WO1994011298A1 - Adapter for dispensing a liquid from a container - Google Patents

Adapter for dispensing a liquid from a container Download PDF

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WO1994011298A1
WO1994011298A1 PCT/NL1992/000202 NL9200202W WO9411298A1 WO 1994011298 A1 WO1994011298 A1 WO 1994011298A1 NL 9200202 W NL9200202 W NL 9200202W WO 9411298 A1 WO9411298 A1 WO 9411298A1
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means
guiding
container
nozzle
housing
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PCT/NL1992/000202
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French (fr)
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Robert Den Hartoog
Hugo Van Der Zwan
Jørgen PURUP
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Henkel Hygiëne B.V.
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B67OPENING, CLOSING OR CLEANING BOTTLES, JARS OR SIMILAR CONTAINERS; LIQUID HANDLING
    • B67DDISPENSING, DELIVERING OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B67D7/00Apparatus or devices for transferring liquids from bulk storage containers or reservoirs into vehicles or into portable containers, e.g. for retail sale purposes
    • B67D7/02Apparatus or devices for transferring liquids from bulk storage containers or reservoirs into vehicles or into portable containers, e.g. for retail sale purposes for transferring liquids other than fuel or lubricants
    • B67D7/0277Apparatus or devices for transferring liquids from bulk storage containers or reservoirs into vehicles or into portable containers, e.g. for retail sale purposes for transferring liquids other than fuel or lubricants using negative pressure
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B67OPENING, CLOSING OR CLEANING BOTTLES, JARS OR SIMILAR CONTAINERS; LIQUID HANDLING
    • B67DDISPENSING, DELIVERING OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B67D7/00Apparatus or devices for transferring liquids from bulk storage containers or reservoirs into vehicles or into portable containers, e.g. for retail sale purposes
    • B67D7/02Apparatus or devices for transferring liquids from bulk storage containers or reservoirs into vehicles or into portable containers, e.g. for retail sale purposes for transferring liquids other than fuel or lubricants
    • B67D7/0288Container connection means

Abstract

The adapter (1) comprising nozzle means (4) fixedly connected to guiding means (8), and biassing means (11) acting on both the nozzle means and the guiding means to force the guiding means on a guiding track (19) comprising at least one raised and/or lowered part (20) such that the nozzle means is raised or lowered under the action of the biassing means during movement of the guiding means with respect to the guiding track. The device (1) further comprising means for receiving a container (15) comprising the guiding track (20) at an outer wall, the receiving means having spaced parallel lateral edges (14) for engagement with spaced parallel lateral edges (21) at the container to constrain the container for movements perpendicular to the plane of the guiding track.

Description

ADAPTER FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID FROM A CONTAINER

The present invention relates to a nozzle assembly device, and a container to be used therewith. More specifically, but not restricted, the invention is concerned with automatically connecting a nozzle assem¬ bly of a supply or drain to the feed or exhaust aperture of a container.

According to the present invention, the device comprises nozzle means fixedly connected to guiding means, and biassing means acting on both the nozzle means and the guiding means to force the guiding means on a guiding track comprising at least one raised and/or lowered part such that the nozzle means is raised or lowered under the action of the bias¬ sing means during movement of the guiding means with respect to the gui¬ ding track. During movement of the guiding means along the guiding track, the level of the guiding means and consequently the nozzle means changes during passage of the raised or lowered parts in the guiding track. Therefore a perpendicular movement of the nozzle means with respect to the guiding track is provided, such that the nozzle means becomes automa¬ tically extendable and retractable for respective engagement and disenga¬ gement. Since the nozzle means is extended only when it is registered with a corresponding nozzle means, e.g. the aperture of a container, it can be protected from wear or damage during movement of the guiding means with respect to the guiding track. Also, both nozzle means to be connec¬ ted can be mutually inserted, such that a reliable sealing can be provi¬ ded. Preferably the device comprises means for receiving a container that is provided with the guiding track at an outer wall. For reliable cooperation between the guiding means and the guiding track, it is neces¬ sary that during insertion of the container within the device, only move¬ ments parallel to the lengthwise direction of the guiding track are allo- wed for. Preferably insertion of the container is done by hand.

