand cleaner dispenser incorporating a reader for a user's hand in the form of a palm reader which avoids the need for contact between the user's hand and the dispenser yet provides opportunity for the monitoring of usage including determining the identities of users.01-27-2011
20110108568SYSTEM AND METHOD OF COMPARING TWO MATERIALS WITHIN A MATERIAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A controller for use in a material dispensing system having a first material inlet, a second material inlet, a distribution outlet, a first material container and a second material container. The first material container has a first container parameter and can contain an amount of a first material. The second material container has a second container parameter and can contain an amount of a second material. The first material container can provide the first material to the first material inlet, whereas the second material container can provide the second material to the second material inlet. The controller includes a device and an output device. The device is arranged to receive the first material and to receive the second material. The device can provide a first signal based on the first material and can provide a second signal based on the second material. The output device can provide an output signal based on the first signal and the second signal.05-12-2011
20100133293Dispensing Nozzle Assembly - A dispensing nozzle assembly for dispensing a number of micro-ingredients into a fluid stream. The dispensing nozzle assembly may include a micro-ingredient mixing chamber, a number of micro-ingredient lines in communication with the micro-ingredient mixing chamber such that the micro-ingredients mix therein, and a mixed micro-ingredient exit such the mixed micro-ingredients are dispensed into the fluid stream.06-03-2010
20110024448Apparatus and method for dispensing foam - A foam transfer device is described, for use with aerosol canister apparatus for producing a sclerosant foam for the treatment of, inter alia, varicose veins. The device enables diversion of an initial quantity of below-specification foam from the canister to waste, e.g. to an integral waste chamber, before dispensing a further quantity of foam for use in treatment. The switching of the flow from the waste chamber to a different outlet for use is accomplished without interrupting the flow from the aerosol canister since this would cause the foam to drop below specification again. The waste chamber may be transparent so that the foam entering it can be observed and a decision made by a user when to stop diverting foam to waste. Alternatively, the foam may be diverted automatically e.g. when a set time has elapsed or a set volume of foam dispensed. The foam for use is normally dispensed into a syringe for subsequent injection into a varicose vein of a patient.02-03-2011
20110226806FLUID STORAGE AND DISPENSING SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES - Fluid storage and dispensing systems and processes involving various structures methods for fluid storage and dispensing, including, pre-connect verification couplings that are usefully employed with fluid storage and dispensing packages to ensure proper coupling and avoid fluid contamination issues, empty detect systems (e.g., monitoring pressure of dispensed liquid medium to detect pressure droop conditions) useable with fluid storage and dispensing packages incorporating liners that are pressure-compressed in the fluid dispensing operation, ergonomically enhanced structures for facilitating removal of a dispense connector from a capped vessel, cap integrity assurance systems for preventing misuse of vessel caps, and keycoding systems for ensuring coupling of proper dispense assemblies and vessels. Fluid storage and dispensing systems achieve zero or near-zero headspace character, and prevent or ameliorate solubilization effects in liquid dispensing from liners in overpack vessels.09-22-2011
20110226805Dispensing system - A dispensing system includes a container securing mechanism configured to secure a container in a fully engaged position suitable for dispensing a substance held within the container and further configured to release the container from the fully engaged position upon the actuation of a container release actuator. The system can further include a container stop mechanism configured to stop the container in a disengaged position upon release of the container from the container securing mechanism, the disengaged position being between the fully engaged position and a position in which the container is fully released from the system. The system can include a movable multiple use hammer assembly that functions to automatically release the container from the system under predetermined conditions.09-22-2011
20110031270Adhesive Dispenser System - A dispenser system employs a packaging module for use with moisture sensitive materials. The packaging module comprises an outer carton and an inner bladder, which is substantially impermeable to moisture and is filled with one part of an adhesive. The carton is loaded on a mobile cart and the one part adhesive is supplied to a pump/mixer without exposure to moisture in the atmosphere. The packaging and dispensing system can be used in conjunction with mechanized adhesive application equipment for the construction trades. A cart which employs multiple transversely spaced mixing nozzles is employed to produce transversely spaced beads of adhesive as the cart is pushed along a surface. Part 1 adhesive component and part 2 adhesive component are independently pumped to mixing nozzles which dispense the adhesive in beads.02-10-2011
20110031266MATERIAL EXTRUDER - A method and apparatus for extruding viscous materials is provided. A dispenser comprises a control mechanism(s), a material containing structure and ports adapted to be coupled to a portable high-pressure gas source. A user controls a flow of the high-pressure gas with a control mechanism such as a trigger. The gas moves a piston inside the material containing structure and displaces viscous materials, such as an explosive, out of the structure through an output port or an output port coupled to a nozzle. A transparent materials tube may be provided to facilitate visual monitoring of the material flow. Localized and system wide pressure is controlled by structural design, material application on a structural component or control mechanisms to mitigate or eliminate a possibility of unintended effects from extrusion of the material including explosion due to overly high pressures between components of the extruder system.02-10-2011
20110031268ELECTROKINETIC PUMP DESIGNS AND DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS - One embodiment of the present invention provides a piston assembly having a piston housing filled with an electrolyte; a housing within the piston housing that divides the piston housing into a first portion and a second portion, the housing having apertures, a shaft connecting the housing to a piston head outside of the piston housing; and a porous material inside of the housing in contact with the electrolyte. Additionally, there are provided a method for filling the delivery chamber with a delivery fluid by withdrawing the piston head from within the delivery chamber. Yet another embodiment provides a method for filling a fluid delivery assembly by withdrawing a shaft from within the fluid delivery assembly to simultaneously displace a moving pump element within the delivery chamber and bypass fluid around a housing in the pump chamber.02-10-2011
20110031267SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FRAUD DETECTION AND SHUT-OFF AT A FUEL DISPENSER - A system and method of detecting fuel theft at a fuel dispenser. The dispenser has a primary flow meter, an auxiliary flow detection device positioned at an entrance of a dispenser, and an auxiliary dispenser shutoff system. A rate of flow through the primary flow meter and a rate of flow through the auxiliary flow detection device are calculated. The primary flow meter rate of flow and the auxiliary flow detection device rate of flow are compared. If the difference exceeds a threshold, a shutoff signal is provided to the auxiliary dispenser shutoff system to stop fuel flow through the dispenser.02-10-2011
20110031271VALVING FOR A REFILLABLE REUSABLE MIXER BOTTLE - A self-contained mixing and dispensing container having at least two chambers, includes a valving combination of two oppositely installed one-way valves by which fluid may be transferred from one chamber to another by deforming one chamber. One of the valves permits the transfer of fluid and the other valve, communicates with the ambient atmosphere, to permit air into the deformed chamber to replace the removed fluid.02-10-2011
20110031269MUSHROOM GROWING MATERIAL APPLICATION SYSTEM - A system for applying mushroom growing materials includes a hopper for the materials. A blower unit creates an air stream which acts as a carrier for blowing the material fed by the hopper through a transport hose wrapped partially around a reel. The hose communicates with and feeds the material to an applicating head which is mounted on a mushroom bed. The material is conveyed through the applicating head by being spread in a transverse direction by a distributor. The material is then fed to an applicating member which is preferably a conveyor belt. The conveyor belt deposits the material onto the mushroom bed.02-10-2011
20100155415SELECT FILL SENSOR SYSTEM FOR REFRIGERATOR DISPENSERS - A refrigerator includes a dispenser having a dispenser well, a control for regulating a product dispensing operation, and a select fill sensor system for automatically initiating and terminating the dispensing operation. An optical sensing system includes a camera within the dispenser well in communication with a controller for sensing the fill rate of a container within the dispenser well. The dispensing rate of product is adjusted depending on the product fill rate of the container such that optimum fill rates are obtained without overflow or spilling events. In this manner, a hands-free dispenser is provided that can be utilized regardless of the shape or size of container utilized.06-24-2010
20110210143BEVERAGE POUCH AND METHOD OF USE - A pouch for dispensing of a usable liquid comprises at least first and second compartments, the first and second compartments separated from each other by a first rupturable seal; which ruptures upon application of a force so that the first and second compartments are in communication with each other. The first compartment has a fill port with a tamperproof seal and is either empty or contains a gas such as air or an inert gas. The second compartment has at least a first material therein to be mixed with one or more liquids to be introduced into the first compartment via the fill port to form the usable liquid.09-01-2011
20110210142DIPTUBE APPARATUS AND DELIVERY METHOD - This invention relates to a vapor or liquid phase reagent dispensing apparatus having a diptube and also 09-01-2011
20110127290Dispensing Devices and Methods - Embodiments of the present invention provide dispensers, and particularly automatic dispensers, and even more particularly, automatic soap dispensers for dispensing a foamed soap to a user's hands.06-02-2011
20100163574SYRINGES AND METHODS OF SYRINGE MANUFACTURING - A syringe for holding fluids susceptible to void formation when frozen and thawed before use. The interior surface of the syringe sidewall may be roughened, which serves to prevent or significantly reduce the incidence of void formation in the fluid. The required level of surface roughening for counteracting void formation may be reduced by increasing the sidewall flexibility. Alternatively, the flexibility of the syringe sidewall may operate over certain thickness ranges to prevent or significantly reduce void formation in the fluid without intentionally roughening the interior surface.07-01-2010
20100163573Low cost radio frequency identification (RFID) dispensing systems - A radio frequency identification (RFID) dispenser that includes low cost electronic components that can read and write to the tag of a refill cartridge. In one embodiment, the reader utilizes a multi band pass filter to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal that is processed by a controller to perform a dispensing function representative to the code of the tag. In another embodiment, the controller utilizes an internal comparator to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal that is processed by a controller to perform a dispensing function representative to the code of the tag. The dispenser in both embodiments also includes a pair of transistors that write to the RFID tag of the refill cartridge. A dispenser according to the invention also includes the capability to read and/or write to tags upon cartridges employed by the dispenser, and augmenting the operation of the dispenser as a function thereof. Additionally, a dispenser of variable size is presented that is adaptable, through adjustable partitions or a telescoping cup, to receive and maintain cartridges of various sizes.07-01-2010
20100163572Beverage Dispenser - There is disclosed a beverage dispenser in which a cooled pre-mixed carbonated beverage, or a carbonated beverage component such as soda water, is dispensed through a delivery valve (07-01-2010
20100230434COOLING, CARBONATION AND DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR A LIQUID IN A KEG - A cooling, carbonation and dispensing system for use with a liquid in a keg includes a cooling ring contacting the keg. The cooling ring provides an opening through which dry ice is placed. The cooling ring and dry ice provide contact cooling of the keg, as well as carbon dioxide gas by sublimation of the dry ice to carbonate the liquid in the keg and pressure on the liquid so that it may be dispensed from the keg. A chilling unit having a hose bundle is adjacent the keg and the cooling ring. A liquid dispensing hose from the keg coupler on the keg connects to the hose bundle, so that liquid from the keg passes through the hose bundle. A lid having a tower is attached to the top of the chilling unit and latched to it to form a water-tight seal. Another hose connects to the hose bundle in the chilling unit and conducts the liquid to a dispensing hose attached to a dispenser in the tower. Wet ice is placed in the chilling unit and the tower to provide further chilling (flash chilling) of the liquid. The components of the assembled system may be wrapped in an insulating blanket to provide further cooling.09-16-2010
20110210141Method and device for dosed dispensing of a liquid from a container ("Draught Flair") - Methods and systems for the dosed dispensing of a liquid from a container connected to an outflow channel closable by a liquid valve are presented. Such methods include opening the liquid valve, dispensing a measure of liquid from the container through the outflow channel, closing the liquid valve, and blowing out the outflow channel after closing the liquid valve. For example, during or after closing of the liquid valve the outflow channel can be connected to a gaseous source, the gas at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure. Or, for example, where Flair™ technology is used, a limited quantity of a displacing gas can be guided to the outflow channel during or after closing of the liquid valve, or can be guided into an intermediate chamber connected to the outflow channel during or after closing of the liquid valve.09-01-2011
20110210140REPLACEABLE CONCENTRATE/EXTRACT CARTRIDGE FOR A LIQUID CONCENTRATE/EXTRACT BEVERAGE DISPENSER - A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.09-01-2011
20110240671DISCHARGING MATERIAL FROM HOPPERS AND THE LIKE - An apparatus to effect optimum delivery of dry bulk material from a hopper includes a device to provide vibratory stimulus to the hopper. The device for providing vibratory stimulus includes a device to identify the resonant frequency of the hopper and its contents at any time and to automatically continuously vary the frequency of the vibratory stimulus to maintain this frequency at, or close to, the resonant frequency of the hopper and its contents.10-06-2011
20090212068Nozzle Assembly - A liquid spray nozzle assembly for an outlet pipe of an air blower, the nozzle assembly includes an outer annular member adapted to be secured to the outlet pipe, an inner member radially spaced from and secured to the outer member to define air flow passages, the inner member having a central opening and a lower surface with vanes extending therefrom; and a supply pipe extending into the central opening such that the air flowing through the central opening will act to shear the liquid exiting the supply pipe against the edge of the opening to break up the liquid into droplets that will be carried along in a dispersed pattern with the air flowing between the outer annular member and the inner member.08-27-2009
20090206105Blowing Wool Bag And Method Of Using The Bag - A bag of compressed blowing wool is provided. The bag has an end configured as a tear-away portion enabling the end of the bag to be readily torn away from the bag.08-20-2009
20090218365METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LIQUID DISPENSING - A liquid dispensing device including a dispense head configured to be placed and secured onto a bottle of liquid in a manner which enables the liquid to be dispensed. The dispense head includes a stopper having gas inlets and a liquid intake tube. A gas intake and a dispense spout are also mounted on the dispense head. A valve assembly allows pressurized gas to be introduced into the dispense head and into the bottle of liquid such that selective channeling of gas or liquid can be controlled to flow through the dispense spout thus enabling either liquid to pour through the spout or gas to clear the spout. A system utilizing this dispense head and a method of dispensing liquid using this head are possible with this device.09-03-2009
20090218366DISPENSER MIXING MODULE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AND USING SAME - A mixing module that includes a mixing chamber formed of a cold flow material and placed within a housing which includes a compression device for compressing the cold flow material through which extends a reciprocating rod, preferably in the form of a valve rod relative to one or more chemical ports formed in the mixing chamber to mix or deliver chemicals within a mixing reception recess. The mixing chamber features a locking arrangement between the cold flow material mixing chamber and the housing which acts to prevent movement of the mixing chamber within the housing due to a sticking of the reciprocating rod to the mixing chamber which otherwise produces a position change in the mixing chamber as the compression device is temporarily compressed until the rod be comes unstuck and releases. The invention also includes an open front and rear end housing with releasable front and rear caps allowing easy insertion of the mixing chamber preferably having an annular front end rim as the locking member for receipt within a corresponding recess in the housing.09-03-2009
20090039105Controlled removal of liquids - A selected process, such as the removal of oil from a tank, is controlled by a sensor which monitors changes in a characteristic of the liquid that flows past the sensor to initiate the control process.02-12-2009
20120241467Metering Device - A metering device for removing a medium from a pressurized medium container, with a metering container which is designed to measure off a quantity of the medium and which has a first region and a second region, wherein the first region is separated from the second region by a movable separating element, and the separating element has a first contact face, which is directed towards the first region and delimits or closes off the first region, and a second contact face, which is directed toward the second region and delimits or closes off the second region, wherein the first contact face and the second contact face have different surface dimensions.09-27-2012
20110095048METHOD OF MIXING AND EXTRUDING VISCOUS MATERIALS AND GEARBOX FOR DISPENSING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a method of mixing and dispensing viscous materials, comprising the steps of: inserting a cartridge containing one or more viscous materials in a chamber; activating a first motor (04-28-2011
20100065579SLIDEABLE FLOW METERING DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS - A novel enhanced flow metering device is disclosed, as well as related methods, that safely controls and meters the flow of a flow material. A pump fills a flow metering device with a flow material, which then dispenses the flow material to a target. The flow material charges the device by moving into at least one chamber when an actuation shaft is in a charging position. Flow materials are dispensed from the chambers of the flow metering device when the actuation shaft is moved into at least one dispensing positions.03-18-2010
20110079607SEALANT SYSTEM - A sealant system is provided having a first container with a hollow interior containing a reaction material. A second container having reactant material is arranged within the hollow interior. To use the sealant system, an operator ruptures the second container releasing reactant material into the hollow interior. The reaction and reactant material are mixed to form a sealing material. The container may include an elongated portion with a removable end to facilitate dispensing of the sealing material.04-07-2011
20110101022DUAL HOPPER FROZEN DISPENSER - A food dispensing apparatus includes a refrigerated cabinet having a dispense aperture, a hopper, an accumulator assembly, a weighing system, and a flap door. The hopper is positioned in the cabinet and configured to hold food articles. The accumulator assembly is positioned vertically below the first hopper and includes an accumulator bin and a door assembly. The accumulator door is positioned in the cabinet and arranged to receive food articles dispensed from the first hopper. The door assembly is configured to retain the food articles in the accumulator bin and is actuatable between an open position and a closed position. The weighing system is configured to determine an amount of food articles held in the accumulator bin. The flap door is positioned adjacent to the door assembly and is movable between a closed position substantially sealing closed the cabinet dispense aperture, and an open position. The flap door automatically closes upon actuation of the door assembly into the closed position.05-05-2011
