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Publication numberUS1273012 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 16, 1918
Filing dateJun 9, 1915
Priority dateJun 9, 1915
Publication numberUS 1273012 A, US 1273012A, US-A-1273012, US1273012 A, US1273012A
InventorsJohn G Souther
Original AssigneeJohn G Souther
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispensing device.
US 1273012 A
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Patented July 16, 1918.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 16, 1918.

Application filed June 9, 1915. Serial No. 33,162.

To all whom it may concern:

Be itknown that I, JOHN G. SOUTHER, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, have invented an Improvement in Dispensing Devices, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification, like characters on the drawings representing like parts.

This invention relates to dispensing devices and among other objects aims to provide a cheap and simple construction-whereby predetermined charges of granular or other material may be delivered from a supply of the material.

The character of the invention may be best understood by reference to the following description of an illustrative embodiment thereof shown in the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is a plan view of an illustrative dispensing can shown herein as embodying the invention;

Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 with the cover of the can removed;

Fig. 3 is a vertical section taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1, showing the can inverted;

Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. showing the can tilted to deliver a charge of material therefrom; and

Fig. 5is a section taken on line 55 of Fig. 2.

Referring to the drawing, the dispensing device is typified herein in the form of a can of tin or other ap ropriate material comprising a body 1 or containing 'a supply of the material to be discharged. Adjacent one end of the body of the can is the partition 3 seated against an internal bead 5 formed in the top of the can.

The top of the can is provided with a cover 7 having a flange 9 projecting therefrom having a friction fit against the outer wall of the can to secure the cover thereon.

The chamber formed between the partition 3 and the cover of the can is provided with means for measuring and delivering predetermined charges of material from the y can. To this end there is introduced into said chamber a U-shaped plate 11 having its top seated against the cover and formed to present flanges 13 which may be soldered or otherwise secured to the partition 3.

Adjacent one end of this plate is a wall 15 conveniently died and bent out from the top of the U-shaped plate. This wall in the end of the inclined wall 15 of the measuring chamber. This chamber may be of a predetermined size depending upon the quantity of the material which it is desired to deliver in each discharging operation. The port 19 and chamber should be relatively proportioned to deliver the material into the chamber substantially without spill ing any of the material over the edge of the inclined wall. The inclination of the wall tends to prevent such spilling and also serves to permit the flowing of the entire charge from the measuring chamber when the can is tilted to discharging position.

One important use of the device is for measuring coifee. In this use the measuring chamber preferably would have a volume sufficient to hold the appropriate quantity of coffee for one cup of coffee.

When the can is adjusted to its position shown in Fig. 3 the material will gravitate down through the port 19 into the measuring chamber 17, and will fill the same substantially as shown. Then the can is tilted in a clockwise direction from its position shown in Fig. 3fto its position shown in Fig. 4. This will permit the charge within the measuring chamber 17 to gravitate out from said chamber past the wall 15 to the opposite end of said U-shaped plate. At the latter end are registering apertures in the plate and cover forming a port 21 through which the material may be discharged. This port may be closed by a door 23 having a handle 25 and adapted to slide in guideways 27 secured to the top of the can. To facilitate the guiding of the material to the discharge port 21 a deflecting wall 29 may be died out of the partition 3 and bent toward the top of the U-shaped plate as shown in Fig. 3.

When it is desired to fill the can it is merely necessary to remove the cover 7 and partition 3, the removal of the latter being readily effected by grasping the U-shaped plate 11 which, in a sense, serves as a handle Ill? for this purpose. 'After the material has been introduced into the can, the partition and cover are replaced and the device is then in readiness for dispensing a charge of the material any time as desired. The discharging operation is extremely simple. It is merely necessary to impart to the can twotilting movements thereof, and as a result an appropriate charge of material will be delivered therefrom without further attention on the part of the operator. When no delivery is being made from the can, the door 23 should be closed to protect the material in the can.

I It will be apparent the device described is extremely cheap to manufacture since all of the parts thereof may be readily stamped out of tin or other sheet material and very readily bent to the desired form.

The device in its outward appearance is closely similar to the usual can for merchandising coffee and the same is converted into a measuring can with a minimum alteration thereof and a minimum addition of parts thereto, all of which contributes to the practicability and commercial usefulness of the device.

The charge is fed into the measuring chamber from the supply without the necessity of the use of any movable valves in the device as typified herein. On the contrary, all of the parts, with the exception of the door, are used in fixed relation to each other. This is an important feature since it eliminates any movable parts such as are likely to become clogged or likely to get out of order.

The can is so simple and cheap in construction that it may be thrown away like the usual can after its contents have been emptied therefrom, if desired.

While the device is intended more particularly for the use of dispensing coffee, it will be understood that it may be used for dispensin other material as desired.

Havmg described one illustrative embodiment of the invention, Without limitin the same thereto, what I claim as new an desire to secure by Letters Patent is z 1. A dispensing device comprising a container having a supply chamber and a removable top provided with a, discharge opening; sheet material forming a measuring chamber adjacent said top for segregating predetermined charges of material from said supply chamber and a passage connecting said measuring chamber with said dis charge opening; said top and said sheet material being removable from the body of said container to permit unobstructed replenishin thereof.

2. A cy indrical dispensing device having a removable cover constituting one entire end thereof, a circumferential inwardly dissaid cover, a partition removably supported by said bead, an aperture through said partition, a measuring chamber adjacent said aperture, a discharge opening in said cover, and a passage connecting sa1d measuring chamber and said discharge openparallel to said cover and connecting said measuring chamber with said discharge openin and a port connecting said measuring chamber w1th the main supply chamber of said can; the whole being organized to deliver a predetermined supply of material on bodily manipulation of said container, while permitting unimpeded replenishment thereof.

.sociated measuring devices for delivering predetermined charges to said discharge opening, said devices being removable on re-' moval of said to to permit unobstructed access to the interlor of said can.

6. A dispensing device comprising a container, a partition having a port therein and dividing said container into chambers, a substantially U-shaped plate secured to said partition forming an elongated passage, a wall extending partially across said'passage to provide a measuring chamber for receiving material through said port, and a cover for said container. v

7. A dispensing device comprising a container, a partition having a port therein and dividing said container into chambers, a substantially U-shaped platein one of said chambers and secured to said partition, a wall projecting from said plate providing a measuring chamber for receiving material through said port, a delivery port formed in said plate and cover, and a deflecting wall for guiding the material to said delivery port.

8. A dispensing device comprising a con tainer, a partition having a port therein dividing said container into chambers, a substantially U-shaped plate secured to said partition, a wall died out of and bent from said plate extending toward said partition to provide a measuring chamber, a cover for said container, registering apertures in said plate and .cover providing a delivery port, and a deflecting wall died out of and bent from said partition toward said cover to guide the material toward said delivery port. I

In testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification, in thepresence of two subscribing witnesses. 1 v

JOHN G. SOUTHER. Witnesses:-


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U.S. Classification222/456, 222/561
Cooperative ClassificationG01F11/261