The means for receiving a container within the device according to the invention preferably has a girder type frame, as explained more in detail in the drawings. A specially adapted container has flanges exten¬ ding from the lid containing the aperture to be connected with the nozzle means. The flanges are spaced and inclined such that they grab around the side walls of the girder frame. Modification of the spacing of the flan¬ ges and the side walls allow for codification, such that only one type of container fits into the device. Such feature gives fool proof prevention if the containers and devices are meant for handling only one material, while similar containers and devices are applied at the same site. Fur¬ ther, the flanges at the lid of the container can form an integral part of spaced parallel ribs creating the guiding track. Then the guiding means are positioned subsstantially further outward with respect to the connection of the inclined side walls of the girder frame, such that they can bear on the guiding track of the container. The application of a grider type frame as receiving means further allows for inexpensive, reliable and easy operating constructive features of both the device and the container. The invention provides for a complete mechanical control of the nozzle means with respect to the extension and retraction, such that a solid, reliable, cheap, compact and effective device results, which is easy to handle and to maintain, and which is immediately operable. Fur¬ thermore, the ease of design allows for rapid modifications. The invention is now explained more in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings of a non-limiting example. In the drawings is:

Fig. 1 a schematic perspective view of the device with imaginary reproduction of the upper part of an inserted container;

Fig. 2 a side view of two positions of the guiding rollers on the guiding track; and

Fig. 3 a sectional view of fig. 1 taken along line III-III, with the container in full reproduction, partly left out.

Referring to fig. 1 and 3. the device 1 according to the present invention has a fixed cylindrical housing 2, containing an adapter 3 with a nozzle 4 and a hose 5 connected thereto, in fluid communication with the nozzle 4 and leading to a distant fluid pump (not shown) via a slot 6 within the housing wall. The nozzle 4 is chamfered to be sealingly con¬ nected to the aperture of the container, as explained later. The free end of the nozzle 4 has a rubber ring 10. Two ax stubs 7 extend coaxially from either side of the adapter 4 towards guiding rollers 8 on both sides of the housing 2, passing through slots 9- Above the adapter 3 a compres¬ sion spring 11 extends between the top of the housing 2 and the adapter 3. biassing the adapter 3 and the guiding rollers 8 downwards as viewed in the drawings. The base of the housing 2 is provided with an aperture 12, allowing extension of the nozzle 4 of the adapter 3- Further, a girder or U-type frame 13 turned upside down is mounted at the base of the housing 2. The aperture 12 extends through this frame 13 as well. The frame 13 has two spaced parallel outwardly downwardly inclined side walls 14. The guiding rollers 8 are positioned substantialy further outward w.r.t. the connec¬ tion of these side walls 14 to the frame 13.

The lid 18 of the container 1 contains a central aperture 16, sur¬ rounded by a circumferential rim 17. On top of the lid 18 two spaced parallel ribs 19 are present, each having a notch 20 at the level of the central aperture 16 in lengthwise direction. The facing sides 21 of the ribs 19 are inclined inward from the lid 18, such that they grab around the side walls of the frame 13 to constrain the container 1 in all di¬ rections but parallel to the ribs 19. The spacing and inclination corres- ponds to the side walls 14 of the frame 13-

The container 15 is inserted in the device 1 such that each guiding roller 8 snaps in the corresponding notch 20 under the action of the springs 11. In this position, the nozzle 4 extends through the aperture 12 and is inserted in the circumferential rim 17 of the lid 18. The cham- fered part of the nozzle 4 sealingly engages a chamfered contra part of the rim 17. In this situation, the nozzle 4 is in proper fluid communica¬ tion with the central aperture 16 in the lid 18 and any leaking is pre¬ vented by the sleeve 10 and the rim 17. With the pipe 23 within the con¬ tainer 15 extending from the aperture 16 towards the bottom, such as dis- cussed in the copending Dutch application 92 01754 of applicant, now the container can be emptied e.g. by connecting the tube 5 to a vacuum sour¬ ce. The nozzle 4 could have a ball type one-way valve to seal the nozzle 4 if no vacuum is present. Of course, it should also be possible to fill a container 15 via the adapter 3 in the situation shown, if the tube 5 was connected to a feeding pump and the one way valve acts in the opposi¬ te direction, if present.