20110101021Multi-Chambered Container - A multi-chambered container for storing and dispensing flowable substances and method for using the same. The container includes a plurality of individual chambers each containing a flowable substance. Each chamber is in fluid communication with a discharge valve assembly. The valve assembly selectively dispenses a single one of the flowable substances in response to one of the chambers being pressed or squeezed by a user without simultaneously dispensing the remaining substances. In preferred embodiments, the container includes at least two, and more preferably three or more chambers.05-05-2011
20110073613FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM - A fluid dispenser is disclosed where a backoff distance is determined and implemented to prevent leakage while dispensing sequentially an accurate, precise amount of fluid substantially independent of the fluid remaining in a syringe-type dispenser. The fluid characteristics of the fluid, e.g. viscosity, surface tension, etc. affect the backoff distance that may be determined heuristically for fluid type, amount of fluid remaining in the syringe and amount to be dispensed. Once the fluid characteristics are known, the dispensing may be accomplished automatically with a processor loading new drive and backoff steps to a motor controller.03-31-2011
20110068120Dispensing Apparatus and Method for Semi-Solid Product - Dispensing apparatus is primarily intended for dispensing product from product containers by extrusion. In controlling discharge of product a flexible tube is connected to the container outlet and the tube is engageable with drive means for deforming the tube and controlling product discharged along the tube to an outlet nozzle. Usually there will be valves towards the entry and exit of the flexible tube and the drive means engages the tube between the spaced positions.03-24-2011
20110068121DOSING DEVICE FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM - The invention proposes a dosing device (03-24-2011
20110068119Tip-Less Pastry Bag - A dispensing package for fluid products generally comprises a bag having a filling end and a dispensing end. A dispensing orifice is located on the dispensing end, to provide a channel through which a fluid product may be dispensed. The dispensing orifice may further comprise more than one orifice. A removable seal may be provided to cover the dispensing orifice. A fluid product may be contained within the bag, and the fluid product may be frozen.03-24-2011
20110062182DISPENSER WITH AN AUTOMATIC PUMP OUTPUT DETECTION SYSTEM - A dispenser with an automatic pump output detection system provides a pump with an adjustable output. The pump is coupled to a current sensor that generates an operating profile based on the electrical current consumed during each dispensement of material by the pump. A controller that includes one or more previously-stored reference profiles that correspond to discrete pump output amount values that are compared with each generated operating profile, whereby the discrete pump output amounts associated with the matching reference profile is used to compute various usage data associated with the operation of the dispenser.03-17-2011
20110147406TWO PIECE DISPENSER - A system and method of dispensing a beverage using gas pressure provides a single use bottle that contains the beverage. A single use dispensing valve is coupled to the bottle to seal the beverage in the bottle. A reusable gas pressure regulator is coupled to the dispensing valve. A single use pressurized gas cartridge that provides an amount of gas just sufficient to dispense the beverage contained in the bottle is coupled to the gas pressure regulator with a piercer that pierces the gas cartridge to supply gas with a regulated pressure. The bottle may be made of PET plastic. The dispensing valve may be coupled to a threaded neck on the bottle. The bottle may hold approximately 1.5 gallons of beverage. The gas cartridge may hold approximately 16 grams of CO06-23-2011
20100264161Methods and Containers for Reducing Spillage and Residual Liquid when Pouring Liquid Out of a Container - A method of reducing spillage and residual liquid when pouring liquid includes temporarily deforming a liquid-carrying resilient container to press a buoyant member into a position sealing a fluid flow passage of the container, which is then inverted and the force is released to permit the member to float away from the passage such that liquid freely passes therethrough. When the fluid level is no longer sufficient to float the member away from the passage, an additional step prevents the ball from becoming or remaining seated in the sealing position so that residual liquid left in the container can be drained through the passage. Novel containers feature a ball-shaped member of larger size relative to the passage to ease unseating of the member therefrom for draining of residual liquid, and novel two-piece container constructions accommodate insertion of such larger balls prior to final assembly of the container.10-21-2010
20100301064MIXING APPARATUS - A method and apparatus for delivery of a plurality of input fluids, at least two of which are liquids, in a foam delivery system, including a fluid controller having: a delivery mechanism for each fluid, at least one test parameter transducer for each fluid configured to measure a test parameter associated with each fluid, and a control system configured to receive the output of each test parameter transducer and to issue a termination signal configured to stop each of the delivery mechanisms if the measured parameter deviates from a preset range of values.12-02-2010
20110248043Fluid Flow Measuring and Proportional Fluid Flow Control Device - Embodiments disclosed herein provide restrictive-flow flow measurement devices, valve improvements and signal control devices and processes that control the flow of liquids, including control processes for single-liquid calibration. In some embodiments, a fluid flow device can be calibrated using a single standard calibration fluid. The fluid flow of a first fluid through a flow meter is measured by calculating a first pressure difference between pressures sensed by two pressure sensors of the flow meter. The fluid flow of a second fluid through the flow meter is measured by calculating a second pressure difference between pressures sensed by the same two pressure sensors. A calibration coefficient is determined based upon the relationship between the flow rate, the fluid density and the calculated pressure difference for the first and second fluids. A relationship between the calibration coefficient and the kinematic viscosity of each fluid is then determined and stored.10-13-2011
20100294796PYRAMID SHAPED NEEDLE POINT - A hollow needle comprising a shaft having a distal portion suitable for passing through an elastomer closure of a container, said shaft extending in a longitudinal direction and having a central longitudinal axis, and having an internal longitudinal conduit therein for the flow of liquid and one or more orifices communicating between the conduit and the exterior of the needle, the distal portion of the shaft being provided with a pointed end that has a profile comprising a cutting edge in the form of two part cutting edges converging in the longitudinal direction to meet at the needle point, each part cutting edge extending in a straight line in a widthways direction across a plane including the central longitudinal axis, on both widthways sides of the cutting edge the pointed end having a profile which is a non-cutting surface, wherein the pointed end of the needle tapers from an outer surface of said distal portion toward the point of the needle, and the distance, measured in a further plane defined by said two part cutting edges between the outermost ends of said part cutting edges, is smaller than the largest outer dimension of said distal portion, measured perpendicular to said central axis in said further plane.11-25-2010
20100294795ONE-PIECE VENTED PISTON - A vented piston (11-25-2010
20100294793LIQUID PROJECTION APPARATUS - A method of projecting liquid as jets or droplets from a nozzle provided on a transducer formed by a region of a material layer, the method comprising the steps of:11-25-2010
20100243670METHODS AND PRODUCTS FOR REPLENISHING A POLISHING SLURRY IN A POLISHING APPARATUS - Methods and products for replenishing a polishing slurry in a chemical-mechanical polishing apparatus. A preformulated polishing slurry is packaged within a container having flexible walls. When it is time to replenish the polishing slurry in a polishing apparatus, an operator manipulates the sealed container by hand, which causes deformation of the container walls. The deformation of the container walls leads to the rapid and substantially complete resuspension of the abrasive particles into the polishing slurry. Once the abrasive particles have been sufficiently resuspended, the container having flexible walls is unsealed and the polishing slurry is poured into a slurry tank associated with the polishing apparatus.09-30-2010
20100252568LOCKING DISPENSER - A locking dispenser to dispense material from a replaceable refill container maintains a lock assembly having a plurality of spring-biased plungers configured in accordance with a predetermined lock parameter. The refill container carries a collar that includes a plurality of markers configured in accordance with a predetermined key parameter. Thus, when a refill container having a key parameter that is compatible with the lock parameter of the key block is installed at the dispenser, the plungers transition from a locked state to an unlocked state to enable the movement of an actuator, which when depressed by a user, results in the dispensement of material from the refill container.10-07-2010
20100089945AIRLESS DISPENSING PUMP - An airless dispenser pump assembly includes a pump mechanism with an inlet valve that is configured to efficiently pump viscous fluids and that is able to be pre-primed when the pump mechanism is attached to a container. In one form, the inlet valve includes a seal member that seals an inlet port of the pump and an outer support member that secures the inlet valve to the rest of the pump mechanism. Two or more legs generally extend in a circumferential direction between the support member and the seal member in order to create a large flow opening for fluid flow through the inlet valve when opened and to rapidly close the inlet valve. The pump mechanism further includes an outlet valve that is configured to draw fluid back from a nozzle of the pump after dispensing in order to minimize build up around the nozzle.04-15-2010
20110253741METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING A VISCOUS MATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE - A dispenser for dispensing a volume of viscous material on a substrate includes a frame, a gantry system coupled to the frame, and a dispenser unit coupled to the gantry system. The dispenser unit includes a housing having a chamber and a piston disposed in the chamber. The piston is configured to move between a pre-dispense position and a dispense position within the chamber. The dispenser unit further includes a dispensing bore configured to receive the piston therein and a nozzle coupled to the housing. A controller is coupled to the piston to control the operation of the piston. The dispenser is constructed such that a volume of viscous material dispensed from the dispensing bore is substantially equal to the volume of the piston entering the dispensing bore when moving the piston to the dispense position. Other embodiments and methods of dispensing viscous material are further disclosed.10-20-2011
20090145921Method and Device for Producing a Multicomponent Compound - The method and the device for producing a multicomponent compound, in particular for dental purposes, is characterized in that the pressing-out process, at the beginning thereof, is carried out at a reduced pressure.06-11-2009
20090001096Method of Mixing and Extruding Viscous Materials and Gearbox for Dispensing the Same - The present invention relates to a method of mixing and dispensing viscous materials, comprising the steps of: inserting a cartridge containing one or more viscous materials in a chamber; activating a first motor (01-01-2009
20090127281Slap-On Resealable Closure - The present invention is a closure capable of being applied to an existing container structure in order to form a releasable closure thereon. The closure includes base formed of a flexible material having an adhesive disposed on one side thereof in order to attach the closure to the exterior of a container. The closure also includes a flap secured at one end to the base opposite the adhesive which can be selectively adhered to the base over an opening formed in the base by a releasable adhesive disposed on the base or on the flap. The closure can conform to the shape of the exterior surface of the container to which it is secured and can be used with an aperture formed in the exterior of the container in alignment with the opening in the base to selectively dispense material from the interior of the container through the closure attached to the container.05-21-2009
20090127280Multi material dispensing gun - A multi material dispensing gun that can receive high pressure different materials therein, keep the materials separated, and then simultaneously dispense the materials therefrom. Valves are positioned in the gun to permit leading seals of barrier fluid chambers to be subject to the high pressure only during gun dispensing. Dispense pins control opening and closing of the valves. A manual trigger can be used to control movement of the dispense pins via an actuator arrangement. The valves, dispense pins, and barrier fluid chambers are part of a replaceable modular gun segment. This segment is removably connected to a dispense segment that includes the material inlets and dispense outlets.05-21-2009
20080223873DYNAMIC CONTROL OF PROCESS CHEMISTRY FOR IMPROVED WITHIN-SUBSTRATE PROCESS UNIFORMITY - A method and system for dynamically controlling a process chemistry above a substrate is described. The system for adjusting the process chemistry comprises a ring configured to surround a peripheral edge of a substrate in a vacuum processing system. The ring comprises one or more gas distribution passages formed within the ring and configured to supply an additive process gas through an upper surface of the ring to the peripheral region of the substrate, wherein the one or more gas distribution passages are configured to be coupled to one or more corresponding gas supply passages formed within the substrate holder upon which the ring rests.09-18-2008
20100038377DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EMPTYING JARS - According to the invention, a mandrel, provided with tabs for holding jars containing powders and for turning the jars upside down in order to empty them through the neck, is equipped with vibration generators for exciting the walls of the jar in order to shake off the powder masses adhering thereto. The method is much more efficient than even more energetic shock applications, and frequency scanning can further be advantageously applied. One application relates to an emptying step in methods for the production of nuclear fuel pellets by powder agglomeration.02-18-2010
20100224649BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM USING HIGHLY CONCENTRATED BEVERAGE SYRUP - A fountain beverage dispenser for constituting a beverage by mixture of a beverage syrup and a diluent for the syrup is characterized by use of a highly concentrated beverage syrup supply and at least one diluent and syrup blending station for diluting the highly concentrated syrup with diluent before the diluted syrup is mixed with diluent in the final mixture of syrup and diluent delivered to a dispensing nozzle.09-09-2010
20100276442PERSONALIZED DRY OR BULK DISPENSING SYSTEM - An appliance with a rear wall section, a first side wall section, and a second side wall section, defining an interior. The appliance includes a refrigerator section within the appliance interior and the refrigerator section has the same or a smaller volume than the appliance interior. The appliance also includes a door with an exterior surface and an interior surface with a door liner. Further included is a module removably engaged with the appliance. Yet further included is a resealable comestible dry goods container having a defined interior volume, an exterior, and a bottom portion where the container is removably engaged within the module.11-04-2010
20100276443SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING ICED BEVERAGES - A system for providing an iced alcoholic beverage such as iced beer or carbonated soft drink includes a source of chilled coolant (11-04-2010
20100276441REDUCED FLOW SALT SHAKER - A dispenser for salt or other dry granulated material includes a combination of a container, a sprinkling cap and a flow-reducing element located between the sprinkling cap and an opening of the container. The flow-reducing element includes openings such that it allows fewer granules to pass when the container is inverted and shaken than would otherwise be allowed by the sprinkling cap alone. The combination of the sprinkling cap and the internal flow-reducing element provide the function of evenly releasing and distributing the granules in an expected and continuous manner, yet at a significantly lower rate than standard dispensers.11-04-2010
20100276446OIL DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A POPCORN POPPING MACHINE - An oil delivery system for a popcorn popping machine to deliver cooking oil to a kettle of the popping machine. In one embodiment, the oil delivery system includes more or more containers of oil which are supported within a cabinet of the popping machine so that the outlet of each container is facing downwardly so as to be oriented along a vertical axis. Flexible tubing is provided to connect the outlets of the containers to a pump of the oil delivery system. Each container may comprise a flexible bag which is enclosed in a rectangular box. The outlets of the flexible bags include quick connect/disconnect connectors which are connected with quick connect/disconnect connectors provided on the flexible tubing. The oil delivery system is provided with a flow sensor to detect when a container of oil is empty and provide an alert to an operator to remove and replace the container with a filled container. An electronic valve is provided in the oil delivery system to control the flow of oil from the containers.11-04-2010
20100276445CONTAINERS FOR REDUCING OR ELIMINATING FOAMING - A foam reducing or eliminating container for containing a liquid includes: a container body having a top portion, a bottom portion and an opening for adding a liquid to or removing a liquid from the container body; and a hollow baffle located within the container with first and second openings therein. The first and second openings are covered with a pierceable seal, wherein the first opening of the baffle is at least partially aligned with the opening of the container. In a preferred embodiment, the container is a reagent supply container for an automated analyzer, which includes: a container as described above; and a closure which is movable away from the opening of the container to be in an open position and movable into contact with the opening to be in a closed position. In another preferred embodiment a reagent supply for an automated analyzer includes: the reagent supply container as described above; and a liquid reagent therein. The second opening of the baffle is submerged in liquid. A method for reducing or eliminating the aspiration of foam into a metering probe includes: providing a reagent supply as described above; providing a metering probe movable in a direction toward and away from the reagent supply; moving the closure away from the opening of the container; piercing both seals covering the first and second openings of the baffle allowing liquid to enter the baffle from the end of the baffle submerged in the liquid, wherein the seals may or may not be pierced with the metering probe; moving the metering probe into the first opening of the baffle and into contact with the liquid in the baffle; aspirating a selected amount of liquid in the baffle; and moving the metering probe out of the baffle.11-04-2010
20110163116Bottled water dispenser - Embodiments of an improved bottled water dispenser are loadable from beneath and may include a movable cart which is used to position the water bottle in the bottled water dispenser. The moveable cart may be angled to facilitate removal of water from the bottle, as well as to facilitate loading of bottle onto movable cart. The movable cart may include a retaining feature and a drawbridge to facilitate loading of the bottle onto the platform. In other embodiments the water dispenser includes a funnel member positioned at the top of the bottle, and a rod member which is movable to engage the funnel member, placing a pump in fluid communication with the water.07-07-2011
20110163119Ingredient Release Spout - The present application provides an ingredient release spout with an ingredient therein for use on a container. The ingredient release spout may include a cap with the ingredient therein and a nozzle. The cap may include a diaphragm with a capsule insert extending therefrom. The nozzle may include a cutting device therein such that rotating the cap pulls the diaphragm and the capsule insert towards the cutting device.07-07-2011
20110163114PRESSURIZED STERILE LIQUID DISPENSER - A pressurized dispenser for dispensing sterile liquids in droplets having a flexible nozzle with flexible dispensing tip is provided. The tip has an opening which is normally sealed around a central plug. The dispenser is inverted and by pressing the side of the flexible nozzle a valve releases pressurized liquid into the space between the central plug and the dispensing tip which causes the tip to expand and release droplets.07-07-2011
