|Publication number||US2887254 A|
|Publication date||May 19, 1959|
|Filing date||Sep 10, 1957|
|Priority date||Sep 10, 1957|
|Publication number||US 2887254 A, US 2887254A, US-A-2887254, US2887254 A, US2887254A|
|Original Assignee||Menderman Fred|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (14), Classifications (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
y 19, 1959 IF. MENDERMAN 2,887,254
MEASURING AND POURING DEVICE Filed Sept. '10, 1957 IN VEN TOR.
F9547 mz/vpemmv ATTORNEYS United States Patent MEASURING POURING DEVICE Fred Mendel-man, Miami, Fla.
Application September 10, 1957, Serial No. 683,073
3 Claims. c1. zz2 4s0 This invention relates to a measuring and pouring device which is adapted to be mounted on a container whereby a measured amount of the material in the container can be readily poured or dispensed.
The object of the invention is to provide a device which is adapted to be releasably connected to the neck of a container such as a container holding material which is to be dispensed such as foodstuffs, and wherein the device is constructed so that a predetermined quantity of the material can be dispensed as desired, and wherein when the material is being dispensed, the remaining material in the container is kept in an airtight area so that the bulk or major portion of the material will not deteriorate or be exposed to the air or other detrimental substances.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a measuring and pouring device which is in the nature of a closure that is adapted to be releasably or threadedly mounted on the threaded neck of a container holding any desired type of material to be dispensed, and wherein the device of the present invention includes a body portion which is of a size to receive a predetermined amount of material from the container, so that by tilting the container the body portion can be filled with the material to be dispensed, and then a manual movement is sufficient to close olf or seal off the container whereby the contents of the body portion can be readily dispensed or discharged without exposing the material in the container to air or the like whereby the material in the container will he kept in a more stable condition for longer periods of time and without deterioration.
A further object of the invention is to provide a measuring and pouring device which is extremely simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this application, and in which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout the same.
Figure 1 is a plan view showing the measuring and pouring device in open position.
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1, but showing the parts shifted and in closed position.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view taken through the upper disk and body member and showing the cover for the body member in open position.
Figure 5 is a sectional view taken on the line 55 of Figure 4.
Figure 6 is a vertical sectional view taken through the closure and showing the lower stationary plate as well as the collar which forms a retaining means for the rotary disk of Figure 4.
Referring in detail to the drawings, the numeral 10 indicates a container which is adapted to hold any desired type of material that is to be dispensed such as a suitable foodstufi, and the container 10 is of the type that includes a neck 11 which is threaded externally, Figwe 3. The present invention is directed to a measuring and pouring device which is indicated generally by the numeral 12, and the device 12 includes a closure 13. The closure 13 comprises an annular side wall 14 which is provided with a threaded portion as at 15 for threadedly engaging the threaded neck 11 of the container 10. Extending inwardly from the side wall 14adjacent the upper end thereof is a circular shoulder 16, Figure 6, and the major central inner portion of the shoulder 16 is open as at 17. The shoulder 16 provides a support for a circular stationary plate 18. The plate 18 is provided with a circular opening 19, and the opening 19 is offset from the center of the plate 18.
The measuring and pouring device 12 further includes a collar 9, which includes a circular wall portion 20 that surrounds the upper portion of the wall 14 and which is secured thereto in any suitable manner, as for example by means of a suitable adhesive. Extending inwardly from the upper edge of the wall portion 20 of the collar 19 is a circular flange 21, and the major central inner portion of the flange 21 is open as at 22.
The numeral 23 indicates a circular rotary disk which is rotatably mounted in the space between the flange 21 and the stationary plate 18. A pivot pin 24 serves to rotatably or pivotally connect the disk 23 to the plate 13, and the disk 23 is provided with a circular opening 25 which is offset from the center of the disk 23.
Extending upwardly from the disk 23 and secured thereto or formed integral therewith is a cylindrical body member 26, and lugs 27 are secured to the outer surface of the body member 26 as shown in Figure 4. The numeral 28 indicates a cover or lid which is mounted for movement into and out of opening and closing relation with respect to the upper end of the body member 26, and the cover 28 has lips or ears 29 extending therefrom, the ears 29 being pivotally connected to the lugs 27 through the medium of a pivot pin 30. A spring member 31 is mounted on the pin 30, and the spring member 31 serves to normally urge or bias the cover 28 into closing relation with respect to the upper open end of the body member 26. The numeral 32 indicates an edge portion of the cover 28 which can be readily gripped by a persons finger when the cover 28 is to be moved to the open position against the tension of the spring 31 as for example when the material in the body member 26 is to be dispensed.
