EP1512119A1 - Counter for counting metered doses of liquid, pasty, or solid products and device for the metered dispensing of such products - Google Patents

Counter for counting metered doses of liquid, pasty, or solid products and device for the metered dispensing of such products

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EP1512119A1
EP1512119A1 EP20020758231 EP02758231A EP1512119A1 EP 1512119 A1 EP1512119 A1 EP 1512119A1 EP 20020758231 EP20020758231 EP 20020758231 EP 02758231 A EP02758231 A EP 02758231A EP 1512119 A1 EP1512119 A1 EP 1512119A1
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counter
counting ring
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switching element
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Thomas Eckert
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Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
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Steag Mikcroparts GmbH
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    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06MCOUNTING MECHANISMS; COUNTING OF OBJECTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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    • G06M1/04Design features of general application for driving the stage of lowest order
    • G06M1/041Design features of general application for driving the stage of lowest order for drum-type indicating means

Abstract

Disclosed is a counter comprising at least one counting ring, a switching device, and an actuator which is movable in the direction of the longitudinal axis thereof. Said switching device comprises a guiding element (11) and a switching element (12) which is movable in an axial and azimuthal direction relative to the stationary guiding element. The guiding element is provided with at least one curved surface (26), by means of which at least one projecting part (27) that is disposed on the switching element is directed. A switching cam (28) which is arranged on the switching element meshes with the toothing of the counting ring. The switching device converts the linear movement of the actuator into a rotational movement of the counting ring. The counting ring that is secured by ratchets rotates by one angular increment each time the actuator is actuated. The encapsulated counter is suitable for different storage containers from which a product is dispensed portion by portion and can be configured as a daily quantity counter or as a total quantity counter, for example. The components of the counter are inserted into each other and are held together by means of catch elements.

Description

Counter for counting metered charges of liquid, paste or solid products and means Ziirn metered delivery of such products

The invention relates to a counter for counting metered charges of liquid, paste or solid products such as medicines or the like, from a storage vessel. The counter comprises at least one counting ring, a switching device and a substantially linearly movable in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the counter actuating means. The invention aims to provide such a counter to special requirements with regard to

adjust function and reliability.

Such counters are used for example in devices from which tablets or small quantities of a liquid, for example as drops or as a spray in portions be dispensed from a storage vessel basis. They are used in case of a tablet dispenser for example, to detect the respective to be taken by a user per day amount of tablets safely. For this purpose, each of the actuating mechanism of the dispenser, leading to the dispensing of a tablet or liquid dose, counted and displayed by means of one or two days based counter rings. The user can therefore see exactly how he has already taken on a day many tablets or liquid doses and whether more are still to be found.

Moreover, such counters can also be used to display the total amount of discharged tablets, liquid doses, drops or the like, it can be recognized that, like many subsets have been taken from an existing total. Accordingly, conversely, the counter can be used to display from the storage vessel can still be drawn subsets.

The same acquisition opportunities in the case of an aerosol dispenser. Again, depending on the version of the counting the number of displays in a day or the total number of subsets taken or the number of out of the storage vessel can still be drawn subsets.

In addition to counting of samples taken subsets of a medicament such a counter can also be used for counting the dispensed from a storage vessel subsets of any other liquid, paste or solid products.

Known counters are very complicated from a plurality of individual elements. Thus, counters are known, for example, around a Winkelinkrementbei a single actuation comprising a toggle mechanism for moving a counter ring, which consists of a plurality of complex shape and of mutually cooperating parts. In addition, counters are known that several units cooperating disc and comprise various means for transmitting the rotation of a disk unit to the other. Any of the known counters is quite complex, reducing the chance of malfunction entails. However, a malfunction of the counting mechanism can cause serious damages, in particular if the counter is used to count extracted subsets of a medicament. A counter of the generic type is known from DE 298 14 647 Ul. For indexing a counter ring, a shift finger is provided, which is designed as a movably mounted toggle lever, and which engages in the indexing teeth on the counting ring. The structure is complicated and prone to error.

It should also be mentioned as prior art GB 1317315 wherein a counter with only a coaxially arranged counter ring is described, where a substantially linearly and in

is assigned to the direction of the longitudinal axis of the counter movable actuating means. For switching a switching element is provided which cooperates with a guide element. On the periphery of the guide member angle levers are pivoted, which are pressed upon actuation of the actuating means and pivoted about the axis, whereby the switching element is moved by an angular increment.

In DE 33 02 160 Al an actuable metering device is provided with a counting device comprising a counter ring mounted on a base part, which is switching means of a further switched with cooperating correspondingly bevelled ribs each operating stroke to a step.

The invention has for its object to provide a counter with a functionally reliable switching and counting mechanism that is automatically activated during the removal of a subset of a total amount contained in a storage vessel and advanced.