20110253738Metering Dispensing System With One-Piece Pump Assembly - A liquid dispensing device includes a storage container having an opening and dome pump assembly attached thereto substantially over the opening for metered dispensing. The dome pump assembly is integrally formed with a dome button, top portion extension and valve to facilitate manufacture and reduce costs of the pump while improving performance thereof. The valve is employed to pull liquid from the storage container into the dome for metering. An exit passageway formed from the extension and container wall serves as an output valve. The user squeezes the dome and the opposite side of the container pouch con-currently to seal the flapper valve to urge liquid out through the exit passageway for actual dispensing.10-20-2011
20110163121METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VOLUMETRIC DISPLACEMENT - Provided is a method for volumetric displacement of a predetermined desired volume ΔV of target material from a first location to a second location. The method including: (a) providing a rigid control volume having a V07-07-2011
20110163120METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING MATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE - A dispensing apparatus includes a frame, a support coupled to the frame, a gantry coupled to the frame, a first dispensing unit coupled to the gantry, a second dispensing unit coupled to the gantry, and an imaging system coupled to one of the frame and the gantry. The imaging system may be configured to capture at least one image of a first pattern and a second pattern, with the second pattern being identical to the first pattern. The dispensing apparatus further includes a controller configured to verify whether the first pattern and the second pattern are properly positioned on the support with respect to one another based on the at least one captured image to permit simultaneous dispense operations of the first dispensing unit on the first pattern and the second dispensing unit on the second pattern. Other embodiments and methods of dispensing are further disclosed.07-07-2011
20110163118Metered Dispenser - A dispensing apparatus includes a container having an opening, and a doser coupled with the container about the container opening. The doser includes a housing forming a chamber with an interior wall, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is diametrically offset from the outlet, and substantially aligned with the opening of the container. The doser also includes a covering member to alternatively cover and open the inlet and the outlet. The covering member is movable about a range of positions to substantially completely cover at least one of the inlet and outlet at all positions in the range. The covering member covers no more than a portion of the chamber interior wall when the covering member completely opens the outlet.07-07-2011
20110163115EPOXY INJECTION CONTROLLER - An epoxy injection controller including a housing having a housing body and a handle, the housing body having a front wall, opposing side walls, a bottom wall, and a rear wall, and the handle having a front wall. A cartridge holder configured to receive a cartridge of material is disposed within the housing. A trigger having a first end and a second end is rotatable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A rotatable link member having a first end and a second end is disposed within the housing, and is in engagement with the trigger. An actuator for dispensing material from the cartridge is selectively engaged with the link member. The actuator dispenses material from the cartridge when the trigger is unlocked, and the actuator is retracted from the cartridge and prevented from dispensing material from the cartridge when the trigger is locked.07-07-2011
20100320224System for Avoiding Excessive Pressure while Discharging Compressed Gas Cylinders - A system and method of safely discharging hydraulic fluid from a compressed gas cylinder, comprises filling first and second compressed gas cylinders with compressed gas. A compressed gas dispensing system has a pump that pumps hydraulic oil into the compressed gas cylinders to maintain a desired pressure while gas is dispensed. Gas is dispensed from the first cylinder while hydraulic fluid is pumped into the cylinder to maintain the desired pressure. Once the first cylinder is depleted, the hydraulic oil is discharged from the first cylinder. The process is repeated for the second cylinder. However, the hydraulic oil must be discharged from the second cylinder before the substantial depletion of the gas. To safely discharge the hydraulic oil, compressed gas from the second cylinder is distributed into the first cylinder. Once the second cylinder has reached a safe discharge pressure or volume, the hydraulic fluid is discharged.12-23-2010
20100320226DISPOSABLE PUMP, A DISPENSING SYSTEM COMPRISING A PUMP AND A METHOD FOR DISPENSING LIQUID - A disposable pump for a liquid dispensing system including a compressible container, includes—a housing forming a chamber and a dispensing opening wherein the pressure in the chamber may be varied for pumping liquid from the container to the chamber, and from the chamber to the dispensing opening, and a regulator fixedly arranged in the chamber for regulating a flow of liquid between the container and the chamber and between the chamber and the dispensing opening, the regulator including an outer valve for regulating the flow between the chamber and the dispensing opening. The pump may assume a closed position, in which a volume of liquid is drawn from the container to the chamber by a negative pressure created in the chamber, and a dispensing position, in which a volume of liquid is drawn from the chamber to the dispensing opening. The outer valve is displaceable between a symmetrical position corresponding to the closed position, where the outer valve is in sealing contact with the housing, and a tilted position corresponding to the dispensing position, where the outer valve is movable to and from sealing contact with the housing dependent on the pressure in the chamber, and the displacement of the outer valve from the symmetrical position to the tilted position requiring external force being applied to the pump and transferred to the regulator independent of the pressure variations in the chamber.12-23-2010
20100320225Coffee and Tea Dosing System - A doser for dispensing a predetermined dose of material. The doser may include an agitation device, with the material stored in the agitation device, and a dosing block cooperating with the agitation system.12-23-2010
20110084090Angled spout dispensing device - A container dispensing device is provided having a storage mode and a dispensing mode wherein a pouring spout comprising a threaded first end, an angled configured second end, having an exterior engaging mechanism, positioned and functioning at all times inside both a draw sleeve having an interior engaging mechanism, and a first cap opening. Said draw sleeve is positioned directly above an exterior threaded upper extension of said first cap, which remains attached at all times to said container by a first engaging mechanism. The exterior of said draw sleeve, housed inside a second cap, is kept dry in said storage mode, on an upper side by a seal positioned therein, and on a lower side by a multi-functional seal secured to a top edge of said upper extension of said first cap. Conversion of said dispensing device from said storage mode to said dispensing mode, requires handling only a dry exterior surface of said second cap and said draw sleeve. Said spout is placed at a desired angled position within said container and withdraw to a point of contact between its said exterior engaging mechanism and said interior engaging mechanism of said draw sleeve, clockwise rotation of which, draws an outer end flange of a second end, to a respective surface under said first cap in a sealed fashion. Said spout is thereby converted from said storage mote to said dispensing mode utilizing said draw sleeve, having said interior engaging mechanism. A holding mechanism with a protruding center pin, positioned inside said second cap, is rotated counter-clockwise causing disengagement from said spout, opening a first end. Counter rotation of said holding mechanism onto a closed exterior threaded air vent, causes said protruding center pin to open an air valve disposed therein, or optionally operated manually, providing passage of air to said container facilitating egress of materials disposed therein, and closed upon counter rotation and removal. Returning said holding mechanism to said first end of said spout places said container dispensing device in said dispensing mode where, utilizing said seals provided, it may function repeatedly in a substantially safe fashion, or be returned to said storage mode by reversing procedures described above. A variation of the present invention provides an upper extension of a first cap with exterior engaging mechanism, for insertion into, or otherwise attached to, existing or manufactured fuel container caps, to function as a conversion kit, accommodating the functioning components of the present invention. A second variation provides a conversion kit comprising an interior threaded air vent extension, housing an air valve, which rotates onto existing or manufactured exterior threaded container air vents, located and designed to be operated by a centrally positioned protruding center pin of a second cap rotated holding mechanism.04-14-2011
20100282773Entertaining or Advertising Hygiene Apparatus - A method and apparatus are disclosed which involve an improved way to coerce use of a soap dispenser (or other hygiene device). A soap dispenser according to at least one embodiment, includes a teaching or entertaining device that is fun and informative that is triggered when the soap dispenser is utilized. The soap dispenser may also be utilized as an advertising tool.11-11-2010
20100282772AUTOMATIC FLUID DISPENSER - The invention relates to an automatic dispenser for dispensing a fluid and for instructing a user, comprising a) a holder device for a replaceable fluid container, wherein the holder device has a sensor for reading an identification of the replaceable fluid container, b) a delivery device, which enables a dispensing of a fluid from the fluid container, c) one or more touchless proximity sensors for detecting a hand of a user, d) an output device for the time-controlled output of a plurality of visual and/or sound-based instructions of a sequence of instructions to the user, and e) a controller having at least one data memory, wherein in a first data memory sequences of instructions associated with multiple and different replaceable containers and/or the identifications thereof are stored.11-11-2010
20110114666DISPENSING OF FLUIDS - A container for dispensing fluid under pressure, the container have a top and a base with a floor raised above the base by a downwardly depending skirt, a high pressure canister being positioned under the floor of the container within the skirt and having a regulator which is adapted to extend through the floor and into the container, whereby the regulator causes release of gas from the high pressure canister when the internal pressure in the container falls below a predetermined level.05-19-2011
20110114662ACTIVE HOPPER FOR PROMOTING FLOW OF BULK GRANULAR OR POWDERED SOLIDS - An apparatus that promotes the flow of materials has a body having an inner shape for holding the materials, a wall having a shape that approximates a portion of the inner shape of the body, and a vibrator attached to the wall. The wall may be disposed vertically within the body close to the body's inner shape. The vibrator transfers vibrations to the wall to agitate the material and encourage material flow.05-19-2011
20110114665GAS DELIVERY FOR BEAM PROCESSING SYSTEMS - Gas flow from multiple gas sources into a sample chamber of a beam system is controlled by a cycling valve for each gas source, with the gas pressure in the sample chamber being determined by the relative time that the valve is opened and the upstream pressure at the valve. A gas valve positioned inside the vacuum chamber allows rapid response in shutting off a gas. In some preferred embodiments, a precursor gas is supplied from a solid or liquid material in a container that remains outside the vacuum system while in use and which is readily connected or disconnected to the gas injection system without significant leakage.05-19-2011
20110114664Dispenser with Aligned Spinner Motor and Valve Assembly for Dispensing Flowable Product - A dispenser (05-19-2011
20110132923Colorant Recirculation and Dispense Valve - A combination dispense and recirculation valve assembly is disclosed for viscous fluids. The assembly easily moves between a dispense and a recirculation position. Therefore, a pump linked to the canister of fluid being dispensed can be run continuously, intermittently or on demand. After the dispense, the actuator moves the valve stem downward to block any further dispense and the pump recirculates fluid upward past an upper valve element and upper valve seat into a recirculation outlet and back into the canister. In the closed position, the valve chamber is sealed to prevent air from causing any remaining colorant to dry. When a dispense is desired, the actuator simply raises the valve stem upward so the upper valve element engages the upper valve seat thereby preventing fluid from being recycled and directing all fluid downward past the lower valve element and out through the nozzle. The combination dispense and recycle valve assembly is particularly useful for multiple fluid dispensers including, but not limited to paint dispensers.06-09-2011
20110132924DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADVANCING AN ADVANCING ELEMENT - A drive device for advancing an advancing element (06-09-2011
20110132922BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND/OR METHOD - Apparatuses are disclosed for a small group to drink a potable liquid, such as an alcoholic beverage, or other beverage. A container preferably made of glass, metal, and/or ceramic material, and having an aperture, is provided to accommodate the potable liquid. A substance with a selected temperature is added to the container. A prefilled canister of potable liquid can then be inserted through the aperture so that the canister comes in contact with the first substance, whereby the selected temperature of the substance is allowed to influence the temperature of the canister, and thus the temperature of the potable liquid as well. A dispenser assembly with one or more hoses, pumps, and mouthpieces are also provided. Each such hose, pump, and mouthpiece facilitates a corresponding consumer in consuming the potable liquid. In a preferred embodiment, the pump dispenses a predetermined volume of the beverage to the consumer in a controlled unidirectional flow.06-09-2011
20110253739FLUID CONTAINER UNIT AND METHOD FOR INJECTING DIFFERENT KINDS OF FLUIDS INTO FLUID USAGE EQUIPMENT - The fluid container unit comprising: 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 one end for holding a base portion of the nozzle member and an other 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 to the first and the second supply/discharge port respectively, and being held movably in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle tube in the connection cap, 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. Thereby, in configuring a fluid container unit by integrally-assembling two containers for respectively accumulating different kinds of fluids in a parallel arrangement, the workability in fixing the fluid container unit to an injection site of a fluid usage equipment is improved, and the injection site can be configured to be more compact.10-20-2011
20100181337VISCOUS LIQUID MATERIAL DISCHARGING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A viscous liquid material discharging method and apparatus can minimize the problem of wear of a sealing member due to friction, and minimize a rotational force required at the time of starting discharge of a highly-viscous liquid material. The apparatus includes a screw having a helical blade which is axially provided over a surface of a rod-like member, a rotation driving mechanism for rotating the screw, a main body having a screw insertion bore in which the screw is inserted, a liquid material supply port formed in a lateral side of the screw insertion bore, and a liquid material supply flow passage communicating with the liquid material supply port, a sealing member which is disposed in the screw insertion bore and through which the screw penetrates, and a nozzle mounted to the main body and communicating with the screw insertion bore.07-22-2010
20100181336ASSEMBLY FOR DISPENSING A BEVERAGE - A beverage-dispensing assembly (07-22-2010
20110084091Unbonded loosefill insulation system - An unbonded loosefill insulation system configured to provide blown loosefill insulation material is provided. The system includes a blowing insulation machine configured to condition and distribute loosefill insulation from a package of compressed loosefill insulation. The blowing insulation machine is further configured to have pre-set and fixed operating parameters. An unbonded loosefill insulation material is configured for use with the blowing insulation machine. The pre-set and fixed operating parameters of the blowing insulation machine are tuned to combine with the unbonded loosefill insulation materials to provide blown loosefill insulation material having specific insulative values.04-14-2011
20110089189APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MULTI-FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEMS - Apparatus and methods are provided for selectively dispensing first and second liquids from a bottle. A cap including a first opening is coupled to a mouth of the bottle, and a first valve is coupled to the first opening. The first valve includes a first position, wherein the first liquid may be dispensed from the bottle, and a second position, wherein the first liquid is substantially sealed in the bottle. A container containing a second liquid is coupled to the first opening. The container includes a second opening, and is adapted to be inserted through the mouth into the bottle. A second valve is coupled to the second opening. The second valve is adapted to close when a difference between a pressure inside the container and a pressure outside the container is less than a predetermined amount, and to open when the pressure difference is greater than the predetermined amount, wherein the second liquid may be dispensed from the container when the first valve is in the closed position.04-21-2011
20110089190Fluid Dispensing Apparatus and Method - A fluid dispenser includes a control module and a hose module. The hose module includes a housing and at least a portion of a fluid hose within an interior volume of the housing, a fluid nozzle supported by a boot when enclosed within the housing; a first door allowing removal of the fluid nozzle from the boot through a first opening created when the first door is adjusted from a closed position to an open position; a second door adjacent the exterior of the housing and adjustable from a shut position to a retracted position, where the second door allows access to the fluid hose when the second door is in the retracted position; and a linear motor adapted to adjust the second door from the shut position to the retracted position based on a received signal indicating the first door in the open position.04-21-2011
20110168735BEVERAGE DISPENSER - A beverage dispenser comprising a chamber adapted to contain the beverage to be dispensed, an outlet from the chamber to dispense the beverage, at least one inlet to the chamber for the addition of at least one gas and/or liquid, at least one mass measurement means adapted to determine the mass of the chamber with beverage contained therein, and a controller that determines a quantity of gas and/or liquid to be added to the chamber at least partially determined by the measured mass.07-14-2011
20100116845METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MIXING AND DISPENSING FLUIDS - An apparatus for dispensing and mixing fluids from multiple cartridges into a removable container, based on the user input through the provided interface. The user interface allows viewing and adjusting of the mix to be dispensed prior to the actual dispensing. The apparatus is capable of dispensing fluids that have a wide range of viscosities, and that are sticky or that solidify quickly due to the evaporation of the volatile substances they contain.05-13-2010
20100116843AUTOMATED CUSTOMIZED COSMETIC DISPENSER - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for the creation and dispensing of a custom formulation within a package at a retail point of sale. In one aspect, the invention includes an automated dispensing apparatus including at least a two-axis robot arm. In another aspect, the invention includes an automated mixer adapted to mix the dispensed custom formulation within the package.05-13-2010
20120145743DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING CONSTANT AMOUNT OF HIGH-VISCOSITY MATERIAL - A device for discharging a constant amount of a high-viscosity material, capable of accurately discharging the material even if the material is sent under high pressure. A device for discharging a constant amount of a high-viscosity material, provided with: a discharge unit (06-14-2012
20110095046Bulk Transfer Dispensing Device and Method - A dispensing system for dispensing fluid from a flexible containing includes a dispensing device having a support, a linkage pivotally attached to the support, a dispensing mechanism attached to the linkage, and a pump. The dispensing mechanism has at least two squeeze members that coact to engage a flexible container and is configured to dispense fluid from a flexible container. The pump is configured to coact with the dispensing device and is configured to remove fluid from a flexible container.04-28-2011
20110095044Dispensers and Functional Operation and Timing Control Improvements for Dispensers - A method of operating a dispensing unit including the steps of applying a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a container and performing a startup procedure in response to applying the power source. The startup procedure includes performing an activation sequence that discharges a fluid from the container. The method further includes the step of performing an active mode procedure after the startup procedure without providing a lockout period therebetween. The active mode procedure includes activating a motion sensor associated with the dispensing unit, performing an activation sequence that discharges the fluid from the container when the motion sensor detects motion, and performing a transition procedure.04-28-2011
