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Publication numberUS20090014463 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/827,852
Publication dateJan 15, 2009
Filing dateJul 13, 2007
Priority dateJul 13, 2007
Also published asWO2009012080A1
Publication number11827852, 827852, US 2009/0014463 A1, US 2009/014463 A1, US 20090014463 A1, US 20090014463A1, US 2009014463 A1, US 2009014463A1, US-A1-20090014463, US-A1-2009014463, US2009/0014463A1, US2009/014463A1, US20090014463 A1, US20090014463A1, US2009014463 A1, US2009014463A1
InventorsBrian J. Brozell, Brandon M. Yntema
Original AssigneeOwens-Illinois Closure Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispensing package and fitment
US 20090014463 A1
Abstract
A dispensing package includes a container having a cylindrical neck finish with an open end and at least one internal bead spaced from the open end. A dispensing fitment has a conical inner portion and an outer portion with spaced external beads received by snap fit over the internal bead so that the dispensing fitment is spaced from the open end of the neck finish. The dispensing fitment preferably has an annular V-shaped cross section opening toward the open end of the neck finish, with an outer leg forming the outer portion of the fitment and an inner leg forming the inner portion of the fitment.
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Claims(12)
1. A dispensing package that includes:
a container having a cylindrical neck finish with an open end and at least one internal bead spaced from said open end, and
a dispensing fitment having a conical inner portion and an outer portion with spaced external beads received by snap fit over said internal bead, said dispensing fitment being spaced from said open end within said neck finish.
2. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said dispensing fitment has an annular V-shaped cross section opening toward said open end, with an outer leg comprising said outer portion and an inner leg comprising said inner portion.
3. The package set forth in claim 2 wherein said outer portion includes a cylindrical portion adjacent to said open end on which said external beads are disposed, and a conical portion extending from said cylindrical portion and connected to said inner portion forming said V-shaped cross section.
4. The package set forth in claim 2 including a flat seal liner secured to said open end of said neck finish and spaced from said fitment.
5. The package set forth in claim 4 wherein said inner portion is shorter than said outer portion.
6. The package set forth in claim 5 wherein said inner portion has a free end surrounding and defining a dispensing opening.
7. The package set forth in claim 4 including a closure removably mounted on said neck finish over said seal liner.
8. The package set forth in claim 7 including a liner disk within said closure.
9. A dispensing fitment that includes a one-piece plastic body having an annular V-shaped cross section with a conical inner portion and an outer portion with spaced external beads.
10. The dispensing fitment set forth in claim 9 wherein said outer portion includes a cylindrical portion on which said spaced external beads are disposed, and a conical portion extending from said cylindrical portion and connected to said inner portion.
11. The dispensing fitment set forth in claim 10 wherein said inner portion is shorter than said outer portion.
12. The dispensing fitment set forth in claim 9 wherein said inner portion has a free end surrounding and defining a dispensing opening.
Description

The present disclosure relates to a package and to a fitment for dispensing pelletized products such as pills and tablets from a container.

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

The present disclosure embodies a number of aspects that can be implemented separately from or in combination with each other.

A dispensing package in accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure includes a container having a cylindrical neck finish with an open end and at least one internal bead spaced from the open end. A dispensing fitment has a conical inner portion and an outer portion with spaced external beads received by snap fit over the internal bead, with the dispensing fitment being spaced from the open end of the neck finish. The dispensing fitment preferably has an annular V-shaped cross section opening toward the open end of the neck finish, with an outer leg forming the outer portion of the fitment and an inner leg forming the inner portion of the fitment.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The disclosure, together with additional objects, features, advantages and aspects thereof, will best be understood from the following description, the appended claims and the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a package in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view of the package illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the dispensing fitment in the package of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken substantially along the line 4-4 in FIG. 3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate a package 10 in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure as including a closure 12 applied to the neck finish 14 of a container 16. Neck finish 14 preferably is cylindrical, and preferably has one or more external features, such as external thread segments or beads 18, for securing closure 12 to the neck finish. Container 16 can be of any suitable geometry and construction, with the plastic construction and geometry illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 being exemplary only. Neck finish 14 has an end surface 20 and an internal bead 22 spaced from end surface 20. Internal bead 22 preferably is continuous but can be discontinuous.