This object according to the invention is achieved by a counter for counting metered charges of liquid, paste or solid products from a supply container, wherein the counter

Is • comprises at least one counting ring which is coaxially reasonable assigns to the longitudinal axis of the counter and is rotatably mounted, and with a switching device for rotating the counting ring on actuation of an actuating means is provided which is movable linearly in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the counter essentially , Upon actuation of the actuating means a dose of the product is dispensed from the storage vessel. The counter is characterized by the following features:

• the switching device comprises a guide element and a switching element, which are arranged coaxially to the longitudinal axis both, wherein said switching element relative to the guide element being axially and azimuthally movable.

• the switching element comprises a projection which is guided during actuation of the actuation means along a provided on the guide member cam surface such that a placed on the switching element provided switching cam in engagement with a recess provided on the at least one counting ring cam receiver and then a rotary movement is initiated by the at least one counting ring is rotated increment an angle.

In another embodiment the counter comprises a first and a second counting ring. Both counter rings are arranged coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the counter; they are mounted relative to each other and rotatably coupled to one another. This counter is provided with a coupling device with which the first counting ring is coupled to the second counting ring for moving both common counter rings.

In this mechanism, the stationary guide member has a cam surface is provided at least as a guide surface for a provided on the switching element, sliding along the cam surface projection. Is an actuating means comprising a dispensing device comprising the inventive counting mechanism is operated, the switching element is in this case moved coaxially with the projection on the guide surface is present. The

Guide surface is carried out so that on the one hand engages on a switching element provided in a switching cam provided on the first counting ring Nockenaufhahme. On the other hand a rotary movement is initiated by means of the selected waveform in a further movement of the actuating means and the switching element. By the rotational movement of the switching element will - due to the cam engagement - the first

Counting ring is rotated by an angular increment which the length of the path of movement of the actuating means and therefore on the stroke of the switching element. In order for a forcibly occurring mechanism is realized which detects the actuation of the mechanism for dispensing a dose of product from the storage vessel mandatory. The cam surface is preferably mounted at the front edge of a recess in the wall of the substantially annular guide element, wherein the projection engages in the recess. The shape of the cam surface movement of the switching element can be achieved according to the invention, which is an axial movement at the beginning, followed by a combined axial and azimuthal movement and at the end of the stroke movement is preferably an axial movement. This has the advantage that the

Employing rotational movement, with the actuating of the actuating means is detected only after an axial movement and by a sufficiently large pressing in of the actuating means. Thus does not lead any resulting for example from slight carelessness operating the actuating means to a count. By appropriately varying the waveform of an arbitrary sequence of movements can be realized. The introduction of

Rotation can be changed as necessary by appropriate slope of the cam surface. For example, a relatively low rotation relative to the hub of the switching element can be achieved at the beginning of the introduced rotational movement, and only later the strong rotational movement may employ correspondingly changed by curve shape that leads to the counting of the stroke of the switching element.

The guide element according to the invention may be substantially annular and the switching element may be substantially hollow cylinder. The switching element may be arranged inside the guide element. For safety reasons and for further improvement of the functionally reliable system, it has proved to be expedient if two preferably opposing projections on the switching element and two preferably opposing cam surfaces on the guide element are provided. In this embodiment, the switching element is guided at two points, thereby tilting is made more difficult for a pressure-induced stress of the switching element. Even when only one projection and a cam surface, the tilting of the switching element is prevented when the switching element is guided in the interior of the annular guide member.

It is particularly advantageous when the switching element against a restoring force is movable. The switching element is returned by the restoring force to its original position once the caused by operating the actuator pressure disappears. The restoring force can be preferably generated by a spring. Characterized the switching element is pressed back after the disappearance of the operating pressure. In such a case it is expedient if a further cam surface is present, to which the switching element with the (respective) tab is pressed and is guided along the cam surface back into the starting position. In this case, a second restricted guidance is provided using a cam surface. It is particularly effective if the the return force generating spring is a coil spring which is supported on the switching element with its one end on a base plate and with its other end. Then, during the rotation and displacement that is enforced by the cam surface of the switching element, the coil spring is twisted and compressed. The switching element is pushed while turning back to the original position once the pressure on the actuator has disappeared and the trip cam no longer engages in the cam receiving.

The trip cam is expediently formed as an extension of the projection. The teeth of the first counting ring cooperates with the switch cam. The teeth of the first counting ring has on the side facing the switching cam side an inclined surface.

When the switching element upon actuation of the actuating means is moved axially and the switching cam is immersed in the toothing of the trip cam initially abuts on the inclined surface. Upon further axial movement of the control cam, the first rotational movement is initiated. Subsequently, this rotational movement is continued in accordance with the shape of the cam surface.

The switching element is securely guided in the annular and also hollow cylindrical guide member. For this purpose, a plurality of guide portions are preferably provided in which the switching element is present and on which it slides along. Thus, particularly in the case of using the counter, together with an aerosol container, the air is surely sucked, it is expedient if at least a portion is present, in which the switching element is at a distance from the guide member. Thereby can be realized an air channel.