20080217356Dispensing Apparatus Including A Ceramic Body - A dispensing apparatus includes a ceramic body having a chamber and at least one inlet channel fluidically coupled to the chamber. The chamber has a first portion and an outlet portion. The dispensing apparatus also includes one or more feed screws having a helical thread disposed in the chamber. Rotation of the one or more feed screws urges a viscoelastic fluid in the chamber toward the outlet portion of the chamber.09-11-2008
20110186593DISPENSING VESSEL FOR CLOTHES DRYER - A dispensing vessel for introducing moisture into a clothes drying environment includes a core configured to at least temporarily retain a moistening substance therein and a cover substantially surrounding the core. The cover includes a plurality of protuberances, each protuberance including a flattened tip at a distal end thereof, a fill opening defined therethrough, the fill opening providing access to an interior of the cover from an exterior of the cover, and one or more dispensing openings, each dispensing opening being disposed at the flattened tip of a protuberance of the plurality of protuberances, each dispensing opening providing access to an exterior of the cover from an interior of the cover.08-04-2011
20110186592Fresh Cooking Oil Automated Dispensing Rack - An architecture is presented that dispenses fresh cooking oil. The dispensing device comprises a rack and a vacuum chamber that secures containers of cooking oil in an inverted position. The vacuum chamber allows the cooking oil to drain out of the container and ensures that all oil is completely drained from the container. A metal cap assembly is secured to an opening of the container, allowing the container to be inverted on the rack. The metal cap assembly comprises a vent hole and a metal tube connected to the vent hole that draws air into the inverted container to prevent vacuum levels from building up in the container. A hose transfers cooking oil from the container to the vacuum chamber. And, an exit hose connects to a pumping station and transfers cooking oil from the vacuum chamber to the pumping station and ultimately to a fryer.08-04-2011
20110147411PINCH MANIFOLD - The present invention includes substance delivery control system having a first conduit defining a lumen for the passage of a substance therethrough; a first delivery control element defining a first conduit state selection element; a second delivery control element defining a second conduit state selection element, where the alignment of the first and second conduit state selection elements places the conduit in a first state, and where misalignment of the first and second conduit state selection elements places the conduit in a second state.06-23-2011
20110147409Device and methods for discharging pretreated biomass from higher to lower pressure regions - Provided are devices and methods for discharging pretreated biomass from a pressurized reactor. Pretreated, hot biomass is added under high pressure at the top of a discharge vessel, which is partially filled with water or aqueous solution. The vessel comprises water jets situated on its sides through which water or aqueous solution is injected in order to establish a strong turbulence in the lower part of the vessel. This turbulence, preferably a vortex turbulence or “hydrocyclone,” blends biomass and water and disintegrates any clumped material prior to its ejection at high speed as a slurry through an orifice or valve at the bottom of the vessel. A stable temperature stratification is established within the discharge vessel, whereby hot water remains at the top of the vessel, reducing heat and steam loss from the pretreatment reactor.06-23-2011
20110147408MICROCHIP, MICROCHIP LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM, AND MICROCHIP LIQUID SUPPLY METHOD - Provided is a microchip which is capable of determining the quantity of the liquid in the chip and dividing the liquid, and has a relatively simple flow passage structure. In the microchip liquid supply system, a portion of the liquid in an upstream passage among the liquid injected into a first flow passage is supplied from a liquid discharge passage by operating a suction pump connected to a liquid supply passage in such a state that an air vent hole is closed. Thereafter, the suction pump is operated with the air vent hole closed, whereby a portion of the liquid in a quantity determination passage among the liquid injected into the first flow passage is supplied from a liquid supply passage.06-23-2011
20110147405BOTTLE CLOSURE WITH POUR SPOUT AND RELATED METHODS - Described herein is a method for a bartender's easy selection of an appropriate pour spout for a bottle of interest from one or more pour spouts comprising providing one or more bottles each having an original closure; and providing one or more pour spouts essentially identical in outer shape to its corresponding original closure; wherein the bartender easily identifies the appropriate pour spout due to its similarity in shape to the shape of its corresponding original closure.06-23-2011
20100025426DOSING DEVICE - A system for withdrawing a quantity of a product from a product stream may include a product flow channel through which a volume of products may flow, a chamber for receiving a quantity of the product, an opening through which the products may flow from the product flow channel into the chamber. The system preferably also includes a sealing assembly for selectively sealing the opening.02-04-2010
20100018990FLOOR MAINTENANCE MACHINE - A method of maintaining a floor using a cleaning device is provided. The cleaning device includes a cleaning solution fluid dispensed adjacent to the cleaning device. The cleaning solution is comprised of at least two components, a bulk diluting fluid like water and one or more cleaning chemicals which are dispensed from separate reservoirs carried by a maintenance machine. The cleaning chemical is pumped to mix it with the bulk fluid in a controlled ratio. Operation of the pump and a discharge flow control device are controlled by a controller system which permits dispensing of a mixed cleaning solution of combined cleaning chemical(s) and bulk fluid at a desired ratio and at a desired flow rate of dispensing of cleaning solution components.01-28-2010
20100270328Foam dispenser having selectively pressurized cartridge - A foam dispenser and method of operation of the foam dispenser provides that a cartridge of liquid having an air head is retained in the dispenser and maintained under pressure by an air compressor when at rest, i.e., when the foam dispenser in not being actuated. Air and liquid conduits communicate respectively between the air head and liquid maintained in the cartridge and a foam generating head. Valves selectively close flow through the conduits. In this way, when the foam dispenser is actuated the valves can simply be opened for the appropriate amount of time to advance air and liquid to the foam generating head and dispense foam at a dispensing location.10-28-2010
20120037657Method for Discontinuously Emptying a Container - A method serves for discontinuously emptying a container in which liquid collects. The container is emptied via a valve or other such emptying device. The container must never be completely emptied and never overflow. A sensor is arranged in the container to detect a first state in which liquid is present in a predetermined region and a second state in which no liquid is present in the predetermined region. The valve or other emptying device is activated as soon as the sensor detects the first state, and is stopped as soon as the sensor detects the second state.02-16-2012
20090184131PRESSURE VESSEL CONTAINING POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS AND CARBON DIOXIDE AS A PROPELLANT - Disclosed are pressure vessels, especially an aerosol container, which comprise an interior that is subdivided into a storage chamber (07-23-2009
20120145742GAS GENERATION DISPENSER METHOD FOR ON-DEMAND FLUID DELIVERY - A method of dispensing a fluid comprising generating a gas from a liquid, directing the gas to an expandable gas chamber to expand a volume of the expandable gas chamber, reducing a volume of a fluid chamber in response to expansion of the expandable gas chamber to dispense an amount of the fluid from the fluid chamber, and removing the gas from the expandable gas chamber to collapse the expandable gas chamber.06-14-2012
20100243674Compact Spray Device - A power source is provided to a dispensing unit that includes a housing having an aerosol container disposed therein. A sleep period interval between spray operations is selected and a motion sensor is activated to detect motion within a sensory path of the sensor after completion of the sleep period interval. If no motion is detected by the motion sensor a fluid is automatically discharged from the aerosol container and the sleep interval is reset and if motion is detected by the motion sensor a delay time interval is initiated and fluid is not discharged from the aerosol container. The dispensing unit alternates between activating the sensor to detect motion and resetting the delay time interval until no motion is detected by the motion sensor at the expiration of the delay time interval, which results in the automatic discharge of fluid and a resetting of the sleep period interval.09-30-2010
20100133292LIQUID DISPENSING SYSTEMS ENCOMPASSING GAS REMOVAL - Systems are described for delivery of a wide variety of materials in which liquid and gas or vapor states are concurrently present, from a package preferably including a fluid-containing collapsible liner. Headspace gas is removed from a pressure dispensing package prior to liquid dispensation therefrom, and ingress gas is removed thereafter during dispensation operation. At least one sensor senses presence of gas or a gas-liquid interface in a reservoir or gas-liquid separation region. A gas removal system including an integral reservoir, at least one sensor, and at least one flow control elements may be included within a connector adapted to mate with a pressure dispensing package, for highly efficient removal of gas from the liquid being dispensed from the container.06-03-2010
20120037658METHOD FOR DELIVERING BENEFICIAL LIQUIDS AT STEADY RATE - A method for delivering a beneficial agent is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a water collection chamber. A water-transporting membrane is provided to communicate with the water collection chamber. An extraction chamber receives water through the water-transporting membrane, expanding the extraction chamber. A dispensing chamber, containing a beneficial agent, is configured to contract upon expanding the extraction chamber. This causes the dispensing chamber to expel the beneficial agent through a subterranean delivery channel, such as a rigid hollow spike. In certain embodiments, a rate adjustment mechanism may control the rate that water is received through the water-transporting membrane, thereby controlling the rate the beneficial agent is expelled. The water-transporting membrane has features that repel osmagent from passing through to the water collection chamber. The method features steady rate performance without refreshing the water chamber and low temperature sensitivity.02-16-2012
20120305590PROCESS FOR DISPENSING FLUID WITH A SLIDER VALVE FITMENT & COLLAR - A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.12-06-2012
20120305592System and Method for Flavoring Food - A system and method of flavoring food includes a metering tray coupled to a frame. The metering tray may be configured to hold a food flavoring. A metering roller also may be coupled to the frame. An exterior axial surface of the metering roller may define a plurality of indentations, which may be configured to capture the food flavoring as the metering roller rotates. The system may also include a metering blade and a displacement; each may be coupled to the frame. The metering blade may be configured to level the food flavoring as the food flavoring is dispensed by the plurality of indentations of the metering roller as the metering roller rotates. The displacement blade may have a plurality of teeth that are configured to correspond to the plurality of indentations. The teeth may be configured to positively displace the food flavoring as the metering roller rotates.12-06-2012
20120305591APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING FLUID - Methods and apparatuses for distributing fluid are disclosed. Fluid is received in an opening of a body, and at least some of the fluid is distributed to a first conduit in communication with a first outlet of a first discharge element coupled to said body. At least some of the fluid received in the opening is selectively distributed to a second conduit in communication with a second outlet of a second discharge element couplable to at least one of the body and the first discharge element in response to coupling and decoupling of the second discharge element.12-06-2012
20110049181DISPENSING DEVICE, KIT CONTAINING THE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE DEVICE - The application relates to a dispensing device (03-03-2011
20110049180Micro-Ingredient Based Dispenser with User Data Storage Mediums - The present application provides a product dispensing system for dispensing one of a number of predetermined products. The product dispensing system may include a product dispenser with a number of micro-ingredients to create the predetermined product, a reading device configured to read or receive data, a container for receiving the predetermined product, and a data storage medium with the data thereon.03-03-2011
20110049179AEROSOL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING TEXTURE MATERIAL - An aerosol texturing system for applying a layer of texture material on an uncoated portion of a substrate substantially to match a coated portion of the substrate, comprises an aerosol assembly, texture material, and propellant material. The aerosol assembly defines a product chamber and is selectively operable in a first mode in which the product chamber is sealed and in a second mode in which fluid is allowed to flow out of the product chamber along a dispensing passageway. The texture material and propellant material are disposed within the product chamber. The texture material has a base portion and a particulate portion containing at least one particulate material. When the aerosol assembly is in the second mode, the propellant material is adapted to force the texture material out of the aerosol assembly along the dispensing passageway and onto the uncoated portion of the substrate.03-03-2011
20120000929PACKAGING FOR POWDERED BEVERAGE AND DISPENSER THEREFOR - Packaging for a powdered beverage includes a container of powdered beverage, and a dispenser secured to the container. The dispenser includes an outer dispensing member having an exit opening, and an inner dispensing member in opposed relationship with the outer dispensing member and in part defining an interior space of the container. The inner dispensing member has at least one dispensing opening. At least one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member is moveable relative to the other one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member between a blocked position and a dispensing position of the dispenser in which the at least one opening of the inner dispensing member is at least in part aligned with the exit opening of the outer member to permit powdered beverage to be dispensed from the packaging.01-05-2012
20120000930ACU-SPRAY AEROSOL STRAW SYSTEMS - Acu-Spray Aerosol Straw is designed to allow the contents of a pressurized container to be dispensed at virtually any angle. Acu-Spray Aerosol Straw comprises a bendable, plastic straw. A wire is molded into the sidewall of the straw or molded integral to the straw tube as supporting means. The wire may be housed in a plastic casing and then molded onto the side of the original aerosol straw. The molding together of the wire that is encased and the straw-tube effectively prevents the separation of the two components due to bending. The bendable straw in combination with the wire is bendably-manipulatable such that a propelled fluid from a pressurized container is strategically dispensed onto a user-defined location. The device may be detachable from the nozzle to prevent breakage while the can is in storage. In certain embodiments the device may comprise a non-wire version wherein the bendable straw may be a non-bendable rigid structure. The rigid straw embodiment may comprise L-shaped, C-shaped, V-shaped configurations and/or other such shapes.01-05-2012
20120000931MULTIPLE-METERED SELF-CLEANING DISPENSER - A method for dispensing a plurality of metered doses of a fluid, comprising: providing a fluid in a container comprising a plurality of metering chambers and a plurality of tubes connectable to and movable relative to the chambers, wherein the tubes are externally open or open to the fluid; connecting to the chambers tubes open to the fluid, thereby loading the chambers with fluid; and selectively connecting one or more externally open tubes to one or more chambers, thereby dispensing the fluid contents of the one or more chambers via an external opening.01-05-2012
20120061420Compact Spray Device - A method of operating a dispensing unit includes the step of providing a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a housing having at least two aerosol containers disposed therein and an actuator arm. The dispensing unit activates in response to a minimum threshold of light being sensed by a light sensor. The method also includes the step of providing a means for selecting a sleep period interval between spray operations.03-15-2012
20110095045BODY FILLER DISPENSER - A combination of a body filler and a container for dispensing the body filler, including a filler having a density adapted for containment in the container. The filler includes at least a thermoplastic microsphere and a polyester resin. A container stores and dispenses the filler. The container includes a closable opening, a cylindrical wall, a closure for selective closing the opening, and a plug axially movable within the cylindrical wall of the container. The container plug pushes against a volume of the filler to urge the filler through and opening of the container.04-28-2011
20110155758Fitment Assembly for a Container Having a Tamper Indication Band Attached Thereto - A tamper evident fitment assembly for use with a container for flowable material, the closure comprising a cap and a spout secured to the container, the cap having a frangible tamper evident band, the cap having an annular recess for frictionally engaging a top portion of the spout, the cap and spout having cooperating detent and locking elements so that the assembly in a first position where the cap is removably sealed to the spout and the tamper evident band is not broken when the cap is removed for filling may move to a second position when the cap is removably sealed to the spout and the tamper evident band is broken upon removal of the cap. An important feature of the present invention is that the cap frictionally engages a top portion of the spout. No screw threads or similar securing means are required to retain the cap on the spout.06-30-2011
20120205392Apparatus and Method for Dispensing Discrete Amounts of Viscous Material - Apparatus and methods for dispensing small amounts of a viscous material onto a workpiece. The narrow-profile dispensing apparatus includes a fluid chamber, a nozzle, and a valve seat disk representing individual components that are removable from a main body of the dispensing apparatus for cleaning and/or replacement. The nozzle is coupled with the fluid chamber by a heat transfer body that may be cooled by, for example, a cooling fluid routed through an air pathway defined in the heat transfer body. The main body of the dispensing apparatus may be cooled by air exhausted from an air cavity of a pneumatic actuator regulating the movement of a needle to control the flow of viscous material in the dispensing apparatus.08-16-2012
20120205391DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LOSS-IN-WEIGHT INGREDIENT ADDITION - Dispensing systems and methods contemplated herein are configured to adjust a first continuous product flow rate to a second continuous but variable flow rate in at least two control modes. Most preferably, a moving average is determined for the second flow rate to provide a first level of control, and a loss-in-weight feedback is determined for the first flow rate to provide a second, finer level of control, which will be abandoned when the feedback moves beyond a predetermined threshold relative to a calculated product flow rate.08-16-2012
20120061419Control device and container for spouting drink, and control method thereof - A container for spouting drink which contains gas, includes: a container structure including container body for containing the drink, wherein the container body has a container opening; and a control device, including: a drink-decomposed plug provided on the container opening, which is capable of being decomposed by the drink, a blocking element positioned inside the container body, for preventing the drink-decomposed plug from contacting with the drink, and a triggering element for disabling the blocking element when needed, wherein when the triggering element disables the blocking element, the drink contacts with the drink-decomposed plug and starts decomposing the drink-decomposed plug, and after the drink-decomposed plug is completely decomposed, the drink spouts out of the container body.03-15-2012
20120043346APPLICATOR TIP - An applicator tip for selectively dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive from a reservoir and a method for dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive includes a reservoir which contains the adhesive material, an applicator tip with a distal end and an opening offset a distance from the distal end whereby the opening opens to dispense adhesive material when pressure is applied to the applicator tip surface and the applicator tip is in a deformed configuration and whereby adhesive material is not dispensed when pressure is not applied to the applicator tip and the applicator tip is in an un-deformed configuration. A kit includes an applicator tip and a reservoir for dispensing a sterile surgical adhesive within a sealable package.02-23-2012
