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Numéro de publicationUS20070187406 A1
Type de publicationDemande
Numéro de demandeUS 11/355,093
Date de publication16 août 2007
Date de dépôt15 févr. 2006
Date de priorité15 févr. 2006
Numéro de publication11355093, 355093, US 2007/0187406 A1, US 2007/187406 A1, US 20070187406 A1, US 20070187406A1, US 2007187406 A1, US 2007187406A1, US-A1-20070187406, US-A1-2007187406, US2007/0187406A1, US2007/187406A1, US20070187406 A1, US20070187406A1, US2007187406 A1, US2007187406A1
InventeursDavid Nobile, Pamela Gault, Greg McMurray, Daniel Rudolph
Cessionnaire d'origineNobile David P, Gault Pamela W, Mcmurray Greg, Daniel Rudolph
Exporter la citationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Liens externes: USPTO, Cession USPTO, Espacenet
Lid assembly
US 20070187406 A1
Résumé
A lid assembly for a container that effectively seals the contents of the container from the environment and the environment from the contents. The lid assembly includes an upper sealing portion and a lower base portion that are mated together coaxially. Once mated together and secured to the container, the upper portion may be rotated relative to the lower portion to expose the contents of the container through the alignment of dispensing openings in each of the upper and lower portions. During rotation of the sealing portion from a closed position to an open position, the sealing portion is elevated relative to the base portion to form a separation between the sealing portion and the base portion while concurrently aligning the dispensing openings to permit withdrawal of the contents of the container. Upon release of the opening force, the sealing portion retreats away from the elevated position towards the base portion while simultaneously covering and sealing the dispensing opening in the base portion.
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1. A rotating lid assembly for sealing a container with an open end, the rotating lid assembly comprising:
a lower base portion adapted to engage the open end of the container, wherein the lower base portion comprises a first upper surface with a first axis, a downwardly extending first circumferential wall intersecting the first upper surface, a first dispensing opening housed within a well in the first upper surface, a raised sealing lip disposed at least partially around a periphery of the well, a spring bore in the first upper surface disposed substantially coaxially with the central axis, a plurality of circumferential guide ridges disposed about the first circumferential wall, and a spring adapted to fit within the spring bore and be secured therein;
the lid assembly further comprising an upper sealing portion adapted to at least partially surround the first circumferential wall of the lower base portion, the upper sealing portion being adapted to selectively expose the first dispensing opening of the lower base portion when rotated from a closed position to an open position, wherein the upper sealing portion comprises: a second upper surface, a downwardly extending second circumferential wall intersecting the second upper surface, and an upper dispensing opening in the second upper surface, the upper dispensing opening substantially aligning with the lower dispensing opening when the upper sealing portion is in the open position, an extension element projecting downwardly from the second upper surface adapted to engage said spring, and a circumferential guide groove cut into the circular interior surface and adapted to engage the circumferential guide ridges so as to lower the second upper surface and thereby sealably engage the second side of the second upper surface against the sealing lip when the upper sealing portion is in the closed position, the upper sealing portion being normally biased to the closed position by the spring such that a sealed relation is maintained around the well in the absence of an applied opening force.
2. The invention of claim 1, wherein the spring is a torsion spring including a torsion bar and a tangential extension.
3. The invention of claim 2, wherein the lower base portion further comprises a spring extension groove communicating with the spring bore and extending substantially tangentially therefrom.
4. The invention of claim 2, wherein the extension element is a cylinder adapted to fit within the torsion spring, the cylinder including a spring engagement groove adapted to rotationally engage the torsion bar.
5. The invention of claim 1, further comprising:
an arcuate guide groove in the first upper surface, the arcuate guide groove defining an arc centered about the first axis; and
a guide post projecting from the second side of the second upper surface and adapted to be carried by the arcuate guide groove as the lid assembly is rotated between the open and the closed positions.
6. The invention of claim 1, further comprising a handle projecting outwardly from the second upper surface.
7. The invention of claim 6, wherein the handle comprises a pair of intersecting radial protuberances.