In targeted manipulation or accidentally counting ring can turn back, making the counting result is falsified. To prevent such an error, according to the invention can be at least two latches on the guide element. Depending on a pawl interacts with a toothing of the first and the second counting ring together such that a rotation of the counting ring is locked in the direction opposite to the direction of counting direction. The formed as spring arms pawls have respective inclined surfaces, on the one tooth flank of the toothing engages and lifts the pawl with a tooth rotation which then locked behind the tooth. It is advantageous if in each case two arranged mutually offset pawls are provided, which engage at different angles of rotation during rotation of the respective counting ring in the teeth. By means of this nameable as primary and secondary ratchet pawls can be detected in a product dispenser that is already takes place when the actuating means has not been completely depressed. In this case, the first locking pawl engages an already when the rotation is carried out, for example, only 90% of the total rotation. With a rotation of for example 90% of the total rotation, the subset may be already given, although the entire stroke of the switching element has not yet passed through. If now the operating means released, so the count is registered on the one hand, on the other hand the counter ring is locked by the engaging pawl earlier.

Upon full Pressing the actuator both latches engage. This results in a manipulation of the counter is prevented because both pawls must be disengaged for a tamper conditional backward rotation of a counter ring, which is almost impossible if the counter and thus the pawls are encapsulated in a housing.

According to a development of the invention, guide surfaces for the first and the second counting ring and at least two locking elements may be provided on the guide element. One of these latching elements engages behind a detent portion of the second counting ring. The other catch element engages behind a latching portion of the base plate bearing the first counting ring on the opposite side of the guide member. Thus forming the counting rings, the

Guide element, the switching element, the spring element and the base plate a manageable unit. The centerpiece of the counter comprises only these six elements. They are all held together by means of two locking elements, which engage in corresponding locking portions of the end parts, namely the second counting ring and the base plate. All six elements of the counter form practically an impossible manageable unit. This unit can be used for example in an elbow, which is placed on an aerosol container.

T he coupling device may comprise an existing on a base plate and a first protrusion existing on the first counting ring latch with a second projection according to the invention at least. The first projection engages with the second protrusion together with corresponding rotational position of the first counting ring, in which the latching pawl is raised and engages in a toothing provided on the second counting ring. By appropriate positioning of the first projection on the base plate of the first counting ring can be coupled with the second counting ring and continue to rotate the second counting ring by an angular increment to any number of actuations. For example, with a daily quantity of the projection on the base plate may be arranged so that a total of three single doses per day can be taken from the supply container, and are coupled to the counting rings when removing the third dose and rotated together. The first counting ring shows the number of the respective single doses of the second counting ring is, for example, the day of the week or day of the month on. The second counting ring is then placed on the next day, the first counting ring for example, shows again a "1" so that the user knows that he has taken no dose on the following day, but all the prescribed doses were taken for the present day. By appropriate number of teeth on the second counting ring and appropriate positioning of the optionally plurality of projections on the base plate it is possible to adjust so that any number of daily doses and coupling times.

Furthermore, the guide member, a stopper may be provided on which an existing on the second counting ring projection abuts as soon as the second counting ring has reached its end position. In a Restmengenzählwerk the resting against the projection stop that the second counting ring on which, for example, the numbers 31, 29, 28, .... 3, 2, 1 have been applied, is further rotated despite actuating said actuation means prevents, when the last dose taken has been. If no locking means is provided here, the second counting ring 1 is rotated further back on the number 31, which irritates the user. In order to prevent corresponding even when the first counter ring, the second counting ring, a cover portion for area-wise covering the first counter ring may be present, which is rotated during movement of the second counting ring in its end position in a viewing position. This cover is then rotated in a window when the last dose was taken and show the two counting rings "000". The second counting ring can not be rotated due to the lockout, but unlike the first counting ring, leaping upon further pressing back to "9". Thus, it is not visible "9", the first counter ring is covered by the cover portion in some regions. Upon further pressing the establishment of Abdeckabschnit remains immovable in the window. The remaining amount can be withdrawn from the storage vessel without a count display is visible.

The counting rings, the guide element and the switching element may be housed in a substantially hollow cylindrical housing having a window portion at least by which the attached to the outer surface of the counting rings marks are visible. The counter rings are preferably made of plastic and can be marked by laser inscription. For better visibility of the markings in the window portion, an optical magnifying element in the form of a magnifying glass can be located. The housing is preferably made of plastic. If a transparent plastic material is used, the magnifying optical element may be integrally formed on the housing.

At a daily quantity, for example, the number of daily doses and respective means of the second counting ring of the respective day of the week or day of the month can be indicated by means of the first counting ring. In order to provide the counter rings to the desired starting position, the housing may have openings, can be engaged in each case a toothing on the first or on the second counting ring for adjusting purposes by the. The user may set in accordance with using a small tool or the like, the counter rings. In this case, each counting ring may be associated with in each case two arranged on the periphery of the housing at a distance from each other perforations that allow handling by right and left handed.