From fig. 2, it is easy to understand how the device functions. Starting at fig. 2a, when the container 1 is pulled out the device 1 by hand in the direction of the arrow A (fig. 1), first the guiding rollers 8 leave the notches 20, and are forced to raise by the ribs 19t resulting in fig. 2b. Consequently, the adapter 3 is raised, such that the nozzle 4 is retracted and becomes disengaged from the aperture 16, as is schemati¬ cally shown in fig. 3 with dashed lines. Since the notches are substanti¬ ally V-shaped, the container 15 has only moved over a small distance in the direction of the arrow A to retract and disengage the nozzle 4. Now, the container 15 can be moved further without interference of the nozzle 4. When the container is almost fully removed, the guiding rollers 8 move downward along the beveled ends (not shown) of the ribs 19 towards their lowest positions. The downward stroke of the guiding rollers 8 and conse- quently the nozzle 4 is restricted by the lower edge of the slots 9- If a container 1 is to be inserted into the device 1, the above operation is inverted.

Of course, the example shown can be modified. For instance the frame 13 can be replaced by a U or girder type frame engaging the bottom of the container 1. Also the rollers 8 can be replaced by fixed guiding shoes. The shape of the nozzle 4 can be cylindrical and surrouded by a sleeve 10 of easy deformable material, such as rubber, for sealing purpo¬ ses if inserted in the rim 17. Important is that the invention provides means for automatically extending and retracting nozzle means with respect to a body to be con¬ nected or disconnected with, such that the control of the nozzle means is operated by the movement of the body.

Furthermore, the frame 13 assures, that only containers with the specially adapted lid can be inserted into the device 1. Also lids with a different spacing of the ribs 19 can not be inserted in the device 1.

Claims

Claims
1. Nozzle assembly device (1) comprising nozzle means (4) fixedly connected to guiding means (8), and biassing means (11) acting on both the nozzle means and the guiding means to force the guiding means on a guiding track (19) comprising at least one raised and/or lowered part (20) such that the nozzle means is raised or lowered under the action of the biassing means during movement of the guiding means with respect to the guiding track.
2. Device according to claim 1, further comprising means for recei- ving a container (15) comprising the guiding track (20) at an outer wall, the receiving means having spaced parallel lateral edges for engagement with spaced parallel lateral edges at the container to constrain the con¬ tainer for movements perpendicular to the plane of the guiding track.
3- Device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the nozzle means is received within a fixed slotted housing (2) comprising said biassing means with the slot means oriented in the direction of action of the biassing means, and the guiding means is arranged at either side of said housing with connecting means (7) running through slot means (9) in the housing and connected to the nozzle and the guiding means, and tube means (5) running from the nozzle means to a distant pump means via a slot means (8) of the housing, the housing further having an opening (12) at its base allowing for the extension and retraction of the nozzle means.
4. Device according to any of the preceding claims, further compri¬ sing a substantially girder shaped frame (13) with inclined side walls (14) at the side opposite of the nozzle means to receive a container and the guiding means positioned substantially further outward with repsect to the connection of said side walls at the side of the frame facing the nozzle means, the container having spaced inclined parrallel flanges (21) at the lid on top of which the guiding track is running, which flanges match with the side walls of the frame if the container is connected to the device.
5. Container to be used with the device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the lid (18) containing the feed or exhaust opening (16) has spaced parallel ribs (19) having one or more notches (20) at corresponding levels in lengthwise direction.
6. Container according to claim 5. wherein the facing sides (21) of the ribs are inclined towards each other when viewed from the lid.
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US9388034B2 (en) 2011-09-16 2016-07-12 Solvay Sa Adapter assembly and a process for supplying a sterilant to a packaging system for cleaning and filling of packages
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US6246898B1 (en) 1995-03-28 2001-06-12 Sonometrics Corporation Method for carrying out a medical procedure using a three-dimensional tracking and imaging system
US9388034B2 (en) 2011-09-16 2016-07-12 Solvay Sa Adapter assembly and a process for supplying a sterilant to a packaging system for cleaning and filling of packages
US9511888B2 (en) 2011-11-10 2016-12-06 Solvay Sa Adapter assembly and a process for supplying a sterilant to a packaging system for cleaning and filling of packages

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