A dispensing fitment 24 (FIGS. 2-4) is secured to bead 22 within neck finish 14. Dispensing fitment 24 preferably is of one-piece plastic annular V-shaped construction having a conical inner portion 26 and an outer portion 28 with spaced external beads 30,32 received by snap fit over internal neck finish bead 22. Outer portion 28 preferably has a cylindrical end portion 34 on which external beads 30,32 are disposed and a conical portion 36 that connects with inner portion 26. Inner portion 26 preferably has a cylindrical free end 38 that is disposed beneath the level of the free end of outer portion 28 as shown in FIGS. 2 and 4. Bead 30 preferably is continuous so as to form a continuous annular end surface on fitment 24 as best seen in FIG. 3. Bead 32 can be continuous or discontinuous. Free end 38 surrounds and forms a dispensing opening 44.

Fitment 24 is assembled to container neck finish 14 by inserting the fitment into the neck finish, preferably after the container has been filled with product. The angled geometry of fitment portion 36 facilitates this insertion operation. External beads 30,32 on fitment 24 cooperate with internal bead 22 on neck finish 14 affirmatively to lock the fitment within the neck finish. After fitment 24 has been positioned within neck finish 14, a foil seal 40 can be induction or conduction welded to end surface 20 of neck finish 14. Closure 12 is applied to neck finish 14. It will be noted in FIG. 2 that fitment 24 preferably is positioned well beneath neck finish end surface 20 so that foil seal 40 is not welded to the fitment. Furthermore, this spacing allows a user to pierce foil seal 40 with a finger or tool, for example, and tear the foil seal from the neck finish without obstruction by fitment 24. A liner disk 42 preferably is included in closure 12 for sealing engagement with neck finish end surface 20 after foil seal 40 has been removed. The conical or funnel-shaped geometry of fitment inner portion 26 facilitates dispensing of product from within the container without hang-up or jamming at fitment center dispensing opening 44.

Package 10 preferably is child-resistant. The illustrated exemplary embodiment is a squeeze-and-turn child-resistant package. Other child-resistant constructions can be employed.

A dispensing package and fitment have been disclosed in conjunction with an exemplary embodiment, and modifications and variations have been discussed. Other modifications and variations readily will suggest themselves to persons of ordinary skill in the art. The disclosure is intended to embrace all such modifications and variations as fall within the spirit and broad scope of the appended claims.

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US7780008 *May 21, 2007Aug 24, 2010Airsec S.A.S.Sealed assembly for storage and distribution with discharge control for solid pharmaceutical products
US8611824 *Dec 28, 2009Dec 17, 2013Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki KaishaVehicle, communication system for vehicle, and communication controlling method for vehicle
US20110147252 *Jun 4, 2009Jun 23, 2011Schering CorporationPackages and inserts useful for dispensing medicines
US20120295547 *Dec 28, 2009Nov 22, 2012Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki KaishaVehicle, communication system for vehicle, and communication controlling method for vehicle
WO2014036944A1 *Sep 4, 2013Mar 13, 2014Shanghai Horen Science & Technology Co., Ltd.Disposable tamper-evident lock catch
Classifications
U.S. Classification221/288, 221/306, 206/540
International ClassificationB65D51/00, B65D88/56, B65D83/04
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2251/0015, B65D83/0481, B65D2251/0093, B65D51/20
European ClassificationB65D51/20, B65D83/04D
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jul 7, 2008ASAssignment
Owner name: REXAM CLOSURE SYSTEMS INC., OHIO
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNOR:OWENS-ILLINOIS CLOSURE INC.;REEL/FRAME:021200/0879
Effective date: 20070801
Jul 13, 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: OWENS-ILLINOIS CLOSURE INC., OHIO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:BROZELL, BRIAN J.;YNTEMA, BRANDON M.;REEL/FRAME:019631/0465
Effective date: 20070709