In order to connect the housing fixed with its "inside", may be provided at least one end face of the housing latch elements for engaging behind a latching portion of the base plate. an actuating means against the overlying shoulder may be provided on the opposite end face of the housing. The switching element bears directly against the axially displaceable upon actuation of actuation means and is directly coupled in its movement to the actuating means.

The actuating means may be a button, which is fixedly coupled as a part of the counter. On the key, an actuating tappet is mounted for example in a dispenser for tablets or the like on its side facing the counter side. The actuating plunger acts through the counter through a built-in mechanism for storage vessel

Dispensing tablets together. The storage vessel may be either fixed to the counter or the storage vessel may be detachably connected to the counter.

In a dispenser for tablets or the like, a lid may be formed on or fastened to the base plate covering the storage vessel. At a donor for a

Aerosol may be formed a spray nozzle at the base or fixed.

It has proven expedient to provide a locking mechanism which prevents accidental or unauthorized actuation of the device. This locking mechanism, which requires, for example, for operating the actuating means rotate a first comparison of the actuating means, in particular serves as a child safety.

In addition to the inventive counter, the invention relates to a device for the metered dispensing liquid, paste or solid products, particularly medicaments. This device comprises a storage vessel containing the product to be dispensed, and a counting mechanism according to the invention of the type described above.

The meter can be mounted releasably on the supply container and the supply container can be replaced or refilled. This is practical especially in tablet dispensers and other devices for the controlled discharge of liquid or pasty products. In an aerosol dispenser, a detachable been translated according to the invention counter can be reused several times. Finally, according to a further development of the invention, a counter according to the invention in an - optionally angled - mouthpiece to be detachably or non-detachably integrated. Into the mouthpiece, a Vorrratsbehälter, for example, an aerosol can be releasably inserted. In the mouthpiece, for example, a spray nozzle may be firmly integrated, and the counter together with the aerosol bottle can be releasably inserted into the mouthpiece. The

Mouthpiece can be re-used and the aerosol bottle can be replaced after being emptied. The counter itself may optionally also be reused.

The inventive counter has the following advantages:

• It has a functionally reliable mechanism for guiding the switching element. The counter is generally functionally reliable due to the positive guidance by the cam surface.

• By varying the shape of the curve surface of the guide member almost any movement of the switching element can be achieved.

• By securing each counting ring by means of two detent pawls and the encapsulation of the counter in a housing, the turning back of a counting ring and thus the manipulation of the counter can be prevented.

• The entire counter is inexpensive to manufacture because of the small number of its elements and easy to install.

• It can be kept very small.

• It can be used in almost all commercially available devices for dispensing metered portions of a storage vessel without significant change.

• It can be used with all donors, in which the number of dose subsets to be displayed reliably emitted in a given period of time.

• The use of the counter is not limited to donors be given from which metered portions of a drug.

• The usual storage vessel can be discharged from which metered portions need to cooperate with the counter not to be changed.

Further features and details of the invention will become apparent from the following embodiments and from the drawings. They show:

Fig. 1 is a view of a dispensing device with a novel counter in a first embodiment, Fig. 2 is an exploded view of the dispenser of FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is a view of a dispensing device with a novel counter in a second embodiment, Figure 4 is an exploded view of the dispenser of Fig. 3,

5 is a perspective view of a guide member 6 is a perspective view of a switching element, 7 is a perspective view of a spring,

FIGS. 8 and 9 are perspective views of the upper and lower sides of the first counting ring, Figure 10 is a perspective view of the second counting ring,

11 is a perspective view of the base plate, Fig. 12 and 13 show two perspective views of the housing, and FIGS. 14 and 15 are perspective views of a spray nozzle.

Fig. 1 shows an inventive device (1) for the metered dispensing of a

Product, for example by a respective single tablet. The device consists of a counting mechanism according to the invention (2), which is mounted on a storage vessel (3). The storage vessel (3) is connected immovably to the base plate (14) of the counter (2). When using the device according to Figure 2 an actuating means in the form of a button (4) is pressing into it in the housing of the counter, whereby properties under storage vessel

Mechanism is actuated via a tablet from the storage vessel (3) is output. By means of the counter, this tablet dispensing is detected, and in a window opening (5) in the housing (6) of the register indicated by the visible in the window numbers (7). In this exemplary embodiment, a daily quantity counter shows the number of votes in one day from the storage vessel tablets. The number "01" indicates the day of the current

Month, even here the first of the month, the number "4" indicates that the fourth tablet was taken that day.

In FIG. 2 is an exploded view of all elements of the device (1) of FIG. 1 is shown. The device (1) comprises an actuating means in the form of a button (4), is attached to the end, an actuating plunger (8) which cooperates with a storage vessel in (3) built-in mechanism for dispensing pills. The key (4) is integrated in the housing (6) and held captive.