20120055952FOOD DISPENSING MACHINE - A food dispensing machine includes a product chamber with a dispensing valve connected to the product chamber and having an outlet through which a product contained in the product chamber is dispensed. The product chamber has a cleaning solution inlet connectable to a cleaning solution supply source for receiving cleaning solution into the product chamber. The product chamber further has an ingredient inlet alternatively connectable to either an ingredient supply source or the dispensing valve outlet. When the ingredient inlet is connected to the dispensing valve outlet, a re-circulating flow path is created, allowing for complete cleaning and sanitizing of the product flow path.03-08-2012
20120055951POWERED DISPENSING TOOL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - An apparatus and method for monitoring and controlling motor current during a dispensing of material from a dispensing tool (03-08-2012
20120006846Method and apparatus for volumetrically supplying ice to ice output systems - An ice supply system includes an ice transport system, a volumetric feeder coupled with the ice transport system and adapted to deliver a preset volume of ice to an ice output system, and an ice delivery controller coupled with the ice transport system, the volumetric feeder, and the ice output system. The ice delivery controller receives ice requests from the ice output system, controls the delivery of ice from the ice transport system to the volumetric feeder in response to ice requests, controls the volumetric feeder to receive the preset volume of ice therein, and controls the delivery of the preset volume of ice from the volumetric feeder to the ice output system.01-12-2012
20120152975POWDER FILLING APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THEIR USE - The invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for the metered transport of fine powders into receptacles. According to one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus is provided which comprises a hopper having an opening. The hopper is adapted to receive a bed of fine powder. At least one chamber, which is moveable to allow the chamber to be placed in close proximity to the opening, is also provided. An element having a proximal end and a distal end is positioned within the hopper such that the distal end is near the opening. A vibrator motor is provided to vibrate the element when within the fine powder.06-21-2012
20120012611IMPRINTABLE MEDIUM DISPENSER - An imprintable medium dispenser includes a chamber, a nozzle, and an actuator connected to the chamber and configured to be actuated and thereby generate a pressure wave within the chamber such that imprintable medium is dispensed from the nozzle. The imprintable medium dispenser is provided with a control circuit which includes a monitoring apparatus configured to receive a transient oscillation signal generated when the actuator is actuated, and to monitor the operation of the imprintable medium dispenser by monitoring the transient oscillation signal.01-19-2012
20120012610METHOD FOR DISPENSING CONCENTRATED CLEANING SOLUTION - A cleaning system has a holder for holding one or more bottles. A precision metered dispenser is selected based on a viscosity of a concentrated cleaning solution to be dispensed and a desired dispensing quantity. Graphical pictorials are provided for illustrating instructions for dispensing and diluting the concentrated cleaning solution.01-19-2012
20100108711APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR BULK DISPENSING - Apparatuses and methods relating to hoppers and the dispensing of bulk therefrom are provided. The hopper can include hopper walls that form a product storage receptacle. The hopper can also include a hopper door that includes a frame and a slide gate disposed within the frame. The slide gate is retractable between an open position and a closed position. A set of fingers projects from the slide gate to dislodge material proximate to the hopper door. Further, a port can be provided through at least one of the fingers of the set of fingers with the port configured to inject a fluid into the hopper.05-06-2010
20120024888CLEANING OF SYSTEM FOR DISPENSING OF LIQUID DROPLETS - There is provided a method of cleaning a dispensing assembly for small liquid droplets less than 50 μl and even as low as 10 nl. A purging step with pressurised gas followed by a cleaning step using a suitable cleaning liquid is carried out a number of times.02-02-2012
20120024886SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIQUID MEASURING DISPENSER - It is provided a dispensing device for a fluid container, which includes a container cap, a switching nozzle, a securing mechanism and a dispensing compartment. The container cap has apertures, and the switching nozzle has a closing state and an opening state, wherein in the closing state the switching nozzle hermetically sealing the apertures. An oval skirt is attached to the switching nozzle embracing the container cap, having protrusions for fixing the skirt to the container cap. Pressing the skirt releases the fixing and allows switching to an opening state. The dispensing compartment includes an annular portion, a setting mechanism, and a cover mechanism. The setting mechanism determines the limited volume of the dispensing compartment and secures the limited volume from undesired variation. The annular portion has a plurality of clefts and an associated plurality of quantity markings. The setting mechanism encompasses the annular portion and has setting bumps bulging proximate to the annular portion, and barrel apertures. Upon mating the setting bumps with a cleft, a marking associated with the certain t structural deviation is exposed though the apertures. The cover mechanism complements enclosing of the limited volume of the dispensing compartment, and has child-proof closing mechanism.02-02-2012
20110068118BREWED ICED TEA OR NON-CARBONATED DRINK DISPENSER - A beverage dispensing apparatus includes a mixing chamber for mixing hot water, a beverage concentrate and cold water, as well as one or more additives. The hot water and cold water are supplied at a predetermined flow rate at a predetermined proportion, regardless of the pressure of the water supply. A water heater supplies the hot water within a specified pressure range and without significant entrapped air.03-24-2011
20100096404Liquid distribution - A method for expelling gas and distributing liquid from a container is disclosed. A piston on which an outlet is formed is positioned in a container holding gas and liquid. The piston and cylinder are so formed that movements of the piston can increase the pressure of the gas and the liquid. This pressure increase can be used to expel gas from the container via the piston outlet and to distribute liquid from the container via the piston outlet and/or another outlet. Expelling the gas minimizes degradation of liquid remaining in the container due to an interaction with the gas.04-22-2010
20100096407CONTAINER AND VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR STORING AND DISPENSING SUBSTANCES, AND RELATED METHOD - A container and valve assembly for storing and dispensing substances including edible substances. The container has a body that has a storage chamber for storing the substance and a head portion for holding the valve assembly. The valve assembly includes a valve body and a valve seat surrounded by a flexible outer cover that includes a valve portion. A seam between the valve portion and valve seat form a one-way release valve wherein a portion of the seam remains closed when the substance is dispensed. To dispense the substance, pressure is applied to the body forcing the substance into the valve assembly, which in turn, controls the flow and release of the substance without exposing the remaining substance to the external atmosphere; thus, the sterility of the storage chamber and remaining substance is maintained, and the shelf life of the substance is increased.04-22-2010
20100096406BEVERAGE DISPENSER - Apparatus for storing water, especially purified water, for use in a beverage dispenser is provided with a microbiological agent to kill or deter microbiological growth and maintain the quality of the water. The agent is provided in a physical form to promote contact with the water and may be renewable to maintain effectiveness of the agent over a period of time. In one arrangement, the agent is contained in a cartridge 04-22-2010
20100096405PIPETTING DEVICE - A pipetting system including a pipet (04-22-2010
20120138630Bulk liquid strorage and transport tank, method of converting shipping containers to bulk liquid storage and transport tanks, and method of use thereof - A shipping container is converted into a storage and transport tank including a liquid reservoir room and a control room having a pump and a control system for the pump. The pump communicates with the liquid reservoir room via a fill line and a suction line. In operation, the control system activates the pump and opens flow control valves of the inlet line and the fill line to deliver liquid into the liquid reservoir room. Conversely, the control system activates the pump and opens flow control valves of the outlet line and the suction line to remove liquid from the liquid reservoir room. The control system further activates the pump and opens the flow control valves of the suction line and the fill line to recirculate liquid within the liquid reservoir room.06-07-2012
20100288789CHEMICAL REACTION CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A chemical reaction cartridge enabling chemical reaction to be stably and safely carried out therein, and a method of using the same are provided. A chemical reaction cartridge is provided with a substrate, and an elastic member 11-18-2010
20100288788Manual fluid dispenser with discharge measurement - A dispensing apparatus including a product dispenser in which product is dispensed by manual movement of an activation mechanism as, for example, by moving a lever with a person's hand, arm or foot. The dispensing apparatus includes an electrical generator for generating electrical energy as a result of the manual movement of the activation mechanism, preferably by electromagnetic induction, electrochemistry or piezoelectricity. The electrical energy from the generator may be utilized in the dispensing apparatus to power a data communication unit for receiving information about the product dispenser and transmitting the information to a receiver, preferably but not necessarily wirelessly. The relative amounts of electrical energy generated may be used to estimate the amount of fluid dispensed and the extent to which a fluid reservoir is full.11-18-2010
20120160868Hot Melt Adhesive System And Method Using Machine Readable Information - A hot melt adhesive system includes a melting unit configured to liquefy a bulk form of hot melt adhesive and deliver the liquefied hot melt adhesive to an application location. The melting unit includes a controller for establishing and/or verifying at least one system condition, such as temperatures associated with system operation. A machine reading unit is coupled with the controller and is capable of receiving information from a machine readable element and communicating the information to the controller for use in establishing and/or verifying the system condition. A method of operating the system includes scanning information on at least one system condition into the controller from a machine readable element, and using the scanned information during operation of the melting unit.06-28-2012
20120160867DISPENSER WITH A FRANGIBLE CONTAINER AND A ROTATING BREAKING MEMBER, FOR DISPENSING A POLYMERIZABLE MONOMER ADHESIVE - This invention generally relates to a method of dispensing an adhesive material using an applicator comprising: a body having a cavity; at least one breaking member integral with the body and having a surrounding gap, the breaking member deflectable into the cavity and having a first engagement member; an annular housing movable with respect to the body and having a second engagement member complementary with the first engagement member, the first and the second engagement members being cooperatively engageable; a reservoir secured to body and having applicator means; a retaining member between the body and reservoir; and a frangible container of adhesive material disposed within the cavity; moving the annular housing relative to the body from a first position to a second position where the engagement members are cooperatively engaged; deflecting the breaking members and breaking the frangible container; and squeezing the reservoir and dispensing adhesive material.06-28-2012
20120160866TILTABLE VACUUM LOADER AND RECEIVER WITH BLOW-BACK - A vacuum loader for providing granular resin material to resin material processing equipment has a loader housing, a vacuum motor, a dust filter, an air blast generator, a dump flap, and a pivoting manually releasable latch for retaining the lateral web and the loader from tilting rotation of the loader about the shaft and supporting the loader when placed in a tilted orientation; the latch being weighted to pivotally return to a web-retaining position when released by an operator.06-28-2012
20100206897Process for Metering Superabsorbents - Superabsorbents are metered by a process using a screw conveyor, wherein the superabsorbent is selected, or treated with a cohesion control agent, to have an unconfined yield strength of from 0.75 to 1.5 kPa at consolidation stress of 6 kPa.08-19-2010
20110180564Timing Soap Dispenser Apparatus and Method - A soap dispenser system for dispensing soap in response to a user's action, such as pumping force to a dispenser pump of a soap container. The soap container has a theme identifier device corresponding to the soap container. A supportive base detachably connects to the soap container. The base includes a receiver device for detecting the theme identifier device of the soap container when the soap connector is connected to the base. A readable data storage is connected to the receiver device. The storage contains data representing a variety of different human perceptible media, such as audio (e.g., animal, people, or musical sounds). At least one of the variety of media corresponds to the theme identifier device of the soap container. An output device delivers the media to a user of the soap container. A processor connected to the receiver device, the storage, and the output device responds to the receiver detecting the theme identifier device and dispensing action by a user to obtain soap from the container. The processor selectively controls the output device to deliver specific media (from among the variety) to the user corresponding to the theme identifier device of the soap container. The system can encourage frequent and efficacious washing. The media encourages washing for recommended wash times, for example, the system delivers 20-30 seconds (or such other period as desired for the particular embodiment) of animal sounds for entertainment and measure of recommended wash time when an animal themed soap container is used.07-28-2011
20110180563Dispensing Monitor - The disclosure herein includes a liquid pouring monitor cap that has an angle of orientation sensor. When the spout is attached to a liquor bottle, the orientation angle sensor determines the angle of the bottle with respect to the horizontal at all times while the dispensed substance is being poured from the bottle. This data regarding the duration of pouring at different pour angles may be stored for an entire pouring event in order to calculate the amount of liquid poured during the event.07-28-2011
20100065578FLOW REGULATING STOPCOCKS AND RELATED METHODS - A novel enhanced stopcock is disclosed, as well as related methods, that safely controls flow of flow materials from a pump. Pump fills a first chamber, from which a second chamber is filled. Flow material is dispensed from the second chamber when the stop cock is moved to a different position wherein it is no longer in fluid communication with the first chamber. Pressure sensors disposed in fluid communication with first and second chambers are used to determine the volume of flow material dispensed.03-18-2010
20120132671METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISCHARGING A FIXED AMOUNT OF LIQUID - Provided are a method and a device for discharging a fixed amount of liquid such that it is possible to divide and dispense a liquid material with a higher accuracy than is possible with conventional devices. The method for discharging a fixed amount of liquid uses a device provided with: a decompression valve for reducing the pressure of a compressed gas supplied by a compressed gas source; a discharging valve for controlling the flow rate of the gas decompressed at the decompression valve; a liquid storing container for discharging liquid from a nozzle through the pressing force of the gas supplied via the discharging valve; and a buffer tank positioned between the decompression valve and the discharging valve that has a volume greater than the volume of the liquid storage container. The method and device for discharging a fixed amount of liquid are characterized by suppressing the pressure reduction that occurs in the flow path for supplying the compressed gas to the aforementioned liquid storage container during the operation of the aforementioned decompression valve by increasing the flow resistance in the flow path that connects the aforementioned buffer tank with the aforementioned storage container so as to be greater than the flow resistance in the flow path that connects the aforementioned buffer tank with the aforementioned decompression valve.05-31-2012
20120132670DISPENSING MECHANISM USING LONG TUBES TO VARY PRESSURE DROP - A fountain-style carbonated soft drink dispenser includes a housing adapted to attach to a beverage container, an actuator for selectively opening a fluid conduit, and one or more long tubes that vary a pressure drop across the dispensing assembly and convey fluid. The resistance through the tube(s) is decreased as the pressure within the container decreases so as to maintain a substantially constant flow rate throughout dispensing.05-31-2012
20120132668AIR ASSISTED SEVERANCE OF VISCOUS FLUID STREAM - Methods and apparatus for dispensing flowable fluids, particularly those which are high viscosity by passing a stream of fluid through an elongate discharge passageway and injecting air into the fluid stream to initiate severing of the stream between an inner portion inward of the injected air and an outer portion outward of the injected air.05-31-2012
20120132669Method and Means For Precision Mixing - An extremely dilute mixture of a liquid in a flowing fluid stream is prepared by forming tiny droplets of the liquid and injecting the droplets individually into the flowing stream. The rate at which liquid is added to the flowing stream is determined by the number of droplet forming units that are provided and upon the frequency with which the units are activated, allowing a precise digital control of the concentration of the liquid in the flowing fluid stream.05-31-2012
20120132667MULTI-CHAMBERED DISPENSER AND PROCESS - A dispenser (05-31-2012
20120312836MICRODISPENSER AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD - The invention relates to a microdispenser (12-13-2012
20120211515Air Treatment Agent Dispenser with Improved Odour Sensor Functionality - A method for a dispensing device for at least one air treatment agent as well as a dispensing device is described herein, the dispensing device comprises: a housing having one or more walls to define an interior adapted to receive at least one removable container of air treatment agent at least partially therein; and within said housing the device comprises: an airborne agent detector means operable to detect airborne agents in the air, wherein said means are provided with at least one aperture to the exterior of the device to permit, in use, air from outside of the device to enter said airborne agent detector means; receiving means for receiving said at least one container of air treatment agent; 08-23-2012
20120211514METHOD FOR REMOVING FLUID FROM PRESSURIZED CONTAINER - A method for using internal container pressure to dispense fluid from the container is described. The method involves circumscribing an end of the container with a housing containing a valve. Thereafter, puncturing a region of the container en-closed by the housing such that the housing prevents pressure escaping from the container. Subsequently threading a conduit, having a first open end, a closed second end, and an intermediate region defining an aperture, through the housing so that the open end resides inside the container; and manipulating the valve so as to force the fluid through the aperture to the out-side of the collar.08-23-2012
20120211513Solenoid Valve Assembly For A Dispensing System - A solenoid valve assembly is adapted to control product flow through a dispensing system. The dispensing system includes a housing. A plunger is disposed within the housing and has a first axial surface. A stopper is also disposed within the housing and has a second axial surface facing the first axial surface. At least one flow pathway is provided on at least one of the first and second axial surfaces.08-23-2012
20120211512ASSEMBLY OF NOZZLES AND VALVES AS DISCHARGE PORTS OF A PRESSURIZED VESSEL AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING AND REPLACING THE NOZZLES AND VALVES - A discharge assembly including: a chamber having an sidewall extending around a perimeter of the chamber, an open upper region, an flange coupling at an upper region of the sidewall and extending around the upper region and a bottom, wherein the chamber receives a rotating impeller; a plurality of discharge openings in at least one of the sidewall and bottom of the chamber; a plurality of valves each coupled to one of the discharge openings, and a plurality of nozzles each coupled to one of the discharge openings and downstream in the opening to the valve for the opening.08-23-2012
