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Fitting For Beverage Container - Patent 8127958
The present invention relates to a fitting for a beverage container that is fixed to a beverage container such as a beer barrel as a ferrule and connected to a dispensing head, and more particularly to a fitting for a beverage container capableof completely preventing foreign matter, rainwater and so on from entering by eliminating a gap between the ferrule and an attachment member, and enabling a reduction in maintenance operations.BACKGROUND ART In a conventional beverage container such as a beer barrel, a ferrule is fixed to the beverage container by welding or the like, and a fitting is attached to the ferrule by screwing. A dispensing head is then connected to the fitting. Pressurized gas such as carbon dioxide is supplied to the beverage container through the dispensing head, and thus the beverage in the beverage container is dispensed to the exterior of the container. The manner in which a conventional fitting isattached to a ferrule will now be described with reference to FIGS. 25 and 26. FIG. 25 is a sectional view showing the manner in which a conventional fitting is attached to a beverage container from the front. FIG. 26 is an enlarged sectional view showing a part of the fitting and the ferrule. FIG. 25 shows a case inwhich the beverage is draft beer and the beverage container is a beer barrel. An attachment member 2 of the fitting is screwed fixedly to the inside of a ferrule 91 provided on an upper portion of a beer barrel 9. Further, a down tube 5 biased upwardby a spring is attached to the attachment member 2. A gas valve 3 is fixed to an upper end portion of the down tube 5, and a beer valve 4 is provided in the interior of the upper end of the down tube 5 so as to be biased upward. The gas valve 3 and beer valve 4 are set in a closed state by thebiasing force of a coil spring. A dispensing head may be attached to the ferrule 91 and the attachment member 2. The attachment member 2 and dispensing head can be joined easily by a connecting m
Double Ribbed Secure Container - Patent 8127961
Food is often placed in a transparent plastic container that includes a base with a large volume cavity that holds the food and with a lid that closes the cavity. Buyers want to be assured that, after the food was placed in the container as bya clerk at the food store, that the container has not been opened. There is a possibility that another customer has secretly opened the container to taste a bit of the food before closing it (and possibly leaving germs). Potential customers want to beassured that this has not happened. Most lids have a periphery that is constant throughout the entire 360.degree. periphery of the lid, and with the entire lid lying on top of a portion of the base, rather than inside the base. A container that could be easily closed by a clerkat a store after he/she loaded food into the base cavity, which automatically latched the lid closed so it required a customer to tear an exposed portion of the container to open the lid, and which formed a seal between the base and lid without the lidhaving to move down into the base cavity, would be of value.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a container is provided of the type that includes a sheet plastic base and lid which prevents the lid from opening the first time unless a barrier is broken, wherein the lid peripheryhas a simple outer lid rim part extending along almost its entire periphery and wherein the lid seals to the base without requiring the lid to be inserted into the base cavity. The base has a raised base outer rib extending along almost the entire baseperiphery and has a flat base seal wall inward of the base outer rib. The lid has a lid rim part with a radially (with respect to the container axis) outer rim part that lies flat against the flat base seal wall and with an outer edge that liessubstantially against the base outer rib. As a result, the base outer rib prevents a person from grasping the lid rim part to lift the lid. Ho
Collapsible Structure - Patent 8127956
The present invention relates generally to collapsible structures and specifically to a collapsible structure having an attached rigid handle frame member, pivotable handle member, and method of using such a structure for transportation ofitems, and subsequent storage of the container. Typically, the consumer transports goods such as grocery items by way of grocery baskets, carts, paper bags, or the like. While paper and plastic bags have been used for years, in today's increasingly "green" initiative-driven society, a pushtoward reusable and other sustainable products has created a need for alternative products. Further, regardless of the type of container supplied by a retailer for use while shopping, a consumer typically requires a take-home container in which totransport purchased goods to their designated location. The present invention provides facile transport and storage of such goods, while further providing an attractive, reusable, easy to store collapsible structure. For example, the present invention may be used to transport goods purchased in agrocery store, or may also be used to store and transport toys or other objects. The present invention includes a collapsible framework to provide a defined structure while expanded, with the collapsible capability further providing compact storage andsubsequent reuse. The present invention also includes a rigid, pivotable handle member. Numerous devices are known in the art to provide effective transportation and storage of goods and other items, including the aforementioned plastic and paper bags, conventional shopping baskets, or reusable shopping caddies. Further known areshopping totes which include a rigid handle affixed to a flexible receptacle. Many of these devices are voluminous in either their expanded or collapsed states, or both, are difficult to fold or collapse, or are difficult to manipulate between theirexpanded and collapsed states. For example, the latter devices may require repeated in