The counter (2) comprises a first counting ring (9) and a second counting ring (10) indicating the information on the dispensed from the storage vessel subsets. The daily quantity points to the first counting ring (9) to the number of samples taken in one day subsets, the second counting ring (10) are on the respective day of the month. The two counter rings (9) and (10) are made of plastic and labeled at their outer sides with the corresponding numerical sequences. The second counting ring (10) carrying the sequences of numbers "01, 02, 03, ...., 29, 30, 31", the first counting ring (9) bears depending on the product specification, the numbers "0, 1, 2, ... . x ", depending on which day dose was prescribed to the user" x "can for example be" 12 ".

Each press of the button (4), with which a tablet is dispensed, the first counting ring (9) is moved by an angular increment, whereby the next following number in the window (5) is visible. With the removal of the last daily dose both counter rings (9) and (10) are coupled together via a coupling mechanism and a common

Angular increment turned further. The first counting ring indicates in this example, "0", the second counting ring indicates "02" indicates so, no tablet was taken from the second day of the month at the moment.

The counter comprises a guide element (11) is annular and hollow cylinder, and in which a switching element (12) is arranged axially displaceably and rotatably in azimuth. A spring (13), here a coil spring, is mounted with its one end to the switching element (12) and with its other end to a base plate (14). This spring provides a restoring force against which the switching element is moved.

This switching element which lies with its in Fig. 2 the right end edge on the opposite bottom surface of the key (4), the first counting ring (9) is rotated. At the

Pressing the key, the switching element (12) in the stationary guide element (11) is axially displaced until intervene on the switching element (12) existing switching cam in a cam receiving in the form of a toothing of the first counting ring (9). Thereby, a rotational movement of the switching element is initiated and the first counting ring (9) is rotated by an angular increment. During the movement of the switching element (12), the spring is

(13) tensioned by releasing the button is pressed, the spring (13) relaxes and results in the switching element (12) back into the starting position.

A lid (15) for covering of the reservoir (3) is fixed to the base plate (14). Optionally, the base plate with the cover (15) may be integral. 3 shows another inventive embodiment of a device (16) for

Dispensing aerosol cans. This means (16) comprises - see Fig. 4 - an inventive counter (17) corresponding to the counter (2), and that is mounted on a storage vessel (18). The storage vessel (18) is movably connected to the counter (17). When using the device according to Figure 4, an actuating means is in the form of push in the container (18) into the housing of the counter, whereby properties under storage vessel mechanism is actuated via an aerosol dose from the storage vessel (18) is discharged. The aerosol container (18) is connected via the Sprühhülse (70) having a spray nozzle (19) in the assembled state. The Sprühhülse (70) performs the counting therethrough. The aerosol exits the spray nozzle (19). The spray nozzle (19) is connected immovably to the base plate of the counter (17).

The counter (17) works the same as the counting device (2). However, the counting device (17) shown in Fig. 3 is a Restmengenzählwerk indicating how many aerosol cans from the storage vessel will be issued (18) yet. This is for a user who needs the aerosol for medical reasons, important to know so that he can make time for replacement of the reservoir (18). In Fig. 3 in which

Window (5) the number "131" visible, the storage vessel can therefore deliver even 131 subsets. Example, if one starts from a total number of 300 subsets that can deliver the storage vessel, the second counting ring bears the numbers "30, 29, 28, .... 02, 01, 00", the first counting ring bears the numbers "0, 1,2, ..., 8, 9 ". This number sequence may be applied several times on the periphery of the first counting ring.

Since the operation of the counter (17) corresponds to the operation of the counter (2) and both registers comprise essentially identically designed elements, the elements of the counter (2) are described below. Unless differences from the embodiment of the counter (17) are made, they are explicitly specified. The central element of the counter (2) the guide element (11). The guide member (11) is annular and hollow cylinder. It has on its inside guide portions (20) on which the switching element shown in Figure 6 with its outside

(21) abuts and is guided. The guide member provided at (11) postage indicia

(22) serve as Nachsaugkanäle for air in the case of using the counter with an aerosol container.

The wall (23) of the guide element (11) comprises two mutually opposite recesses (24), wherein an edge (25) of the recess is formed as a cam surface (26) with respect to the in dispensing a dose of the moving switching element (12) of the fixed guide member (11) inevitably leads. At the switching element (12) has two outwardly directed projections (27) are provided, which pass through the recesses (26) from inside to outside. If the switching element (12) by pressure on the button (4) axially displaced, the projections (27) slide on the cam surfaces (26) along. has the cam surface (26) three distinct portions (26a), (26b) and (26c). In the section (26a) running parallel to the longitudinal axis of the meter, in principle, the switching element (12) executes a purely axial motion in moving. When the projections (27) in the sections (26b) of the running cam surfaces, is introduced simultaneously with progressive axial displacement of the switching element (12) causes rotation of the switching element (12) about its longitudinal axis. This rotation relative to the hub of the switching element (12) depends on the shape of the cam surface and can be adjusted almost at will. In section (26c) of the rotary movement is terminated as far as possible, the portion (26c) can be in the

Substantially only an axial movement of the switching element, which collects the residual stroke.