20120168457COMPENSATING PRESSURE CONTROLLER FOR FLUID DISPENSER AND METHOD - A fluid dispensing system having a fluid dispenser supporting a barrel containing liquid to be dispensed. The barrel has a slidable piston therein with the liquid on a forward piston side and a chamber on a rear piston side. Positive and negative pressure fluid circuits have components operable to apply respective positive and negative fluid pressures to the rear side of the piston. A pressure transducer is operable to sense a fluid pressure in the chamber; and a dispenser control is operative to store a pressure-time relationship during an initial dispensing cycle and thereafter, operate a component in the positive pressure fluid circuit to maintain the pressure-time relationship during a subsequent dispensing cycle.07-05-2012
20120168458SENSOR SYSTEM FOR A REFRIGERATOR DISPENSER - A refrigerator includes a dispenser, a dispenser well, a control for regulating a dispensing operation, and a sensor system for automatically initiating and terminating the dispensing operation. The sensor system includes at least one capacitive-type sensor mounted in the dispenser well. The sensor is configured to detect the presence of a container in the dispenser well, an upper edge portion of the container and a level of liquid filling the container during the dispensing operation. The sensor signals the control to automatically cease the dispensing operation before the level of liquid reaches the upper edge portion of the container. The control is configured to differentiate between animate and inanimate objects, while preventing any release of water or ice when an animate object is detected.07-05-2012
20120248139CREAMY FOAM BEER DISPENSING SYSTEM - A creamy foam beer dispensing system includes a coupler removably securable with a keg, a transportation tube, and a faucet having a handle coupled with a plunger communicating with the transportation tube. The handle is movable among a closed position, an open position, and a creamy foam position. In the closed position, the handle maintains the plunger squeezed against the transportation tube such that no beer flows from the faucet. In the open position, the handle lifts the plunger substantially, completely off the transportation tube such that beer flows smoothly from the faucet. In the creamy foam position, the handle lifts the plunger off the transportation tube a distance such that an aperture created in the transportation tube produces creamy foam flow from the faucet.10-04-2012
20120248140PORTABLE HAND SANITATION DISPENSER - This disclosure is directed to a portable hand sanitation solution dispenser that may include a dispenser portion, a solution reservoir and an attachment assembly. The dispenser portion may include a housing, a hand roller having a cam portion, an electronic module and a pump assembly. The cam portion is moved for activating and deactivating the pump assembly. The reservoir may be configured as a replaceable cartridge with an opening through which the pump dip tube extends into the solution reservoir. The hand roller may be disposed at the bottom end of the dispenser so that all the dispensed solution is on the hand of the user after swiping the hand roller.10-04-2012
20100051638AIR ANNULUS CUT OFF NOZZLE TO REDUCE STRINGING AND METHOD - A nozzle for a viscous liquid dispensing apparatus has a nozzle tip with a generally conical outer surface that tapers toward a dispensing orifice and forms an annular discharge air passage substantially parallel to the conical outer surface. Pressurized fluid is directed over the conical outer surface toward the dispensing orifice and thus, prevents viscous liquid dispensed from the dispensing orifice from being pulled back toward the nozzle tip and accumulating on the conical outer surface of the nozzle tip.03-04-2010
20090095768MULTIPLE INLET TUBE DISPENSING SYSTEM - The present invention provides a system featuring a dispenser for providing fluid from multiple reservoirs to an appliance or other suitable device; and a multiple tubing arrangement coupled between the dispenser and the multiple reservoirs of fluid, the multiple tubing arrangement being responsive to a vacuum provided from the dispenser, for drawing the fluid from the multiple reservoirs so as to deplete the multiple reservoirs at relatively equal amounts based on the Venturi effect. The multiple tubing arrangement comprises a primary inlet tube for arranging in a primary reservoir, an auxiliary inlet tube for arranging in an auxiliary reservoir, and a feed connector tube arranged between the primary inlet tube and auxiliary inlet tube. The primary inlet tube is coupled to the auxiliary inlet tube so as to provide a proportional vacuum and siphoning effect. The multiple tubing arrangement siphons and depletes the fluid from the primary reservoir and the auxiliary reservoir based on the Venturi effect.04-16-2009
20120175382Liquid Container - A liquid container and method for operating the same, that includes a disbursement cap that disburses liquid stored within liquid container, an upper body portion and a lower body portion combined, together to form an integral bottle portion of the liquid container for storing the liquid therein, and a connection mechanism that connects connect and disconnect the upper body portion to and from the lower body portion via a user.07-12-2012
20100012678CONTAINER UNIT FOR THE STORAGE AND PROTECTION OF LABORATORY SUBSTANCES - A container unit for the storage and protection of laboratory substances includes a protective housing and a dosage-dispensing unit. To make the dosage-dispensing unit ready for use, the protective housing is removable. As a means to optimize the simplicity and safety of handling the unit and to achieve the required protection for the laboratory substance contained in it, at least one chamber is formed in the protective housing and filled with a treatment agent. The at least one chamber has a passage opening directed towards the interior space, with a chamber closure element allowing the passage opening to be closed gas-tight. The treatment agent inside the chamber can preferably be filled into the chamber and sealed off gas-tight with the chamber closure element already during the process of manufacturing the protective enclosure.01-21-2010
20100270329LIQUID AND FOAMED SOAP DISPENSING - A soap dispensing assembly includes a soap container and a universal dispenser. The soap container is capable of having a liquid pump or a foaming pump attached to it. The universal dispenser is adapted to house and dispense soap from the soap container regardless of whether the container has a liquid pump or a foaming pump. Using this assembly, a manufacturer may sell the universal dispenser and offer to sell the consumer liquid and foamable soap for use with the same dispenser.10-28-2010
20100270327LIQUID STORAGE TANK WITH INTERNAL FLOW CONTROL BAFFLE AND METHODS - A liquid storage tank assembly includes a baffle member and a tank assembly. The baffle member includes a generally helical or spiral shaped portion. The baffle member defines a spiral flow path between inlet and outlet openings of the tank assembly. When the baffle member is positioned within the tank and the tank assembly holds a volume of a first liquid, input of a supply of a second liquid at the inlet to the tank assembly forces the first liquid along the spiral flow path and out of the tank assembly exit without substantial mixing of the first and second liquids before substantially all of the first liquid has been dispensed.10-28-2010
20120248137Liquid Dispenser and Method for Preventing Liquid Segregation - An apparatus for selectively dispensing liquids, such as paint colorants. The apparatus comprises container assemblies with a container and a pump. A pump conduit connects the pump to a valve assembly. A recirculation conduit connects the container to the valve assembly bypassing the pump. The valve assembly is configured to be switched between a dispensing position and a recirculation position closing off the dispense conduit. Method of preventing segregation of a multiphase liquid in a pump conduit between a container and a dispense conduit. A valve assembly between the pump conduit and the dispense conduit closes off the dispense conduit while it opens a recirculation conduit between the container and the valve assembly. The liquid is circulated via a circuit formed by the container, the pump conduit, the valve assembly and the recirculation unit.10-04-2012
20120248138METERED DISPENSER AND METHOD OF DISPENSING A MEASURED AMOUNT OF A SUBSTANCE - A dispensing method and dispenser that dispenses a measured amount of a substance from a container are provided. The dispenser includes a measuring chamber having an adjustable volume, and a conduit section that adjusts the volume of the measuring chamber by moving a plunger that forms a wall of the measuring chamber. The substance is poured into the measuring chamber from the container through a valve, and the valve closes to seal the substance within the measuring chamber. The plunger may include a spout through which the substance is dispensed when the plunger is driven by the conduit section into the measuring chamber to reduce the volume of the measuring chamber.10-04-2012
20120074165FLUIDICS SYSTEM FOR SEQUENTIAL DELIVERY OF REAGENTS - The invention provides a passive fluidics circuit for directing different fluids to a common volume, such as a reaction chamber or flow cell, without intermixing or cross contamination. The direction and rate of flow through junctions, nodes and passages of the fluidics circuit are controlled by the states of upstream valves (e.g. opened or closed), differential fluid pressures at circuit inlets or upstream reservoirs, flow path resistances, and the like. Free diffusion or leakage of fluids from unselected inlets into the common outlet or other inlets at junctions or nodes is prevented by the flow of the selected inlet fluid, a portion of which sweeps by the inlets of unselected fluids and exits the fluidics circuit by waste ports, thereby creating a barrier against undesired intermixing with the outlet flow through leakage or diffusion.03-29-2012
20120223094INTELLIGENT MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DISPENSED CHILLED FOOD PRODUCT DEVICES - A dispensing chills viscous edible composition. The dispensing system may have: 09-06-2012
20120223095VALVE FOR A FLUID FLOW CONNECTOR HAVING AN OVERMOLDED PLUNGER - A fluid flow connector and a method of manufacturing the same wherein the fluid flow connector utilizes a valve having a plunger which is made by overmolding a soft exterior to a hard core. The soft exterior being overmolded to the hard core by either insert or multi-shot methods. The method also including attaching the soft exterior to the hard core mechanically and/or by molecular bonding.09-06-2012
20090020554WOUND DRESSING AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING SAME - A multi-layered wound dressing includes a moisture-retaining portion for enhancing the healing of a wound. The wound dressing includes an intermediate layer that has both water soluble and water insoluble fibers. An apparatus that includes a cutting tool and a reservoir of liquid to pre-moisten a portion of the dressing may be used to manufacture the dressings.01-22-2009
20090020552Self-Cleaning Foam-Dispensing Device - The invention relates to a foam-dispensing device (01-22-2009
20120255969HAND SANITIZER DEVICE FOR FUEL PUMP DISPENSER - A hand sanitizer dispenser is attached to a fuel pump dispenser to provide a patron with the option to cleanse his hands after pumping fuel. The hand sanitizer includes a circuit configured to receive an activation signal from a computer system of the fuel pump dispenser.10-11-2012
20120261437METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF PHASE SEPARATION IN STORAGE TANKS - The present disclosure relates to a fuel delivery system and method for preventing and detecting phase separation in fuel storage tanks. Before phase separation occurs, the fuel delivery system may automatically warn a gas station operator to take preventative action. After phase separation occurs, the fuel delivery system may automatically shut down and warn the gas station operator to take corrective action.10-18-2012
20110121021METHOD OF DISPENSING LIQUID - A liquid dispensing device (05-26-2011
20110121020FLUID TRANSFER ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF FLUID TRANSFER - A fluid dispensing assembly, including a valve, a housing, a user interface, and a fitting to couple to a fluid source. The valve may include a first sensor detecting proper placement of the fluid container based on a magnetic material positioned at the bottom of the fluid container, a plunger having a plunger shaft coupled thereto, the plunger selectively placing the valve in fluid communication with the fluid container, and a solenoid coupled to the plunger shaft and moving the plunger shaft to transition the plunger between an open position and a closed position. The user interface may be coupled to the valve to enable selection of at least a fluid container size and a dispensing mode.05-26-2011
20110121019Device for Drug Distribution and Method of Using Thereof - A medicament dispensing device comprises (a) at least one container adapted for accommodating and dispensing at least one elongate packagible elongate blister pack carrying a plurality of blisters containing the medicament; (b) transporting means adapted for transporting the blister pack toward opening of the container; (c) dispensing means adapted for releasing a fragment of the blister pack bearing a predetermined number of the blisters from the container through the opening to a patient; and (d) controlling means adapted for identifying the patient before dispensing the blister to the patient, activating the dispensing means, recording actions of dispensing. The substrate is foldable and configured to be folded within the container. The dispensing means is adapted to cut off the blister bearing fragment. The dispensing means adapted to cut off the blister bearing fragment such that the blisters remain intact.05-26-2011
20110121018CONTAINER - A container is provided comprising a receiving vessel (05-26-2011
20110121016METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID - Device and method for dispensing a liquid, comprising a liquid container; a plurality of dispensing openings connecting to the liquid container for controlled dispensing of the liquid to a substrate, and at least one membrane which connects onto the dispensing openings and which is displaceable between a first sealing position, in which the dispensing openings are covered by the membrane, and a second opened position in which the dispensing openings are left clear by the membrane, which device is also provided with a medium-filled control system which connects to the membrane such that the membrane is displaceable between the first and the second position by means of pressure variation on the medium.05-26-2011
20100327014APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FLUID DISPENSING - An apparatus and method are described for selectively dispensing a fluid on to a substrate. The apparatus including a holder for holding a substrate, such as a non-planar substrate or circuit board. A fluid dispenser for dispensing fluid, such as an adhesive, and a positioning device for moving the fluid dispenser are also provided. The positioning device and fluid dispenser are arranged to allow fluid to be dispensed on to a substrate, held by the holder. The holder including a tilting mechanism that enables a substrate, held by the holder to be tilted about at least one axis. In use, a substrate may be tilted such that the region of the substrate onto which fluid is to be dispensed by the fluid dispenser is at least approximately horizontal thereby preventing unwanted fluid flow under gravity.12-30-2010
20100327013FOAMABLE ALCOHOL COMPOSITIONS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE - A composition, systems for dispensing the composition and methods for the use of the composition are described. The composition comprises: 12-30-2010
20100327012BUBBLE PRESENCE/ABSENCE DETERMINING METHOD AND DISPENSING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a method for determining the presence or absence of bubbles inside pipes in a dispensing apparatus and a dispensing apparatus.12-30-2010
20100327011MOBILE DELIVERY PLATFORM FOR FLOWABLE EXPLOSIVE - Apparatus for storing and dispensing flowable explosive, the apparatus including an explosive pump for pumping flowable explosive into an explosive tank having a fluid pressure-actuated piston movable therein for expelling flowable explosive out of the explosive tank through a delivery hose fitted with an injector through which one or more additives from one or more additive tanks can be pumped by an additive pump.12-30-2010
20100327010PRESS IN BOTTLE ADAPTER - An adapter to be pressed into the neck of a bottle to receive a syringe for accessing the bottle contents by a syringe. The adapter has a distal end that extends into the bottle and a normally closed valve located at that distal end to prevent the contents from leaking out of the bottle if the bottle is inverted. An upper flange of the adapter seats against the top of the bottle and is recessed into the top of the bottle to prevent easy access to pry the adapter out of the bottle. A cap is also disclosed that is adapted to be pressed into the neck of a bottle. The cap has an upper lid that is hinged to a lower body to allow the upper hinge to move between a closed position sealing the bottle and an open position where the bottle is accessible by a syringe.12-30-2010
20100327009LIQUID DOSING APPARATUS - An apparatus and means to repeatedly dose a desired volume of liquid, comprising the removable cartridge comprising a first liquid, and the cartridge mating member.12-30-2010
20100327008LIQUID FOR EJECTION AND METHOD FOR EJECTING BIO-SPECIMEN - A liquid for ejection includes a bio-specimen, and at least one kind of first compounds expressed by Formula (1),12-30-2010
20100327007METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE SERIAL EJECTION OF TWO FLUIDS COMPRISING A SPACER - A device for the serial ejection of at least two fluid components comprises a spacer (12-30-2010
20100230433CONTAINER FOR BEVERAGE - A container, provided with an inner space (09-16-2010
20110036860SINGLE-CRYSTAL GROWTH APPARATUS AND RAW-MATERIAL SUPPLY METHOD - A single-crystal growth apparatus includes: a raw-material accumulation tube housed in a pull chamber; a bottom lid attached to a lower end opening of the raw-material accumulation tube; a shaft connected to the bottom lid to lift/lower the accumulation tube and bottom lid; a forward/backward movable raw-material guide tube having a leading end to be inserted through a side wall of the pull chamber into the raw-material accumulation tube; and a raw-material supply apparatus for supplying solid raw materials through the raw-material guide tube into the raw-material accumulation tube, in which the solid raw materials are supplied from the raw-material supply apparatus, through the raw-material guide tube, to the raw-material accumulation tube with the leading end of the raw-material guide tube being inserted into the raw-material accumulation tube, so as to accumulate the solid raw materials, and the bottom lid is lowered to drop the solid raw materials into a crucible. Thus a large amount of raw-material melt can be formed efficiently in the crucible during growth of single crystal.02-17-2011
20110036859FLUID EJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD TO CONTROL FLUID EJECTION DEVICE - A fluid ejection device includes a pulsating flow generation section adapted to eject a fluid in a pulsed manner; a fluid supply section adapted to supply the pulsating flow generation section with the fluid; a fluid supply tube having flexibility adapted to communicate the pulsating flow generation section and the fluid supply section with each other; and a drive control section adapted to perform drive control of the pulsating flow generation section and the fluid supply section, wherein the drive control section starts up the pulsating flow generation section, makes the fluid supply section supply the fluid at a first flow rate for a predetermined time period, and then makes the fluid supply section supply the fluid at a second flow rate lower than the first flow rate after the predetermined time period elapses.02-17-2011
20110036858VAPOR SHEATH FOR LIQUID DISPENSING NOZZLE - The present disclosure provides a device for preventing the fouling of a liquid dispensing nozzle. The end of the dispensing nozzle is placed In a hollow interior of a band carrying the same solvents that are dispensed by the nozzle. The solvent on the band evaporates into a gap between the ring and the dispensing nozzle, thus providing a vapor sheath or environment that helps to prevent the fouling of the dispensing nozzle.02-17-2011
20110036857Distribution Method for Low-Sulfur Fuels Products - Method for transporting low and ultra-low sulfur fuel products using common, non-dedicated distribution systems also used to transport and distribute high-sulfur fuel products.02-17-2011
20120267389APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING BENEFICIAL LIQUIDS AT A CONSISTENT RATE - An apparatus for providing controlled delivery of a beneficial agent is disclosed. In one embodiment, such an apparatus includes a water chamber and a filter to produce filtered water by removing impurities from water introduced into the water chamber. A water-transporting membrane transports filtered water from the water chamber to an extraction chamber, thereby expanding the extraction chamber. The extraction chamber contains an osmagent that provides the driving force to pull the filtered water through the water-transporting membrane. As the extraction chamber expands, a dispensing chamber containing a beneficial agent contracts. This causes the beneficial agent to be expelled through a port in communication with the dispensing chamber. A corresponding method is also disclosed.10-25-2012
20110226804Method for rapidly emptying the activated carbon filter while using an HC sensor (concentration change) - A method for rapidly emptying an activated carbon filter while using an HC sensor (concentration change). A device for a tank system, for a motor vehicle having the device for a tank system and to a method for emptying an activated carbon filter for a tank system. The concentration of volatile components which are flushed from the activated carbon filter is detected by a concentration sensor. The concentration sensor is used as an early warning sensor to prevent any disturbances of mixture production of an engine.09-22-2011