8. The invention of claim 1, wherein the lower dispensing opening comprises a dispensing plate with a dispensing aperture cut therethrough.
9. The invention of claim 8, wherein the dispensing aperture is a star-shaped configuration adapted for the selective removal of sheet products from the container.
10. A rotating lid assembly for sealing a container with an open end, the rotating lid assembly comprising:
a lower base portion adapted to engage the open end of the container, wherein the lower base portion comprises a first upper surface with a first axis, a downwardly extending first circumferential wall intersecting the first upper surface, a first dispensing opening housed within a well in the first upper surface, a raised sealing lip disposed at least partially around a periphery of the well, a spring bore in the first upper surface disposed substantially coaxially with the central axis, a plurality of circumferential guide ridges disposed about the first circumferential wall, and a spring adapted to fit within the spring bore and be secured therein, wherein the spring is a torsion spring comprising a coil defining a substantially cylindrical interior with a torsion bar projecting at least partially across said interior and a tangential extension projecting outwardly from the coil;
the lid assembly further comprising an upper sealing portion adapted to at least partially surround the first circumferential wall of the lower base portion, the upper sealing portion being adapted to selectively expose the first dispensing opening of the lower base portion when rotated from a closed position to an open position, wherein the upper sealing portion comprises: a second upper surface, a downwardly extending second circumferential wall intersecting the second upper surface, and an upper dispensing opening in the second upper surface, the upper dispensing opening substantially aligning with the lower dispensing opening when the upper sealing portion is in the open position, an extension element comprising a grooved projection extending downwardly from the second upper surface and adapted to engage the torsion bar of said spring, and a circumferential guide groove cut into the circular interior surface and adapted to engage the circumferential guide ridges so as to lower the second upper surface and thereby sealably engage the second side of the second upper surface against the sealing lip when the upper sealing portion is in the closed position, the upper sealing portion being normally biased to the closed position by the spring such that a sealed relation is maintained around the well in the absence of an applied opening force.
11. The invention of claim 10, further comprising:
an arcuate guide groove in the first upper surface, the arcuate guide groove defining an arc centered about the first axis; and
a guide post projecting from the second side of the second upper surface and adapted to be carried by the arcuate guide groove as the lid assembly is rotated between the open and the closed positions.
12. The invention of claim 10, further comprising a handle projecting outwardly from the second upper surface.
13. The invention of claim 12, wherein the handle comprises a pair of intersecting radial protuberances.
14. The invention of claim 10, wherein the lower dispensing opening comprises a dispensing plate with a dispensing aperture cut therethrough.
15. The invention of claim 14, wherein the dispensing aperture is a star-shaped configuration adapted for the selective removal of sheet products from the container.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates to a lid assembly for sealing a container. More particularly, the invention relates to a self-closing sealing lid assembly incorporating a base portion and a sealing portion that rotate respectively to expose the contents of the container. When in a closed position, a seal is created between the base and sealing portions in order to protect the contents of the container from the environment as well as isolating the outside environment from the contents.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides advantages and/or alternatives over the prior art by providing a lid assembly for a container that effectively seals the contents of the container from the environment. The lid assembly includes an upper sealing portion and a lower base portion that are mated together coaxially. Once mated together and secured to the container, the upper portion may be rotated relative to the lower portion to expose the contents of the container through the alignment of dispensing openings in each of the upper and lower portions. During rotation of the sealing portion from a closed position to an open position, the sealing portion is elevated relative to the base portion to form a separation between the sealing portion and the base portion while concurrently aligning the dispensing openings to permit withdrawal of the contents of the container. Upon release of the opening force, the sealing portion retreats away from the elevated position towards the base portion while simultaneously covering and sealing the dispensing opening in the base portion.