During the axial movement of the shift member (12) in the region (26a) are attached to the projections (27) integrally formed control cam (28) inserted in a respective cam seat (30) on the first counting ring (9). The cam receiver is designed as internal toothing (29). Due to this coupling of the switching element (12) with the counting ring (9), the

transmitting rotational movement of the switching element on the counter ring (9). The Stim edges of the individual teeth of the toothing (29) are provided with inclined surfaces (31). When inserting the control cam (28) first meets an oblique surface (31), said counter ring (9) is slightly rotates; thereafter controlled by the cam surface rotational movement begins. At the end of the rotational movement, ie when the key (4) largely depressed, and the tablet has been dispensed, the counter ring (9) is further rotated by an angular increment and the next-following number is visible in the window.

The switching element (12) is moved against the force of the coil spring (13). The coil spring (13) - see Fig. 7 - has a retaining pin at each end (32). a holding pin is in a pin receptacle (33) on the switching element (12) fixed, the other

Pin (32) is held in a pin housing (34) of the base plate (14). The base plate (14) itself is fixed. When moving the switching element (12), the coil spring (13) is compressed and additionally twisted from the beginning of the cam-controlled rotary motion; characterized acting restoring forces are generated in two directions. When the button (4) relieved after terminating the dose delivery, the coil spring (13) relaxes. The onset due to the axial compression relaxation shifts the switching element (12) in the axial direction, the torsion relaxation rotates the switching element at the same time the cam-controlled rotary movement back into the starting position. the return movement by the cam surface (35) in the end wall of the recess (24) is supported. On the guide element (11) are guide surfaces (36) and (37) are present. On the

Guide surface (36) of the first counting ring on its inner undercut (38). On the guide surface (37) of the second counting ring rests with its guide surface (39). The counter rings and the guide surfaces are formed so or arranged so that the circumferential portion (40) of the first counting ring (9), on whose outer surface the label is applied, the slightly undercut portion (41) of the second counting ring (10) engages, so that which are provided with the respective labels outer surfaces (42) connect the first counting ring and (43) of the second counting ring is substantially flush with one another. a cover portion (44) is provided on the second counting ring (10) which serves to cover the label on the first counting ring (9) when the total dose quantity has been completely removed at a Restmengenzählwerk.

In the above, as the first counting ring during operation of the respective operating means is rotated by an angular described. However, it is further required, also continue to rotate at certain points in time or after a certain number of output subsets the second counting ring by an angular increment. The purpose suitable mechanism for coupling the first counting ring to the second

Counter ring includes a provided on the first counting ring detent (45) which is movable in the manner of a spring arm. The latch (45) has a first projection (46) and a detent (47). The first projection (46) extending in the direction to the base plate (14). a further projection (48) at a certain position in the example shown, available - is on the base plate (14) - see Fig. 11. When the first counting ring (9) appropriate

A rotary position, the projection (48) at the next following rotation of the first counting ring with the projection (46) cooperates. The projection (46) runs with its inclined surface (49) on the further projection (48), said latch (45) is raised. In this lifting the locking nose (47) engages in the end toothing (50) of the second counting ring (10). Also, the teeth (50) has inclined surfaces (51). Is the first

Counting ring (9) is further rotated, is simultaneously due to the movement coupling the second counting ring (10) is further rotated by an angular increment. As soon as the projection (46) over the projection (48) is moved, it moves behind it back into its original position, whereby the coupling is achieved between the two counting rings. For each subsequent movement of the first counting ring of the second counting ring is not moved. At the

Periphery of the base plate (14), several projections (48) may be present when the second counting ring to be moved in a plurality of rotational positions of the first counting ring.

Thus, the counter rings (9) and (10) remain in their respective positions, are most

Guide element (11) federarmartige pawl pairs (52) and (53) are present. The two pawls (52) cooperate with the internal toothing (29), the two pawls

(53) cooperate with the spur gear toothing (51). Via latching noses (54) and (55) engage the ratchet couples (52) and (53) in the respective tooth and thus lock the respective counting ring in its position. In both pairs of pawl (52) or (53) engages a pawl of the pawl pair (52) earlier than the other pawl of the pawl pair (52). The same applies to the pair of pawls (53). In this way operation of the operating means, which has led to dispense a tablet or the like, is already counted even when the stroke of the switching element has not been run through completely, since the first leading pawl has spread, but not the second pawl yet. Now, if the stroke is terminated and the actuator is relieved, the count is maintained, although only one pawl has taken.

Fig. 5 shows furthermore a stop (55) on the guide element (11) on which a on the second counting ring (10) existing projection (55a) strikes when the second counting ring has reached its final rotational position and the second Zähring the number "00" appears in the window. This limitation of the end position of the second counting ring is only required if a residual or Gesamtmengenzählwerk. At a daily quantity of either the stopper (55) or the projection is missing (55a).

Furthermore, a plurality of latching elements (56) are provided on the guide element (11), by means of which latches the guide element (11) on the base plate (14); the base plate has a corresponding annular space (57) delimiting the edge shoulder (58). When locking a difficult detachable unit from the guide element and base plate forms.