20110226803PORTABLE CUSTOM NAIL POLISH CREATOR - A portable nail polish creator is provided. The portable nail polish creator may include a user interface to allow a user to select a nail polish color. Additionally, the nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive the selection of the nail polish color via the interface. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of at least one of a plurality of nail polish colors to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an arm assembly that may receive a signal from the processor to move a nail polish bottle in position to receive the nail polish based on the amount of at least one of the plurality of nail polish colors determined by the processor. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.09-22-2011
20110226802PLASTIC-FREE DEVICE FOR FLUID STORAGE AND DELIVERY - In an embodiment, the device comprises a stainless steel container portion, a stainless steel annular portion, and a silicone mouthpiece portion. Fluid or other contents stored in the device only come in contact with the stainless container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion. The stainless steel container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion all do not contain plastic, therefore the fluid in contact with these surfaces is not exposed to any toxins or other compounds found in plastic and therefore the leaching of plastic toxins and compounds cannot occur while the fluid is stored in the device. The mouthpiece portion can be any of a number of different varieties, sizes and shapes.09-22-2011
20110226801DISPENSER AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A dispenser includes a pair of opposing side bracket members, a top member, a push button member, and a pair of applicator members. Each of the pair of opposing side bracket members may include an outer surface portion and an inner surface portion. The inner surface portion of each of the opposing side bracket members may include a pair of applicator member receiving recess and a first sanitizer container receiving recess. The top member may overlie and may be removeably connected to the pair of opposing side bracket members when the opposing side bracket members are connected to one another. The top member may include an outer surface portion and an inner surface portion. The inner surface portion may include a second sanitizer container receiving recess. One of the respective pair of opposing applicator members may be carried by one of the applicator member receiving recesses when the pair of opposing side bracket members are connected to one another.09-22-2011
20110127295HAND APPLICATION DEVICE - The invention relates to a hand application device (06-02-2011
20120080446Dispensers for Aerosol Systems - A dispenser for an aerosol system for dispensing liquid material includes an outlet member, a collar member, an actuator member, and a selector member. The outlet member defines an outlet opening. The actuator member supports the collar member and the outlet member such that movement of the collar member relative to the actuator member causes the collar member to deform the outlet member. Movement of the selector member relative to the collar member causes movement of the collar member relative to the actuator member. Deformation of the outlet member alters a cross-sectional area of the outlet opening.04-05-2012
20120080445REFRIGERATOR DOOR WINE DISPENSER - A refrigerator having a door that includes a liquid dispensing system. A gas cylinder mounted on the refrigerator provides regulated gas flow to ports on the dispensing system. A bottle with a dispense head attached then can have liquid displaced by utilization of a valve component of the dispense head.04-05-2012
20110266304ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR REAGENT DISTRIBUTION CONTROL IN SCR REACTORS - A method for controlling dosage of a reagent in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system includes the step of providing the system with a plurality of reagent injection nozzles, each nozzle being configured and adapted to be independently calibrated during an SCR reaction when the system is in operation. The method further includes determining an influence coefficient for each injection nozzle for a catalyst independently of the other injection nozzles, and optimizing the flow of reagent from each injection nozzle to minimize a sum of deviation across a surface of the catalyst. A system performs selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and a machine readable medium contains program instructions to controlling dosage of a reagent in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system.11-03-2011
20110266303SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIP IRRIGATION - Systems and methods for injecting materials into soil within a predetermined geographical area are described. One or more tanks store chemicals and a mixing chamber in an injector mixes measured quantities of the chemicals. The mixture is introduced to a stream of water and thence to the soil. A controller monitors the flow of chemicals and the stream of water and causes the injector to release discrete predetermined amounts of the chemical mixture into the soil at a sequence of injection points. The controller can provide a pulsed signal to control the volume and rate of delivery of water. The controller may operate according to a treatment plan.11-03-2011
20110266302BEVERAGE AND DESSERT DISPENSER WITH FLOW CONTROL VALVE - A beverage and dessert dispenser for making beverages or frozen desserts includes an auger driven to rotate and a cone displaceable with respect to the auger such that at least a portion of the auger may be positioned inside the cone for mixing ingredients. A flow control valve, connected to a bottom, exit, end of the cone, includes a housing and a gate operatively connected thereto. The gate is linearly translatable with respect to the housing along a fore-aft axis between closed and open positions of the flow control valve. The flow control valve seals the bottom opening of the cone when in the closed position, and permits fluid flow through the bottom opening of the cone when in the open position. The beverage and dessert dispenser is actuatable between a blending state, where the auger rotates, and a non-blending state, where the auger does not rotate.11-03-2011
20120325850GAS STORAGE AND DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH MONOLITHIC CARBON ADSORBENT - A pyrolyzed monolith carbon physical adsorbent that is characterized by at least one of the following characteristics: (a) a fill density measured for arsine gas at 25° C. and pressure of 650 torr that is greater than 400 grams arsine per liter of adsorbent; (b) at least 30% of overall porosity of the adsorbent including slit-shaped pores having a size in a range of from about 0.3 to about 0.72 nanometer, and at least 20% of the overall porosity including micropores of diameter<2 nanometers; and (c) having a bulk density of from about 0.80 to about 2.0 grams per cubic centimeter, preferably from 0.9 to 2.0 grams per cubic centimeter.12-27-2012
20120279985IN-STORE SAMPLE DISPENSER - A sample dispenser is provided allowing a consumer to sample a product. The dispenser includes a dosing unit having a mechanical pump and a nozzle for dispensing sampling amounts of the flowable substance. The dispenser also includes a cradle assembly featuring a cap and a dock, the dock having a receiving area and therein a floor from which projects an upwardly oriented hollow connector with a plastic wall piercing mouth. The cap is fittable over a product container. Tubing connects the pump and hollow connector allowing communication of the flowable substance between the product container and pump. Also provided is a method to allow a consumer to sample the product. The method includes providing the sample dispenser as described above, and activating the dosing unit to deliver a portion of the flowable substance to the consumer.11-08-2012
20120279986PROCESS FOR ASSEMBLING FITMENT ON TO A CONTAINER - A collar for a dispensing connector and a fitment assembly are disclosed. The connector collar engages a valved fitment for a container for holding and dispensing fluid. The fitment includes a spout connected to the container and a sliding internal valve body and an external valve body securely positioned within the spout. The connector collar has a fitment end mateable with the fitment so as to compress the top edge of the external valve body so as to form a seal between the external valve body and the dispensing connector.11-08-2012
20120325844Systems and Methods for Dispensing Control for a Product Dispenser - Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods of dispensing control for a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system or product dispenser can be provided. The system or product dispenser can include a plurality of beverage ingredient sources comprising a respective beverage ingredient, a plurality of beverage supply lines in respective communication with the plurality of ingredient sources, at least one pump in communication with the plurality of beverage supply lines, and a controller in communication with the at least one pump and operable to execute a set of instructions. The set of instructions can be operable to store data associated with a prior poured beverage, provide a command for a user to dispense the prior poured beverage in a subsequent pour, and after selection of the command, based at least in part on the data associated with a prior poured beverage, dispense a subsequent beverage similar to the prior poured beverage.12-27-2012
20120325845Systems and Methods for Recipe Portion Control for a Product Dispenser - Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for recipe portion control for a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system or product dispenser can be provided. A system or product dispenser can include a plurality of beverage ingredient sources comprising a respective beverage ingredient, a plurality of beverage supply lines in respective communication with the plurality of ingredient sources, at least one pump in communication with the plurality of beverage supply lines, and a controller in communication with the at least one pump and operable to execute a set of instructions. The set of instructions can be operable to dispense a first portion of a beverage, delay further dispensing for a predefined time, and dispense at least a second portion of the beverage.12-27-2012
20120325847FLUID DISPENSING APPARATUSES AND METHODS THEREOF - A system for dispensing fluid for a food product includes a valve-less fluid block including one or more internal air passages defined within its interior with each air passage configured to operatively couple with an air source. The block includes one or more internal dispensing passages defined within the block interior. Each dispensing passage is configured to operatively couple with a flow channel. The flow channel is disposed external to the block and is configured to operatively couple with a fluid source. The dispensing passages are disposed and further configured in fluid communication with the air passages within the interior of the block and place the flow channels in fluid communication with the air passages. A port is defined in the block and is adapted to dispense fluid from the interior of the block.12-27-2012
20120325846METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASEPTICALLY DISPENSING MULTIPLE PORTIONS OF A FLUID - A method and a device for dispensing multiple portions of a fluid, the fluid being stored in a container comprising a port and a flexible dispensing tube having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being integrally sealed to the port and viscoelastic valve is mounted in the outlet. The method comprising a compression step and a step of terminating compression wherein the method comprises a further step implemented at the end of the compression step of releasing the pressure in the tube portion between the first tube portion and the valve12-27-2012
20120325848MIXING NOZZLE FITMENTS - Mixing nozzle fitments and beverage devices containing the mixing nozzle fitments are provided. In an embodiment, the mixing nozzle fitment includes a first shaft defining an inlet passage, a second shaft defining a curved outlet passage and attached to the first shaft, and a coupling member attached to the second shaft. The coupling member defines a passage that leads into the curved outlet passage of the second shaft. The mixing nozzle fitment can be used in any suitable beverage dispensing device.12-27-2012
20120091165System and Method for Correcting for Pressure Variations Using a Motor - Systems and methods for compensating for pressure increase which may occur in various enclosed spaces of a pumping apparatus are disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention may compensate for pressure increases in chambers of a pumping apparatus by moving a pumping means of the pumping apparatus to adjust the volume of the chamber to compensate for a pressure increase in the chamber. More specifically, in one embodiment, to account for unwanted pressure increases to the fluid in a dispense chamber the dispense motor may be reversed to back out piston to compensate for any pressure increase in the dispense chamber.04-19-2012
20120325849LEAK-PROOF ART INSTRUMENT - Art instrument having a self-contained reservoir for storing and dispensing application liquid includes a reservoir body for containing the application liquid and a dispensing assembly that dispenses the application liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing assembly includes an applicator, a primary orifice restrictor including a channel, a movable actuating assembly that retains the applicator and the primary orifice restrictor and is movably connected to the reservoir body, and a secondary orifice restrictor arranged in an opening of the reservoir body and includes an initially closed channel. The instrument also includes a partly movable control mechanism that controls movement of the actuating assembly relative to the reservoir body. The control mechanism having a configuration in which it prevents opening of the closed channel and thereby prevents leakage of application liquid from the reservoir prior to manual activation by a user.12-27-2012
20120285987POWDER DISPENSER WITH CARTRIDGE - Described are articles that serve as integrated dispensers or applicators for powdered compositions. Primarily, the powder-dispensing articles of the invention include a housing in which a cartridge is disposed that can move in relation to the housing, typically by depressing a plunger that protrudes from the housing. The housing unit contains a housing access port that provides access to the preferably replaceable cartridge. The cartridge also contains an orifice, referred to as a cartridge access port, in the cartridge wall. The housing and cartridge access ports are brought into alignment by the user, for example, by depressing a plunger that causes the cartridge to move in relation to the housing by compressing a biasing member. Such port alignment exposes the powdered composition inside the cartridge.11-15-2012
20100200608CONTAINER - A container for dispensing liquid such as milk, from a bag, includes a clamp to secure an ear of the bag to the container rim, and a lid with a piercing member to dispense the liquid. The piercing member pierces the bag adjacent the clamp as the lid is closed.08-12-2010
20120138631FLUID PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for delivering fluid-containing feed materials to process equipment are disclosed. A liner-based pressure dispensing vessel is subjected to filling by application of vacuum between the liner and overpack. Multiple feed material flow controllers of different calibrated flow ranges may be selectively operated in parallel for a single feed material. Feed material blending and testing for scale-up may be performed with feed materials supplied by multiple liner-based pressure dispensing containers. A gravimetric system may be used to determine concentration of at least one component of a multi-component solution or mixture.06-07-2012
20120138628GRAVIMETRIC DISPENSING SYSTEM - Apparatus and related methods for continually measuring and dispensing precise amounts of bulk chemical in a car wash application. A gravimetric dispensing assembly can include a load cell and a syringe dosing pump that is suspended below the load cell such that an entire mass of the syringe dosing pump is communicated to the load cell. In this manner, the load cell can measure the actual mass of chemical being dispensed from the syringe dosing pump on a continuous basis without solely relying on the rated volumetric capacity of the syringe dosing pump. The syringe dosing pump can be driven by a stepper motor that can be pulsed as directed by a controller so as to maintain, increase or decrease an amount of bulk chemical being dispensed from the syringe dosing pump.06-07-2012
20130015199BEVERAGES DISPENSER AND A METHOD FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGESAANM TAVOLAZZI; StefanoAACI Verbania_IntraAACO ITAAGP TAVOLAZZI; Stefano Verbania_Intra IT - A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.01-17-2013
20120241469CHEMICAL LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE AND CHEMICAL LIQUID SUPPLY METHOD - A chemical liquid supply device has a pump provided with a pump chamber which is expanded and contracted by an elastically deformable bellows, and chemical liquid in a chemical liquid container flows into the pump chamber through a suction channel. The chemical liquid in the pump chamber is discharged through a discharge channel to a discharge nozzle. A looped circulation channel for returning the chemical liquid supplied from the pump chamber to the pump chamber is connected to the pump, and provided with an expanding and contracting portion. A filter for filtering the chemical liquid which is returned to the pump chamber is provided to the circulation channel. Since flow resistance of the filter is not applied to the pump when the chemical liquid is discharged from a discharge nozzle, it's possible to discharge a specific amount of chemical liquid from the discharge nozzle with a high degree of accuracy.09-27-2012
20080237257POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MATERIAL METERING SYSTEM - A positive displacement material metering system is provided including a housing having an inlet port and an outlet port. A rotatable spindle is within the housing, the spindle provided with a chamber having a pair of openings. A piston is configured to reciprocate within the chamber. Each of the chamber openings is configured to receive liquid material when aligned with the inlet port and to dispense liquid material when aligned with the outlet port.10-02-2008
20080230557BULK FEEDING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A bulk product feeding system includes a product hopper, and a reciprocating ram, positioned in the bottom of the hopper. The hopper has substantially vertical sidewalls, and the ram has a width substantially equal to the width of the hopper. The hopper is configured to hold a bulk quantity of sticky or fragile product, and the sidewalls are spaced apart a distance sufficient to resist bridging of the product. The ram is configured to selectively reciprocate to controllably discharge product through the outlet. The bulk feeding system can include additional features such as a stepped ram, a flexible finger gate, and an oscillating finger gate.09-25-2008
20130181004GLASS BOTTLE FOR CONTAINING LIQUID - Disclosed is a bottle for containing liquid content including a body portion, at least part or the entire portion of an upper portion of which is provided with a plurality of guides which protrudes inward from an inside surface thereof and is in a spiral pattern so that the liquid content can be guided towards an opening of a neck portion of the bottle while spirally revolving inside the bottle.07-18-2013
20130175290SYNCHRONISED DISPENSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR SYNCHRONISING FLOWS, AND METHOD FOR MIXING A MIXABLE MATERIAL - A cartridge system for mixing and applying a mixable material has a discharge opening and at least two cartridges which have interiors delimited in some areas by a cartridge head. A device regulates streams from the cartridges, is arranged on the cartridge head and has an outflow opening and conveying mechanisms for conveying the starting components to the outflow opening. Each conveying mechanism has a connection to an interior of a cartridge, which has a cartridge opening, and is arranged rotatably in the device. Volumetric flows of the components are defined by the angular velocities of the conveying mechanisms, and the conveying mechanisms are coupled to each other in such a way that the ratio of the angular velocities relative to each other is fixed, such that a defined mixing ratio can be generated at the outflow opening.07-11-2013
20130168408Method and Apparatus for Preventing Disease Spread - A device for preventing the spread of disease especially in healthcare and food handling facilities by making it very quick and easy to disinfect hands without having to take extra steps. A small, disinfectant-filled bottle, typically flat, that fits snugly to the waist on a belt, or attached to a pocket, allows almost instantaneous disinfecting of hands simply by reaching down and spraying a small amount of disinfectant fluid on the hand while walking, standing or performing just about any other task. Being generally light and smooth, the device resists hanging up on material or objects, and it can be worn by both male and female personnel. A concave valve prevents false spraying. When empty, the device can be disposed of without any messy refilling.07-04-2013
20130168409DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MIXING AND APPLYING BIOMATERIALS - A device and method for mixing and applying biomaterials comprising a plunger having a plunger body and a dispensing surface, wherein the plunger body is displaceable within a syringe barrel, a shaft within the plunger body having a first end and a second end, wherein the shaft is positioned to extend through and from the plunger body, a mixing surface attached to the first end of the shaft, and a locking device that enables the mixing surface to alternate between an extended position and a retracted position, wherein the mixing surface projects from the dispensing surface in the extended position to promote mixing of the substance, and wherein the mixing surface is retracted through the dispensing surface into the plunger body in the retracted position such the dispensing surface may act on and dispense the substance.07-04-2013