From the foregoing, it is apparent that there has been provided a measuring and pouring device which is adapted to be used with a container such as the container 10. In use, the device is adapted to be arranged so that the closure 13 has its threaded portion 15 threadedly engaging the neck 11 of the container 10. With the parts arranged as shown in Figures 1 and 3, when a measured quantity of material from the container 10 is to be dispensed, the container 10 can be inverted so that the material from the container 10 will pass through the opening 19 in the plate 18, and then this material will pass through the aperture 25 in the disk 23 and this 1 material will enter and fill the body member 26. This material cannot flow out of the body member 26 due to the fact that the cover 28 is in closed position as shown in solid lines in Figure 3. After the body member 26 has been filled with the material from the container 10, the body member 26 and disk 23 are rotated from the position shown in Figures 1 and 3 to the position shown in Figure 2 whereby the aperture 25 will move out of registry with the opening 19 in the stationary plate 18, the disk 23 being rotatably connected to the stationary plate 18 through the medium of the pivot pin 24. Thus, after the aperture 25 moves away from the opening 19, the material in the body member 26 will be sealed ofi. Then, by opening the cover 28 as for example by engaging the finger at the point 32, the cover 28 can be moved from the solid line position shown in Figure 3 to the broken line position shown in Figure 3 whereby the material in the body member 26 can be readily dispensed into any desired area or container. As soon as pressure is released on the cover 28, the spring member 31 will urge or return the cover 28 back to closed position as indicated by solid lines in Figure 3. This cycle of operations can be repeated each time a measured or predetermined quantity of material from the container is to be dispensed. It is to be noted that the shoulder 16 and flange 21 provide a guideway therebetween for the stationary plate 18 and the rotary disk 23. The collar 9 which includes the flange 21, is adapted to be secured to the outer surface of the wall 14 in any suitable manner, as for example by means of a suitable adhesive.
The measuring and pouring device 12 can be readily removed from a container such as the container 14') so that it can be mounted on a plurality of diiferent containers as desired so that the device can be used over and over again, even after the contents of one con tainer have been emptied or dispensed.
Since the parts are in the position shown in Figure 2 when the material from the body member 26 is being dispensed, it will be seen that the opening 19 in the plate 18 is closed when the cover 28 is opened and this serves to insure that excess air will be kept from the material in the container 10 whereby deterioration of the ma terial in the container 10 will be prevented.
The device can be used for measuring and pouring any desired type of material such as instant coffee, and wherein the device will fit various types of jars or containers, and the device can also be used for other purposes such as for handling other types of foodstuffs such as fine ground cereal, fruit juices, ice water, or anything else that is to be poured, and the device can be made of any suitable material such as plastics. Also, the parts can be made in different sizes or shapes. The device is arranged so that the material in the container 10 will be kept free of dampness as well as insects or the like, and the cup or body member 26 can be filled when the jar or container is in inverted position and then by moving the disk 23 on the plate 18, the cup 26 is ready to empty so that the contents of the container or jar 10 are not exposed to-the adverse effects of air to dampness. Also, the device canbe easily cleaned or washed and the device is inexpensive to manufacture.
1. In a measuring and pouring device for a container having a threaded neck, a closure including an annular side wall which is provided with threads for engagement with the threads of said neck, a circular shoulder extending inwardly from the upper end of said side wall and said shoulder defining an opening in said closure, a circular plate mounted on said shoulder and provided with an opening which is offset with respect to the center of the plate, a collar having a portion thereof surrounding the upper portion of the side wall of the closure and secured thereto, a circular flange extending inwardly from the upper edge of said collar and said flange defining an opening in said collar, a rotary circular disk arranged above said plate and rotatbly connected thereto and said disk being retained in place by said flange, there being a circular aperture in said disk which is arranged offset from the center thereof, said aperture being mounted for movement into and out of registry with the opening in said plate as said disk is rotated, a cylindrical body member extending upwardly from said disk and secured thereto, said body member surrounding said aperture, lugs secured to the outer surface of said body member adjacent the upper end thereof, a cover mounted for movement into and out of closing relation with respect to the upper end of said body member, ears secured to said cover and said ears being pivotally connected to said lugs, and a spring member for normally urging said cover into closing relation with respect to said body member.
2. In a measuring and pouring device, a closure including an annular shoulder, a collar secured to said closure and including a circular flange, a stationary plate positioned between said flange and shoulder and provided with an opening, a disk arranged above said plate and said disk being positioned below said flange, said disk being provided with an aperture which is mounted for movement into and out of registry with the opening in said plate, a body member extending upwardly from said disk and secured thereto, and a cover mounted for movement into and out of opening and closing relation with respect to said body member.
3. In a measuring and pouring device, a closure including an annular shoulder, a collar secured to said closure and including a circular flange, a stationary plate positioned between said flange and shoulder and provided with an opening, a disk arranged above said plate and said disk being positioned below said flange, said disk being provided with an aperture which is mounted for movement into and out of registry with the opening in said plate, a body member extending upwardly from said disk and secured thereto, a cover mounted for movement into and out of opening and closing relation with respect to said body member and a spring member for normally urging said cover into closing relation with respect to said body member.
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|U.S. Classification||222/450, 91/417.00R, 222/454, 220/521|