At the opposite side of the guide element (11) are more latching elements (59) present behind the shoulder (61) engage. The shoulder (61) limiting the annular opening (60) of the second counting ring (10). The locking of the guide element (11) on the base plate and to the second counting ring (10) leads to a hard detachable preassembled unit comprising the elements of second counting ring guide element, switching element,

comprises spring, the first counter ring, the base plate.

As shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the first counting ring (9) has an encircling approximately 270 degrees external toothing (62). The second counting ring (10) - see Fig. 10 - a further toothing (63) on the end edge which faces the end edge with the end toothing (50) counter. By means of the toothing (62) and (63) the initial position of the respective

be set counting ring, which is particularly necessary in Tagesmengenzählwerken.

At the beginning of withdrawal, the number "1" is to be set on the second counting ring of the respective day and optionally on the first counting ring. FIGS. 12 and 13 show the housing (6) in detail. This housing (6) - see Figures 1 and 3 -. The counter almost completely encapsulates, has next to the window opening (5) further openings (64) through which - see Figures 1 and 3 -. The teeth (62) and (63) are within and tangible means of a tool. In this way the counting rings can be adjusted to the desired starting position.

The housing (6) has at its one end edge a plurality of latching elements (65), by means of which the housing is locked to the base plate (14), wherein the latching elements (65) engage around the base plate. On the opposite end face of an undercut shoulder (66) is present, at which the button (4) with the provided there shoulder (67) is counter-supported. Overall, this gives a totally enclosed counter whose elements are practically inseparably connected with each other. The meter can easily to a storage vessel - be placed - eg a tablet containers.

When using the counter with an aerosol container - see Figures 14 and 15 -. Is present a disc-shaped body (68) having a receptacle (69) for the Sprühhülse (70) of the aerosol container (18). Thereof laterally outgoing the nozzle (71) is mounted, from which the aerosol is ejected. The nozzle (71) projects into a peripheral recess (72) of the housing. The aerosol is out of the housing in the region of the edge recess

(72) ejected,

All elements of the counter are preferably made of plastic. The key elements are the guide element and the switching element, which is preferably made of a high-quality plastic such. B. polyoxymethylene are made. The meter can be installed easily, since it is a simple plug-in system. Only the spring is preferably made of metal, but it can also be used a Kunststόfffeder.

In the window opening of the housing a magnifying glass may be present. This magnifying glass may be used as a separate element in the housing when the housing is, for example, of an opaque plastic. The magnifying glass may be manufactured integrally with the housing when the housing is made of a transparent plastic such. As polymethyl methycrylat there.

The counter can also be used in conjunction with an angle piece for an inhaler. In this case, the spray nozzle can be integrated in the elbow and only the aerosol container together with the snapped onto the aerosol container counter can be used in the elbow.