20130168410LIQUID DISPENSING SYSTEMS ENCOMPASSING GAS REMOVAL - Systems are described for delivery of a wide variety of materials in which liquid and gas or vapor states are concurrently present, from a package preferably including a fluid-containing collapsible liner. Headspace gas is removed from a pressure dispensing package prior to liquid dispensation therefrom, and ingress gas is removed thereafter during dispensation operation. At least one sensor senses presence of gas or a gas-liquid interface in a reservoir or gas-liquid separation region. A gas removal system including an integral reservoir, at least one sensor, and at least one flow control elements may be included within a connector adapted to mate with a pressure dispensing package, for highly efficient removal of gas from the liquid being dispensed from the container.07-04-2013
20130098940AUTOMATED FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM - A system and method for automated dispensing of a fluid. The system and method includes accounting for ambient light proximate a dispensing location and generating a reference voltage in response to the ambient light. A second voltage is generating in response to a reflected signal from the location. Dispensing occurs if the difference between the reference voltage and the second voltage is greater than a predetermined amount.04-25-2013
20130112705DISPENSING APPARATUS - Individual portions of ice cream are dispensed from a bulk container. A motor drives a lead screw, to expand a scissor linkage and drive a dispensing head against the bulk container. Pressure applied to the container causes it to collapse and discharge ice cream from an outlet. The lead screw is orthogonal with the movement of the dispensing head and the axis of collapse of the container. The container, motor and lead screw are carried on a drawer which is slidably mounted in a refrigerated housing. Pressure is monitored to regulate operation of the motor. An encoder controls the motor for a specific portion size.05-09-2013
20130112704DISPENSING APPARATUS - Individual portions of ice cream are dispensed from a bulk container. A motor drives a lead screw, to expand a scissor linkage and drive a dispensing head against the bulk container. Pressure applied to the container causes it to collapse and discharge ice cream from an outlet. The lead screw is orthogonal with the movement of the dispensing head and the axis of collapse of the container. The container, motor and lead screw are carried on a drawer which is slidably mounted in a refrigerated housing. Pressure is monitored to regulate operation of the motor. An encoder controls the motor for a specific portion size.05-09-2013
20130126551Labels, Containers, System And Methods For Providing Reagents - The invention relates to systems and methods for marketing and using products such as liquid materials, especially liquid reagents for use in microbiological and cellular biological laboratory settings include the use of unique color and simple numeric or alphanumeric identifiers to quickly and easily identify any product from a catalog list of products. Methods of marketing, advertising and producing such products are also disclosed. Particular embodiments include products, product packaging and product labeling. The invention also relates to collars and sleeves for containers, as well as related methods of use.05-23-2013
20130126552METHOD FOR SELECTING PIPETTING PARAMETERS FOR A LIQUID - A method of selecting pipetting parameters of a pipetting device for dispensing or pipetting a specific volume of a liquid sample, includes a fluid column of a fluid chamber of the pipetting device set into oscillation at the beginning of the aspiration, the pressure is monitored with the pressure transducer in the fluid chamber, and the pressure changes generated during aspiration into measuring signals are recorded. These measuring signals are processed by a computer or micro-processor and reproduced as a pressure curve, which is characteristic for the fluid column with the aspirated liquid sample, and which is compared with known pressure curves. Based on this comparison, pipetting parameters of the pipetting device are selected for the dispense or for pipetting a specific volume of the liquid sample. Selectable pipetting parameters include a speed of a movement of a pump piston of the pipetting device.05-23-2013
20130134182Caulk Finger Wiping Apparatus and Methods of Making and Using the Same - An apparatus for removing caulk from a user's finger(s) and tool(s) (i.e., a caulk finger wiping apparatus) is disclosed. The apparatus is used in combination with a disposable tube-style caulk cartridge and in conjunction with any one of multiple styles of caulking guns. The apparatus includes an upper edge that may have finger receiving notches for removing caulk from a user's finger(s) and tool(s), and an apparatus component for collecting the removed caulk. Methods of making and using the apparatus for removing caulk from a user's finger(s) and tool(s) are also disclosed.05-30-2013
20130140322DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING PELLETS - A device and method for dispensing pellets from a hopper to a desired delivery point. The hopper receives and holds the pellets at an elevation above the elevation of the desired delivery point. A fixed diameter opening is defined through which the pellets pass in order to reach a conduit that directs the pellets to the desired delivery point. A localized, direct mechanical force is imparted to pellets adjacent to the fixed diameter opening to break up bridges above the opening and allow the pellets to flow through the opening.06-06-2013
20130140323LIQUID FOAMING SOAP DISPENSER - The present application relates to a foaming soap dispenser. The soap dispenser includes a housing, a liquid storage tank, a pump, a main control assembly and an output assembly. The arrangement of the pump allows for control of the output which prevents the air-liquid mixture from freely back flowing or dripping. The soap dispenser includes a controller configured to reverse the fluid pumping direction of the pump allowing for some liquid provided to the outlet to be returned to the liquid storage tank. Return of some liquid to the liquid storage tank prevents contamination.06-06-2013
20100276444SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGE - The present invention provides a system for cooling a beverage and dispensing a beverage cooling medium. The system comprises a beverage line connectable to a beverage supply for transporting beverage from the beverage supply through a conduit to a beverage dispense valve at a dispensation site, and a cooling line for transporting a cooling medium through the conduit so as to allow heat exchange between the cooling medium in the cooling line and the beverage in the beverage line. The cooling line is connectable to the beverage supply or to a second beverage supply such that the cooling medium is a beverage cooling medium. The system further comprises a cooling medium dispense valve in communication with the cooling line at the dispensation site for dispensing the beverage cooling medium. The present invention also relates to a method for cooling a beverage flowing through a beverage line from a beverage supply to a beverage dispense valve at a dispensation site, the beverage line passing through a conduit, and for dispensing a frozen particle-containing beverage.11-04-2010
20110215111METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ORIENTING SPERM IN A FLUID STREAM - A flow cytometry nozzle and method for orienting sperm cells in a fluid flow path including an interior surface of a nozzle. The interior surface of the nozzle having a first, a second and a third axially tapered region for progressively accelerating the speed of a fluid stream in a downstream direction toward a nozzle exit. At least two of the regions having generally elliptical cross sectional shapes oriented in different directions for applying torsional forces to a fluid stream passing there through, tending to bring sperm cells in the stream into a desired orientation.09-08-2011
20080197145Method for Dispensing Ophthalmic Fluid - An ophthalmic dispenser and method of filling and dispensing fluid stored therein. The dispenser includes a rigid housing defining a fluid-receiving chamber, a flexible bladder receivable within the fluid-receiving chamber, a pump coupled in fluid communication with the fluid-receiving chamber, and a nozzle having a valve defining an annular, axially-extending valve seat, an outlet aperture coupled in fluid communication between the valve seat and the pump, and a flexible valve cover extending about the valve seat and forming an annular, axially-extending interface therebetween. The valve interface is connectable in fluid communication with the outlet aperture, and at least part of the valve cover is movable between (i) a normally closed position with the valve cover engaging the valve seat to close the interface and form a fluid-tight seal therebetween, and (ii) an open position with at least part of the valve cover spaced away from the valve seat in response to pumped fluid flowing through the outlet aperture at a pressure greater than a valve opening pressure to allow the passage of pressurized fluid therebetween. The rigid housing is mountable within a cartridge which, in turn, is mountable within a dispenser housing including an eyelid depressor and a trigger for simultaneously actuating the eyelid depressor and pump.08-21-2008
20080197144RFID environmental manipulation - A system and method to reduce signal to noise ratio within an RFID enabled warehouse or distribution center by introducing highly reflective aluminum oxide particulate into the atmospheric environment of the warehouse or distribution center. The aluminum oxide will be comprised of nano size particulate manufactured in an aerosol format. This particulate will be introduced into the environment through the auspices of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanism associated with the environment. The levels of particulate will be monitored through the use of strategically placed sensors in order to maintain regulatory compliance. Furthermore, the signal to noise ratio will be enhanced by reducing ambient noise emanating from light fixtures in the environment through the strategic placement of inferential filters. Furthermore, the signal to noise ratio from man made sources will be reduced by using horizontally configured backscatter transmitting antenna within the environment.08-21-2008
20110220678SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING DEHYDRATED CULTURE MEDIA POWDER - An improved system and method for dispensing dehydrated culture media (DCM) powder into containers for preparation as a culture media. The manual and automated systems and methods operate to dispense DCM powder, as well as liquid, into vessels or media preparation instruments in a manner to avoid DCM dust inhalation by persons in the surrounding area and contamination of equipment and surfaces in the surrounding area. The system can further comprise a carousel arrangement that permits dispensing of DCM powder from multiple containers at multiple volumes and rates. In addition, the containers have a particular configuration for use with the system and method, such as the carousel arrangement, to avoid errors, promote repeatability and eliminate dusting. The containers can also include a device, such as an auger, to facilitated measured dispensing of the DCM powder automatically or manually into a flask, automated media sterilizers or other instruments.09-15-2011
20110226800FLUID DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND METHODS - A method for operating a fluid drainage control system to drain a fluid from a fluid dispensation system is provided. The method includes determining a first ambient air temperature, determining if the first ambient air temperature is less than a predetermined drain set point temperature, isolating the fluid dispensation system from a fluid supply source by closing a supply valve located inside a temperature controlled area in response to the first ambient air temperature being less than the predetermined drain set point temperature, and draining the fluid from the fluid dispensation system by opening a drain valve subsequent to closing the supply valve. The method further includes determining a second ambient air temperature, determining if the second ambient air temperature is greater than a predetermined operation set point temperature, closing the drain valve in response to the second ambient air temperature being greater than the predetermined operation set point temperature, and opening the supply valve subsequent to closing the drain valve.09-22-2011
20130146611LOCKING AEROSOL ACTUATORS - An aerosol actuator which may be connected to a container to form an aerosol delivery system or package wherein the aerosol actuator includes four parts: a base, a trigger, a locking ring, and an orifice cup; the locking ring including a lock stop and the trigger including a locking post to lock and unlock actuation of the aerosol actuator.06-13-2013
20120255970METHOD FOR EFFICIENT AND PRECISE TRANSFER OF LIQUIDS - A method for aspirating and/or dispensing liquids. The method includes preselecting a volume of liquid to be aspirated and/or dispensed; aspirating and/or dispensing the liquid through an actuator by extruding tubing in a spool included in a cartridge inside of a housing and aligning the extruded tubing with a fixed tip protruding partially out of the housing such that liquid can be aspirated and/or dispensed by a pump included in the actuator.10-11-2012
20100308074LIQUID PUMP - A liquid pump for dispensing a liquid is provided. The pump comprises a body which defines a plurality of cylinders therein, each cylinder having located therein a respective piston, wherein each cylinder and respective piston is shaped and configured such that the fit between them substantially prevents leakage of the liquid to be dispensed. Such a liquid pump may be used to fill pharmaceutical dosage forms, such as capsules, with liquid pharmaceutical compositions.12-09-2010
20100308075CONTAINER FOR FLOWABLE SUBSTANCES AND DISPENSING APPARATUS - A container for flowable substances includes a rigid, concave lower part having an outlet and an upper part including of a convex flexible film that is mirror-inverted with respect to the inner contour of the lower part. The upper and lower parts may be in the shape of hemispheres. The upper part is surrounded by a housing body which is tightly connected with the lower part and may be connected to a pressure source for emptying the container. In the emptied condition of the container, the film lies flush at the inner contour of the lower part of the container. For emptying, air pressure is applied to the upper part of the container. The outlet is provided with a closure in the shape of a disc which is rotatable about an axis offset from the opening of the outlet and has a passage for inserting a dispensing nipple.12-09-2010
20100308073APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A DISPENSING SYSTEM OF A REFRIGERATED APPLIANCE - An apparatus, method and system for sensing parameters related to water and/or ice being dispensed from a dispensing station of a refrigerated appliance is disclosed. The dispensing system includes a sensing system positionable at the dispensing station at the point of dispension for liquid and/or ice to sense a parameter related to dispensed water and/or ice and produce a sensing signal.12-09-2010
20130153598Dispenser and Method for Storing and Dispensing Sterile Product - A dispenser is provided for the delivery of controlled, metered amounts of any of numerous different substances to humans or animals, such as medicaments, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food products, or to deliver materials that may react upon exposure to air, such as glue. Means are provided in the dispenser to effect controlled delivery of a pre-determined amount of the substance contained in the dispenser. A one-way valve is provided to hermetically seal the portion of the dispenser containing the substance to be dispensed.06-20-2013
20120273518Aerosol Systems and Methods For Dispensing Texture Material - An aerosol texturing system for applying a layer of texture material on an uncoated portion of a substrate substantially to match a coated portion of the substrate, comprises an aerosol assembly, texture material, and propellant material. The aerosol assembly defines a product chamber and is selectively operable in a first mode in which the product chamber is sealed and in a second mode in which fluid is allowed to flow out of the product chamber along a dispensing passageway. The texture material and propellant material are disposed within the product chamber. The texture material has a base portion and a particulate portion containing at least one particulate material. When the aerosol assembly is in the second mode, the propellant material is adapted to force the texture material out of the aerosol assembly along the dispensing passageway and onto the uncoated portion of is the substrate.11-01-2012
20100314407METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PORTIONING AND DISPENSING ICE - An ice portion control module includes an ice bin for storing ice. A base in the ice bin has one or more portion control compartments. The one or more portion control compartments has an interior volume to hold a predetermined portion of the ice. An actuator moves the one or more portion control compartments between a fill position wherein the one or more portion control compartments holds the ice, and a dispense position wherein the predetermined portion of the ice is dispensed out of the one or more portion control compartments.12-16-2010
20110303693SINGLE OR MULTIPLE DISPENSE OF BEVERAGES FROM A BULK CONTAINER ON A REFRIGERATOR - A system, apparatus, and method for single or multiple dispensing of beverages from a bulk container in a refrigerator includes a support or receiver for an interchangeable bulk liquid container on the inside of a refrigerated compartment door. A fluid conduit is adapted to be installed into the bulk container inside the refrigerator and extend through the door to a dispensing station accessible by a user from the exterior of the door. A pumping mechanism can be actuated to move liquid from the bulk container through the door to the dispensing station. Upon user choice or exhaustion of liquid from the bulk container, the conduit can be removed from the container, a new container substituted, the conduit reinserted, and a new source of single or multiple dispension is available at the exterior dispensing station of the refrigerator.12-15-2011
20110309102APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECONFIGURING ITEMS - Apparatuses, methods, and systems for reconfiguring some or all content from one or more first containers into a second container are provided. In an example of the apparatus, the apparatus has a dispensing system having a dispenser to dispense content from one container into another, and a delivery system adapted to reconfigure the dispensed content from the one container into another container. In another example, a method includes dispensing selected contents from one container and reconfiguring the dispensed contents from the one container into another. In another example, the system includes a controller, a machine controlled by the controller, wherein the machine has a pair of container handlers, a content dispenser, and a content delivery system. The controller is adapted to control the machine using a selection criterion to operate the content dispenser to dispense selected content from one container to move with the delivery system into another container.12-22-2011
20110315709METHOD FOR OPERATING A METERING DEVICE ARRANGED IN A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE METERING DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - The invention relates to a method of operation for a dispenser to dispense at least one washing and/or cleaning agent preparation into the interior of a household appliance while the dispenser is detachably connected to the household appliance. The dispenser comprises a control unit in which at least one dispensing program is stored. The control unit interacts with at least one actuator mounted in the dispenser in such a way that the dispenser releases washing and/or cleaning agent preparation into the interior of the household appliance. The dispenser further comprises at least one receiving unit for control and/or monitoring signals that are emitted by at least one transmitting unit arranged in the household appliance. At least a portion of the signals is converted by the control unit of the dispenser to control instructions from the actuators of the dispenser. The reception of the signals is monitored by the control unit and if the signals are not received in the dispenser, a dispensing program within the control unit of the dispenser is activated.12-29-2011
20120085779Actuator Systems and Methods for Aerosol Wall Texturing - A system for dispensing texture material comprises a main container, an outlet assembly, and an aerosol valve assembly. The main container stores texture material and pressurized propellant material. The aerosol valve assembly is arranged to allow control of fluid flowing out of the main container. The outlet assembly is configured such that the cross-sectional area of the outlet opening corresponds to the desired pattern. The aerosol valve assembly is operated to allow the pressurized propellant material to force the texture material out of the main container through the outlet opening defined by the outlet assembly. The texture material forced out of the main container is deposited on the target surface in the desired pattern.04-12-2012
20120085778Disposable toothpaste dispenser cover - A disposable toothpaste dispenser cover configured to prevent direct contact between the toothpaste dispenser and a toothbrush so as to prevent the transfer of germs from one person to the next person using the toothpaste dispenser is provided. Also provided is a method for using the disposable cover and a tooth care kit containing the same.04-12-2012

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