Closing Device For A Filler Neck Disposed On A Container - Patent 8127959
The invention relates to a closing device for a filler neck disposed on a container, in particular for a container situated on a rail or road vehicle and implemented for loading with powdered or granular bulk goods, which has at least one fillerneck, which is provided with a through opening and connected to the container interior, a pivot device, as well as a first closure element and a second closure element for external and internal closing or opening of the through opening. A container situated on a rail or road vehicle and able to be supplied to a storage container (silo) for loading powdered or granular bulk goods is known from the publication (WO 02/074581 A1), which has two filler necks, situated on the topside at a distance to one another and each connected via a through opening to the interior of the container, for example, which are each provided with a closing device situated thereon. The individual closing device comprises a cover hood, which ismounted on the exterior of the filler neck and is pivotable in relation thereto, and a closure element in the interior which is pivotable in relation to the through opening around the vertical axis of a pivot device. To load the individual container,firstly the cover hood (weather guard) situated on the filler neck is removed or pivoted off in relation to the filler neck and subsequently the internal closure element is manually pivoted using auxiliary aids around the vertical axis of the pivotdevice. Subsequently, a charging head connected to a silo container is inserted into the through opening of the filler neck and/or into the interior of the container and removed again after the loading. In the known container, the problem exists thatthe cover hood and the closure element are each to be actuated manually before the loading and after the loading of the container even in the event of extreme external conditions (winter operation), so that relatively costly safety devices are to beprovided on the container f
Suspended Receptacle For At Least One Piece Of Dough And Set Consisting Of A Plurality Of Suspended Receptacles Of This Type - Patent 8127957
1. Field of the Invention The invention relates to a suspended receptacle for at least one piece of dough and to a set consisting of a plurality of suspended receptacles of this type. 2. Background Art Suspended receptacles for at least one piece of dough, comprising a base having two lateral retaining pins with which the base can be connected, so as to pivot about a pivot axis, to a conveyer element conveying a plurality of suspendedreceptacles of this type, comprising a dough support element having a support for the piece of dough, have become known through prior public use. For various uses of the suspended receptacles, these supports consist of different materials. Thesuspended receptacles are complex to clean and expensive to replace.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is therefore an object of the present invention to develop a suspended receptacle of the type mentioned at the outset such that cleaning thereof is simplified and also to reduce the operating costs of a dough processing system using a largenumber of suspended receptacles of this type. According to the invention, this object is achieved by a suspended receptacle comprising a base having two lateral retaining pins with which the base can be connected, so as to pivot about a pivot axis, to a conveyor element conveying aplurality of suspended receptacles of this type, comprising a dough support element having a support for the piece of dough, wherein the dough support element is configured as an exchangeable insert which is detachably connected to the base. The invention recognised that if the dough support element is provided on the suspended receptacle in an exchangeable manner, not only can the support be optimally adapted to the respective intended use of the suspended receptacle, but rather itis at the same time also possible to clean the dough support element independently of the base. This increases the utility of the suspended receptacle considerably. The locking connection of the dough support
Collapsible Storage Device - Patent 8146773
REFERENCE REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT Not applicable.SEQUENTIAL LISTING Not applicable.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Technical Field The present invention is directed toward a device for storing objects, and more particularly, a collapsible storage device. 2. Background Art It is sometimes desirable to have a storage device that is convertible between an expanded position and a collapsed position. In the expanded position, the storage device is capable of retaining objects within an interior space. In thecollapsed position, the storage device has less or even no storage capability, but is more convenient to store, because it takes up less space. A collapsible metal box container has a bottom, four sides, and a lid. The bottom and four sides are connected to each other with pin and knuckle hinges. The lid is connected to one of the sides with pin and knuckle hinges. Each of the bottomand two opposing sides is divided into a pair of opposing triangular segments that are connected to each other with pin and knuckle hinges. The box can be folded or unfolded between an expanded box shape and a substantially flat or planar collapsedshape. A collapsible pasteboard box has a rectangular side wall extending upwardly from each of four peripheral edges of a square bottom wall. Each side wall is articulably connected to each adjacent side wall along one of four linear vertical hingesand is connected to the bottom wall along one of four horizontal hinges. A diagonal hinge in the bottom wall extends from one corner to an opposite corner. A diagonal hinge in each of two opposing side walls extends from a lower corner of the side wallalong the bottom wall to an end point along the upper edge of the side wall displaced from an upper corner. The box folds along the hinges between a flat collapsed position and a cubic or rectangular prismatic expanded position. The box has the samefootprint outline in both the collapsed position and the expanded