According to one aspect, the lid assembly may include a torsion spring, or like biasing element, that returns the lid assembly to a closed position when the rotational force used to open the lid assembly is removed.

According to another aspect, upon rotation, the upper and lower portions may translate axially relative to one another such that when in a closed position, the lower dispensing opening is sealed against the upper sealing portion.

According to a potentially preferred feature, the upper and lower portions of the lid assembly may incorporate an integral elevation adjusting camming assembly wherein one of the lid portions incorporates one or more male camming members adapted to ride within complimentary angled tracks on an opposing surface of the other lid portion such that relative rotation of the lid portions causes a relative translation in elevation between the portions as the camming members ride within the tracks.

According to another potentially preferred feature, the lower portion portions of the lid assembly incorporates a depressed well at least partially surrounding the content withdrawal opening with a raised lip disposed at least partially around the depressed well. The raised lip enhances the seal around the depressed well when the upper portion rotates to the closed position.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings which are incorporated in and which constitute a part of this specification illustrate several exemplary constructions and procedures and, together with the general description given above and the detailed description set forth below, serve to explain operational principles wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates schematically an assembled lid attached to a container;

FIG. 1A is a view similar to FIG. 1, illustrating the major components of the lid assembly;

FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate schematically a lower base portion of the lid of FIG. 1 illustrated from two perspectives;

FIGS. 3A and 3B illustrate schematically a lower base portion of the lid of FIG. 1 as a top plan view and a cutaway cross section taken along line 3-3;

FIGS. 4A and 4B illustrate schematically an upper sealing portion of the lid of FIG. 1 from two perspectives;

FIGS. 5A and 5B illustrate schematically the upper and lower lid portions mated together and rotated to an open position, both as a top plan view and a cutaway cross section taken along line 5-5;

FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate schematically the upper and lower lid portions mated together and rotated to a closed position, both as a top plan view and a cutaway cross section taken along line 6-6; and

FIG. 7 illustrates schematically the upper and lower portions mated together and attached to the container.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Exemplary embodiments of the present invention will now be described by reference to the accompanying drawings, in which, to the extent possible, like reference numerals are used to designate like components in the various views.

Turning now to the drawings, FIGS. 1 and 1A depict an exemplary construction of a lid assembly 10 adapted for attached relation to a container 12. It is contemplated that the container 12 may be of circular cross-section. However, the container 12 may be of polygonal or other cross-section as desired. By way of example and not limitation, the container 12 may have a square, hexagonal, or octagonal cross-section. As illustrated, the container 12 includes a closed end 18 and an open end 20, the open end 20 being adapted to releasably engage the lid assembly 10 (discussed in further detail below). The container 12 may be adapted to hold a volume of materials (not shown), including for example, liquid, powders, granules, or sheet products such as wiping cloths or the like. The container 12 and lid assembly 10 securely attach together in such a way that the material may be held therein without spillage. By means of example only, and not limitation, the container 12 and/or lid assembly 10 may be constructed of plastic or other polymeric materials, glass, metal, or any other suitable structural material. According to one potentially preferred construction, the container 12 and/or the lid assembly 10 may be constructed of a hard, injection-molded plastic.

In the illustrated construction, the lid assembly 10 includes a lower or base portion 14 and an upper or sealing portion 16. Each of the lower and upper portions 14, 16 may be substantially cylindrical in shape. According to a potentially preferred embodiment, the upper sealing portion 16 is an incrementally greater diameter than the lower base portion 14 such that the lower and upper portions 14, 16 may be mated coaxially. In this relation, the lower base portion 14 resides in male relation within the volume of the upper sealing portion 16 (discussed in greater detail below).

As illustrated in FIG. 1A (and as will be discussed in further detail below) a helical torsion spring 100 is adapted for disposition in substantially nested relation within a molded depression forming a spring bore 40 in the lower base portion 14. As will be described further hereinafter, the torsion spring 100 engages a central cylinder 62 which projects downwardly from the upper sealing portion 16 such that a torsional biasing force is established between the upper and lower portions of the assembly.

FIGS. 2A and 2B depict a potentially preferred embodiment of the lower base portion 14. FIG. 2A depicts the lower base portion 14 in plan view taken generally along line 2A-2A in FIG. 1A, while FIG. 2B depicts an edge view. As shown, the lower base portion 14 may include a substantially cylindrically-shaped body 32. The body 32 includes a substantially planar first upper surface 30 that intersects a circumferential wall 33 at the perimeter of the first upper surface 30. A slightly raised edge 36 is preferably disposed at least partially around the upper surface 30 at the intersection with the circumferential wall 33 to facilitate sealing. From the perimeter of the first upper surface 30, the circumferential wall 33 extends in a downward direction to a flange 48 that extends radially from the circumferential wall 33. By way of example and not of limitation, as depicted in FIG. 2A, the flange 48 may be hexagonal. Alternatively, the flange 48 may be of any polygonal or other shape, as may be desired. The flange 48 preferably includes a knurled peripheral edge 50. The knurled peripheral edge 50 and the angled, polygonal shape of the flange 48 may serve to assist a user in attaching the lower base portion 14 to the container 12 by providing greater leverage and grip.