Claims

Claims counter for counting metered charges of liquid, paste or solid products from a supply container, wherein the counter
comprises at least one counting ring which is coaxial to the longitudinal axis of the counting mechanism is disposed and is rotatably mounted, and
• is provided with a switching device for rotating the counting ring on actuation of an actuating means, which is substantially linear and in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the counter movable, and a dose of product is dispensed from the supply container upon actuation of the actuating means, characterized in that
• the switching device comprises a guide element (11) and a switching element (12) which are arranged coaxially to the longitudinal axis both, wherein said switching element (12) relative to the guide element (11) is axially and azimuthally movable, and
• the switching element (12) has a projection (27) which is guided on actuation of the actuating means (4) along a on the guide element (11) provided cam surface (26) such that the switching element (12) provided switching cam (28 placed) into engagement with a recess provided on the at least one counting ring (9) cam receiving (30) and then a rotary movement is initiated by the at least one counting ring (9) is rotated by an angular increment.
Counter for counting metered charges of liquid, paste or solid products from a storage vessel according to claim 1, wherein the counter
• comprises a first counting ring and a second counting ring which are arranged coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the counter and is rotatably mounted relative to one another and are coupled to one another, and
• is provided with a switching device for rotating the first counting ring on actuation of an actuating means, which is substantially linear and in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the counter movable, and a dose of product is dispensed from the supply container upon actuation of the actuating means, and • with a coupling device is provided for coupling the first counting ring to the second counting ring for moving both common counter rings, characterized in that
• the switching device comprises a guide element (11) and a switching element (12) which are arranged to the longitudinal axis, both coaxial, wherein the switching element (12) relative to the guide element (11) axially and azimuthally movable, and the switching element (12) a projection (27) which is upon actuation of the actuating means (4) along a on the guide element (11) provided cam surface (26) guided so that a at the switching element (12) provided switching cam (28) in engagement with a (at the first counting ring brought 9) provided for receiving cam (30) and then a rotary movement is initiated by the first counting ring (9) is rotated by an angular increment.
Meter according to claim 1 or 2 characterized by
• the cam surface (26) of the wall of the substantially annular guide element (11) is at the front edge (25) of a recess (24) is provided, into which the projection
(27) engages.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized, in that
• the cam surface (26) shaped so that the switching element (12) at the beginning of the movement to move axially, then combined axial and azimuthal moves, and at the
End of the lifting movement preferably moves axially.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• the guide element (11) which is substantially annular, and • the switching element (12) which is substantially hollow-cylindrical, and the inside of the guide member (11) is arranged.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• two preferably opposing projections (27) on the switching element (12) and
• two preferably opposing cam surfaces (26) on the guide element (11).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that • the switching element (12) is movable against a restoring force.
Meter according to claim 7, characterized by
• a spring (13) which generates the restoring force and which is tensioned during the rotary movement, and feeds back the switching element (12) with simultaneous return rotation in the starting position as soon as the switching cam (28) is not more micrograph in the cam (30 ) engages.
Meter according to claim 8, characterized by
• is supported with its other end on the switching element (12), the coil spring (13), • with its one end to a base plate (14) and.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• the switching cam (28) which is formed on the projection (27).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• has a toothing (29) of the first counting ring (9) which cooperates with the switching cam (28), and an inclined surface (31) on the side facing the switching cam.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized, in that
• on the guide element (11) one or more guide portions (20) are present, at which the switching element (12), said at least one clearance (22) is provided, in which the switching element (12) has a distance to the guide element (11) ,
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized, in that
• on the guide element (11) at least two pawls (52, 53) are provided, of which co-operates one each with teeth of the first and the second counting ring (9, 10) and prevents rotation of counting rings in the direction opposite to the direction of counting direction.
Meter according to claim 13, characterized by
• in each case two arranged mutually offset pawls (52, 53), which engage at different angles of rotation during rotation of the respective counting ring (9, 10) in the splines.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• guide surfaces (36, 37) for the first and the second counting ring (9, 10) which are provided on the guide element (11), and • at least two latching elements (56, 59), of which a locking portion of the second counting ring (10 ) and the other engages behind a latching portion of the base plate (14), wherein the base plate (14) to the first counting ring (9) on the (the guide member 11) side opposite leads, so that
forming a manageable unit, the counter rings (9, 10), the guide element (11), the switching element (12), the spring element (13) and the base plate (14).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• the coupling device provided for at least one of the base plate (14) the first protrusion (48) and at least one on the first counting ring (9) provided for locking pawl (45) having a second projection (46), wherein the first projection (48) with the second projection (46) cooperates with a corresponding rotational position of the first counting ring (9), that the latching pawl (45) is raised and engages in a provided on the second counting ring (10) teeth (50).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized, in that
• a stop (55) is provided on the guide element (11), on to which a second counting ring (10) provided protrusion (55a) abuts on reaching a final rotational position of the second counting ring.
Meter according to claim 17, characterized, in that
• on the second counting ring (10) a cover portion (44) is provided, which is rotated in a visible position when moving into the final rotational position of the second counting ring (10), and which covers a region of the first counting ring (9).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• a substantially hollow-cylindrical housing (6) having at least a window portion (5), through which the marks are visible which are attached to the outer surfaces of the counting rings (9) and (10).
Meter according to claim 19, characterized by
• an optical magnifying element that is mounted in the window portion (5).
Meter according to claim 19 or 20, characterized, in that
• on the housing (6) has at least two openings (64) are provided through which in each case one toothing (62, 63) on the first or on the second counting ring (9, 10) can be engaged to actuator purposes.
Meter according to claim 21, characterized by
in each case two arranged on the periphery of the housing at a distance from each other, openings (64) which are zugeordent each counting ring (9, 10).
Counter of one of claims 19 to 22, characterized by
• latching elements (65) which engage behind at least one end side of the housing (6) has a latching portion of the base plate (14).
Meter according to claim 23, characterized by
• a shoulder (66) at the opposite end of the housing (6), the actuating means (4) against superimposed.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized, in that
• the switching element (12) on which bears directly upon actuation axially displaceable operating means.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by • the actuating means as a key (4) is formed, which is a fixed component of the counter, or
• the actuating means is designed as a storage vessel (18) which is coupled to the counter.
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• molded or on the base plate (14) fixed to cover (15) covering the storage vessel (3), or
• a to the base plate (14) integrally formed or fixed spray nozzle (19).
Meter according to any of the preceding claims, characterized by
• a securing mechanism which prevents accidental or unauthorized actuation of the actuating means.
Means for the controlled discharge of liquid, paste or solid products comprising • the supply container (3, 18) containing the product to be dispensed, and • the counter (2, 17) according to any one of claims 1 to 28th
Device according to claim 29, characterized by
• the counter (2, 17) on the supply container (3, 18) is detachably mountable, or • the integrated non-detachably to the storage vessel.
Device according to claim 29 or 30, characterized by
• the supply container (3, 18), which is designed as an aerosol bottle or a pot-like container.
Device according to claim 31, characterized by
• an - optionally angled - mouthpiece in which the counter (2, 17) is detachably or non-detachably integrated and into which the aerosol bottle can be releasably inserted.
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