Enhanced Secure Container - Patent 8146766
CROSS-REFERENCE Applicant claims priority from U.S. patent applications Ser. No. 12/075,549 filed Mar. 12, 2008 and Ser. No. 11/879,168 filed Jul. 16, 2007.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Food is often placed in a transparent plastic container that includes a base with a large volume cavity that holds the food, and with a lid that closes the cavity. Food is commonly loaded into the cavity by a clerk at a food store, who thencloses the container. Customers want assurance that another customer has not secretly opened the container to taste a bit of food (while leaving germs behind) before reclosing it. A container that could be easily closed by a food store clerk and whichrequired a customer who opened the container to tear a part of the container so that part was removed or dangled from the rest of the container, and which left a jagged separation line along a tear line, would be valuable. Since plastic food containersare sold at low costs such as ten cents per container, any such container must be of simple and low cost design.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a container is provided that includes a base and lid and that is preferably formed of at least one deformed transparent plastic sheet, which makes it evident that the container has been openedafter a store clerk loaded it with food and closed it. The base and lid have latched-together portions that cannot be separated until the base and lid are separated at an initial-opening region of the container. The latched-together portions extendaround a majority (over 180.degree. about the container axis) of the container, while the initial-opening region extends about a minority (less than 180.degree.) of the container. At the initial opening region the lid forms a lid lift portion, such as in the form of a radially-outward projecting lid tab, and the base forms a blocker on a tear-away part of the base. The blocker blocks access to the tab (or other lid liftportion)
Tamper-resistant Container And Methods - Patent 8146769
COPYRIGHT A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material which is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or the patent disclosure, as itappears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent files or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to the field of containers adapted to selectively restrict access thereto, and specifically in one exemplary aspect to animal-proof containers for supplies and other materials including, inter alia, food. 2. Description of Related Technology Under many circumstances, it is desirable to store supplies and materials in a container such that access to the supplies or materials is selectively controlled. This is true of a broad variety of materials including chemicals, pharmaceuticals,and notably supplies taken on outdoor excursions. One particularly difficult application of such "selective access" technology relates to the storage of food and supplies during hiking and camping excursions into wilderness areas where animals arepresent. Many of these animals, including most notably members of the ursa species (commonly referred to as bears), are amazingly adept at gaining access to such storage containers. Instances of bears ripping apart containers and even automobiles toget at food stored within are now commonplace. The bear is particularly adept at leveraging its great strength, weight, sharp teeth and claws to gain access to literally any type of container. Bears are often excellent climbers as well, therebyaffording them substantial mobility in all three dimensions. While not only destructive and costly, such surreptitious access by bears is also detrimental to the bear population, since (i) the bears can become dependent on the ill-gotten food provided by humans, thereby reducing their ability and tend
Grab Bar For A Waste Container - Patent 8146774
The present invention relates to waste containers, and more particularly to waste containers including grab bars. Wheeled waste carts and other waste containers are well known and are commonly used in residential areas. The bags of waste that a resident accumulates throughout a given week are typically stored in a waste cart. On a scheduled day, theresident will wheel the cart containing the waste bags down to the curb for pickup by a waste truck so that the contents of the waste cart can be dumped into the truck. The dumping may occur manually or using machinery on the truck that is adapted toautomatically lift the waste cart, turn the cart over and dump its contents into the truck. On some trucks, the machinery includes arms that grasp and squeeze the sides of the cart. On other trucks, the machinery includes a hook or gripper thatinterfits with a handle or grab bar on the cart. The grab bar is typically formed from metal, fiberglass or plastic. The bar extends through openings in the sides of a pocket formed in the sidewall of cart. To prevent the ends of the bar from sliding back through either of the openings, thebar is typically long enough so that the ends of the bar reach or nearly reach the inner surfaces of the sides of the cart. However, when the arms on the truck machinery grasp the sides of the cart, the arms may squeeze the cart so tightly that the endsof the bar are forced through the sides of the cart, thus creating undesirable punctures in the sides of the cart. Alternatively, and especially with shorter bars, retainer pins or/or clips can be used to secure the grab bars within the cart. The pins and clips can be secured to the bar after the ends of the bar have been inserted through the openings inthe cart. Because the clips and pins prevent the ends of the bar from sliding back through the openings, the bar can be shorter, and consequently the ends of the bar are less likely to puncture the sides of the cart when the cart is squeezed.
