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Publication numberUS3052386 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 4, 1962
Filing dateOct 1, 1959
Priority dateOct 1, 1959
Publication numberUS 3052386 A, US 3052386A, US-A-3052386, US3052386 A, US3052386A
InventorsFrank Martorelli
Original AssigneeFrank Martorelli
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispenser tap
US 3052386 A
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DISPENSER TAP Filed Oct. 1, 1959 Frank Mariam/0' 1N VE N TOR.

United States Patent 3,052,386 DISPENSER TAP Frank Martorelli, J. Falco, 310-16 Hills Bldg., Syracuse, N.Y. Filed Oct. 1, 1959, Ser. No. 843,795 2 Claims. (Cl. 222517) This invention relates to an attachment for bottles or other containers by which to function as a closure and dispenser.

An object of the invention is to provide a unique closure for beverage containers, regardless of the type of beverage, whereby the contents of the container may be easily dispensed.

Briefly, the invention is embodied in a closure adapted to fit onto the neck or discharge orifice part of a bottle and form a continuation thereof. A valve member constitutes part of a closure and it is adapted to be swung between open and closed positions enabling the contents of the bottle or other container to be discharged therefrom into an awaiting receptacle.

These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:

FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of a typical container supported on a stand and equipped with a closure in accordance with the invention.

FIGURE 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the closure used in FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 3 is a sectional view similar to FIGURE 2 but showing the valve element in the open position.

FIGURE 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of a part of the closure.

In the accompanying drawings there is a container diagrammatically representing any type of container capable of having closure 12 attached thereto. The preferable place of attachment is at the discharge orifice 14, which is usually a neck of a bottle or can. A stand 16 shows that the container 10 may be supported at an in cline so the contents thereof flow by gravity through port 14.

Closure 12 is made of a circular tube or sleeve 18 having an open end 20 with finger-grip 22 protruding laterally therefrom at open end 20. A circumferential groove 24 is formed in the bore 26 of sleeve 18 by which to snap onto the bead at the outer end of a conventional container neck. Sleeve 18 constitutes the body of the closure and it is preferably made of an elastomeric or at least, flexible ethylene.

Valve member 28 is shaped in the form of a disk or plug and protrudes outwardly from one surface of a flat, elongated plate 30. The valve member and flat plate are each made of plastic, for instance polyethylene or polystyrene or others. As seen in FIGURES 2 and 3 the front surface or forward end 32 of the body of the closure is beveled in a plane inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis of sleeve 18 so that when the liquid subplastic substance, for example polystance from the container flows through the closure, it is directed by gravity downwardly and outwardly of said sleeve.

Valve member or element 28 has a short circular rib 34 at its periphery designed to snap into a shallow circumferential groove 36 which is formed in the bore 26 and which cooperates with rib 34 to form a seal. The plate 30 has a pair of rivets 38 and 46 on the same face thereof as valve member 28, and these are passed through a pair of openings 42 and 44 in an inclined arm 46 which extends upwardly and rearwardly from said sleeve 18 at the discharge end thereof. Arm 46 is made of the same elastomen'c substance as sleeve 18 and is integral therewith. Being elastomeric, the arm 46 has an inherent amount of resilience and elasticity which tends to return the plate 30 to the closed position i.e. with valve member 28 occupying the discharge end of bore 26, said arm being constantly under tension.

In assembly the only steps required are to place the rivets 40 and 38 into openings 44 and 42 and to heat seal them in place.

In use, the sleeve is snapped onto the neck of the container as shown in FIGURES 2 and 3 and the container held at an inclined position, for example by a stand 16. Then, when it is desired to dispense liquid from the container, the upper part of arm. 46 and plate 30 which is secured thereto, are deflected to the position shown in FIGURE 3 at which the sealing groove 36 and sealing rib 34 becomes separated and the valve member 28 becomes separated from the discharge end of bore 26. The liquid contents of the bottle are then capable of flowing through the closure in an amount selected by the user, who closes the valve when the desired quantity of liquid is dispensed.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes Will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. A closure for a container which has a discharge opening member, said closure comprising a body having a bore, means at one end of said bore for attaching the body to the container member with said bore in registry with the discharge opening of the container member, a valve member, resilient means supporting said valve member in liquid flow controlling relationship with said bore, said resilient means including a self-sustaining supporting arm of resilient substance integral with said body and protruding laterally therefrom in the plane of the other end of the body, mechanical means securing said valve member to said arm, said arm being tensioned and yieldingly retaining the valve member in closed position, and sealing means connected between said valve member and the discharge end of said bore, said arm having longitudinally spaced openings therein, said mechanical means including spaced rivets on the valve member engaged in the openings.

2. A dispensing closure comprising a resilient tube for mounting on a container, said tube including a bevelled forward end, a resilient, inclined arm integral with said tube and extending upwardly and rearwardly therefrom in the plane of said bevelled forward end thereof, said arm having longitudinally spaced openings therein, an elongated plate mounted longitudinally on and carried by said arm and extending downwardly and forwardly therefrom in opposed parallelism with said bevelled end of said tube and yieldingly engaged therewith by said arm, a valve on the lower portion of the plate engageable in the tube, and rivets formed integrally with the plate at longitudinally spaced points and anchored in 10 References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Jenks Mar. 15,1938 Hacmac Feb. 10, 1942 Marcus May 12, 1959

Patent Citations
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US2111186 *Dec 24, 1937Mar 15, 1938Mildred N JenksTube and bottle closure
US2272798 *Oct 26, 1938Feb 10, 1942Hacmac Edward RDispensing device for containers
US2886218 *Mar 26, 1957May 12, 1959William MarcusContainer cap
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US3199748 *Sep 5, 1962Aug 10, 1965Frank T JohmannClosure means
US3212686 *Jun 22, 1964Oct 19, 1965Washburn CoDripless pitcher
US3570727 *Jan 23, 1969Mar 16, 1971Dart Ind IncMold ejection assemblable two-piece cap
US4621750 *Apr 12, 1985Nov 11, 1986The Meyer CompanyDispenser valve
US4722463 *Sep 12, 1986Feb 2, 1988Anderson Jerry LFluid dispensing apparatus
US5289930 *Nov 19, 1991Mar 1, 1994Syntex (U.S.A.) Inc.Evaporation closure
US8424704Jun 1, 2005Apr 23, 2013X-Pert Paint Mixing Systems, Inc.Self-cleaning lid for a paint container fluid pour spout
EP0884250A1 *Jun 2, 1998Dec 16, 1998Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf AktienSnap hinged closure assembly for filling refill-type containers
EP1753668A2 *Jun 2, 2005Feb 21, 2007X-Pert Paint Mixing Systems, Inc.Self-cleaning lid for a paint container fluid pour spout
U.S. Classification222/517, 222/545
International ClassificationB65D47/08
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2251/1075, B65D47/0866
European ClassificationB65D47/08D2