Adjustable Closure For A Container - Patent 8146770
The invention is generally directed to a closure for a container. More specifically, the invention is directed to a closure system that is kinematically linked to a container so that the closure is moveable from a closed position to an openposition.BACKGROUND Containers are often covered by some sort of closure or lid to prevent spillage of the contents therein. For example, beverage containers are typically fitted with lids to protect against splashing during transport of the beverage, as well asto mitigate spillage when the container is tipped. A conventional lid is usually screwed onto corresponding threads surrounding a container opening. While these lids are effective against spillage when a container is tipped, these lids also preventimmediate access to contents therein. In other words, a user must first unscrew the lid before being able to drink the beverage. Not only is having to unscrew a lid before each sip time consuming, it can also be dangerous for a user who is trying toenjoy a beverage while driving. Consequently, lids that allow immediate access to a beverage while protecting against splash and spillage have become increasing popular. Such a lid is typically sized slightly larger than a container opening so that the lid seals the openingvia a friction fit. The lid also includes a first opening for the beverage to flow through, as well a second, smaller vent opening to allow air to enter a container to prevent a vacuum from forming therein by replacing the space previously occupied by abeverage after the beverage flows out of the container. While these lids do allow a user to easily access a beverage within a container, these lids suffer from significant drawbacks. For example, since each of these lids includes two openings, a container is never completely sealed. As a result, abeverage will spill out of the container if the container is tipped or jarred. Further, in light of the friction fit, this type of lid often does not provide a prop
Tab With Emboss And Deboss Beads - Patent 8146768
S N/AFEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT N/ATECHNICAL FIELD The invention relates to beverage containers. More particularly, the invention relates to stay-on tabs having emboss and deboss strengthening beads carrying indicia formed on an increased area.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Typical end closures for beer and beverage containers have an opening panel and an attached leverage tab for pushing the opening panel into the container to open the end. The container is typically a drawn and ironed metal can, usuallyconstructed from a thin plate of aluminum or steel. End closures for such containers are also typically constructed from a cutedge of thin plate of aluminum, formed into a blank end, and manufactured into a finished end by a process often referred to asend conversion. These ends are formed in the process of first forming a cutedge of thin metal, forming a blank end from the cutedge, and converting the blank into an end closure which may be seamed onto a container. These types of container ends have been used for many years, with almost all such ends in use today being the "ecology" or "stay-on-tab" ("SOT") ends in which the tab remains attached to the end after a tear panel, including large-opening ends("LOE"), is opened. The tear panel being a portion of the can end defined by a score length. The tear panel may be opened, that is the score may be severed, and the tear panel displaced at an angular orientation relative to the remaining portion of thecan end. The tear panel remains hingeably connected to the remaining portion of the can end by a hinge segment, leaving an opening through which the user draws the contents of the container. In an LOE, the opening is at least 0.5 square inches in area. Opening of the tear panel is operated by the tab which is attached to the can end by a rivet. The tab is attached to the can end such that a nose of the tab extends over a proximal portion of the tear panel. A lift end of the tab is locatedopposite
Water Heater Threaded Weld Fitting Having Improved Weld Integrity - Patent 8146772
The present invention relates to a threaded weld fitting such as a spud or nipple for use in forming a water heater tank weldment and a method of welding the fitting to a wall of the tank.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Metallic tanks such as water heater tanks, include tank openings and threaded weld fittings supported at the tank openings. One type of threaded weld fitting is a threaded weld spud or a metal pipe nipple welded to the outside of the tank overa tank opening. Examples of threaded weld spuds are disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,158,200 to Vago et al. and U.S. Pat. No. 5,431,296 to Lewis, which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety. The threaded weld spud typically includes internal threads for receiving a threaded portion of a cold water supply line, a hot water supply line, or a sacrificial anode, for example. Welding the threaded weld spud onto a wall of the waterheater tank could potentially result in the expulsion of molten material onto the internal threads of the spud, consequently damaging the internal threads of the spud and complicating threaded engagement between the spud and its mating component (a watersupply line, for example). Undesirable expulsion of molten material onto the internal threads of the spud could potentially damage the welded spud, rendering it useless, necessitating costly and labor intensive rework or replacement of the threaded weld spud and/or theentire tank. For those reasons, improvements to threaded weld spuds and improved methods of welding threaded weld spuds to tank walls are continually sought by tank manufacturers in the interests of performance, manufacturability, cost and/or time.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In one exemplary aspect of the invention, a threaded weld fitting configured to be aligned with an opening defined in a tank wall and welded to the tank wall to form a water heater tank weldment is provided. The threaded weld fitting comprisesa body defining an aperture along a longitudinal a
Collapsible Storage Device - Patent 8146763
REFERENCE REGARDING FEDERALLYSPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT Not applicable.SEQUENTIAL LISTING Not applicable.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Technical Field The present invention is directed toward a device for storing objects, and more particularly a collapsible storage device. 2. Background Art It is sometimes desirable to have a storage device that is convertible between an expanded position and a collapsed position. In the expanded position, the storage device is capable of retaining objects within an interior space. In thecollapsed position, the storage device has less or even no storage capability but is more convenient to store because it takes up less space. A collapsible metal box container has a bottom, four sides, and a lid. The bottom and four sides are connected to each other with pin and knuckle hinges. The lid is connected to one of the sides with pin and knuckle hinges. Each of the bottomand two opposing sides is divided into a pair of opposing triangular segments that are connected to each other with pin and knuckle hinges. The box can be folded or unfolded between an expanded box shape and a substantially flat or planar collapsedshape. A collapsible pasteboard box has a rectangular side wall extending upwardly from each of four peripheral edges of a square bottom wall. Each side wall is articulably connected to each adjacent side wall along one of four linear vertical hingesand is connected to the bottom wall along one of four horizontal hinges. A diagonal hinge in the bottom wall extends from one corner to an opposite corner. A diagonal hinge in each of two opposing side walls extends from a lower corner of the side wallalong the bottom wall to an end point along the upper edge of the side wall displaced from an upper corner. The box folds along the hinges between a flat collapsed position and a cubic or rectangular prismatic expanded position. The box has the samefootprint outline in both the collapsed position and the expanded pos
Flexible Container Handling System - Patent 8146762
FIELD This invention relates generally to containers and more particularly, to a system for transporting, storing and handling containers.BACKGROUND It is known to store, ship and dispense liquids in collapsible and flexible impervious bags, bladders or containers made from plastic or other polymeric materials. Further, bags of liquids are used in a wide range of industrial and medicalapplications, including without limitation, containment of cell culture medium, reagents, wash solutions, water and pharmaceutical. Such bags of liquids range in size from fractions of a liter to a thousand liters in volume. In many applications, theliquids in the flexible bags are very expensive and any loss in storage, transportation or usage is costly. The flexible bags are used because they can reliably store liquids without contamination and are relatively inexpensive. However, a flexible bagof liquid, especially a larger one, is very unwieldy and difficult to physically handle and is subject to damage by the rigors of transportation. To protect a flexible bag of liquid during storage and transportation, it is placed inside a container that, depending on the application, is made of cardboard, plastic, stainless steel or other material. In many applications, the flexible bagsof liquid are placed in a shipping container and surrounded by packing material to protect the flexible bag during shipment. Prior to use, the flexible bag is removed from the shipping container and placed in another container, for example, a tote,tray, rack or cart. That container may be suitable for stacking, autoclaving and/or storage. In some applications, the flexible bag is placed in a third, different container that supports the flexible bag while liquid is being dispensed from the bag. The use of multiple containers to transport, store and dispense the liquid is costly, labor intensive and subjects the flexible bag to damage as it is moved from one container to another. It is also known to use
Container Delivery System - Patent 8146771
Field of the Invention The present invention relates generally to a container system and more particularly to a modular stackable, collapsible container system utilizing a plurality of containers of varying sizes that are capable of being advantageously interlockedand stacked when assembled. The container system is further capable of being disassembled and stacked in a compact arrangement for "empty" return trip shipping.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is a container delivery system that provides a modular container assembly that can be used to enclose and ship a nearly endless variety of items therein. The container system is capable of being used in a variety ofshipping modes including but not limited to sea, air and rail. Furthermore, the container system may be manufactured in a variety of sizes to provide compatibility with various shipping standards. For example, the present invention may be configured tobe compatible with all U.S. Military delivery platforms such as ISO containers, LHS flat-racks, MTV and LMTV trucks and trailers, HMMMWV's, naval vessels, aircraft pallet systems etc. The invention employs a collapsible extruded polypropylene wallelement that employs cross-fluting for strength, as will be discussed further herein below. The wall element comprises a single continuous piece that collapses flat for storage and empty return shipping. The instant invention further comprises a pair of opposed trays that are interchangeable as top and bottom trays and that accept the edge of a wall element around the perimeter of each tray to form a container. The trays are shaped to permitnesting of a plurality of trays when the container system is unassembled, thus permitting efficient empty return shipping. Furthermore, a tray arranged to be a top tray of a first container interlocks with a bottom tray of a second container when thecontainers are stacked. This feature of the invention permits for a stable container stack which does not easi
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