According to the illustrated and potentially preferred embodiment, the lower base portion 14 includes a lower dispensing opening 34 defined by a cavity formed within the first upper surface 30, and disposed between the axis 36 and the periphery of the first upper surface 30. In the preferred construction, a raised sealing lip 38 may project from the first upper surface 30, at least partially around the lower dispensing opening 34. The cavity defining the lower dispensing opening 34 extends downwardly from the first upper surface 30, and in a potentially preferred embodiment, terminates in a dispensing plate 49.

The dispensing plate 49 may include a dispensing aperture 52. The dispensing aperture 52 is an opening in the dispensing plate 49 that allows access to the interior of the container 12 when the lid assembly 10 is secured to the container 12 and is placed in an open position. According to a contemplated embodiment, as depicted in FIG. 2A, the dispensing aperture 52 may be shaped in a star-like configuration with a plurality of arms projecting outwardly from a central bore. By means of example and not limitation, this star-like configuration is contemplated for use with a container intended for dispensing sheet products, such as woven or non-woven wipes.

Again referring to FIGS. 2A and 2B, it is contemplated that a plurality of male camming members in the form of circumferential guide ridges 46 may be disposed about the circumferential wall 33 of the lower base portion 14. The circumferential guide ridges 46 may be substantially linear projections that are distributed about the circumferential wall 33, and are aligned substantially parallel with the first upper surface 30. In a potentially preferred embodiment, each of the circumferential guide ridges 46 may be substantially equidistant from the first upper surface 30. In an alternative embodiment, each of the circumferential guide ridges 46 may be of varying distances from the first upper surface 30. These guide ridges 46 may act as camming surfaces which cause the upper sealing portion 16 to rise relative to the lower base portion 14 as the lid assembly 10 is rotated to an open position, and cause the upper sealing portion 16 to lower relative to the lower base portion 14 when rotated to a closed position (discussed in further detail below).

As indicated previously, the lower base portion 14 may include a spring bore 40 formed in the first upper surface 30, the spring bore 40 being dimensioned to accommodate torsion spring 100 within its depth (FIGS. 3A and 3B). The spring bore 40 may be aligned substantially coaxially with the axis of the lower base portion 14. Communicating with the spring bore 40 is a spring extension groove 42, formed in the first upper surface 30 and extending tangentially outward from the spring bore 40. The spring bore 40 and the spring extension groove 42 may terminate in a spring shoulder 54, upon which the torsion spring 100 rests within the spring bore 40. As illustrated in FIG. 3B, the spring bore 40 may be defined by a first diameter to a depth coinciding with the spring shoulder 54. It is contemplated that the spring bore 40 may extend beyond and through the spring shoulder 54, thereafter defined by a second, narrower diameter portion. As best illustrated in FIG. 3B, the narrowed portion of the spring bore 40 defines a hollow nipple 41. Hollow nipple 41 may extend in a downward direction beyond the bottommost extent of flange 48. So constructed, when the lid assembly 10 is attached to the container 12, the hollow nipple 41 may project into the interior of the container 12. By means of example only, the hollow nipple 41 may engage the center of a cylindrical roll of wipes to maintain its position coaxial with the container 12.

The torsion spring 100 may include a helical coil portion and a tangential extension 102, which projects outwardly from a first end of the coil in a substantially tangential direction. The torsion spring 100 may further include a torsion bar 104 in a pig tail configuration that extends inwardly from the second end of the coil at least partially across the coil. As will be described further hereinafter, the torsion bar 104 is adapted to be held within the central cylinder 62 projecting downwardly from the upper portion of the assembly.

FIGS. 4A and 4B depict a potentially preferred embodiment of the upper sealing portion 16 of the lid assembly 10. FIG. 4A is a top plan view taken generally along line 4A-4A in FIG. 1A. FIG. 4B depicts a side view. The upper sealing portion 16 is preferably substantially cylindrically shaped with a hollow interior and a central axis. However, other geometries as may be desired can also be utilized. By way of example only, the upper sealing portion 16 may be polygonal in shape with a hollow cylindrical interior. The upper sealing portion 16 may define a second upper surface 70, which itself includes a first side 72 and a second side 74. The first side 72 faces away from the lower base portion 14 when the upper and lower portions 14, 16 are mated together coaxially. The second side 74 is opposite the second upper surface 70 from the first side 72, facing the lower base portion 14 when it is mated to the upper sealing portion 16. The hollow interior of the upper sealing portion 16 may be defined by the second side 74 and a circumferential downwardly projecting wall portion 80 that intersects and extends away from the second upper surface 70. The upper sealing portion 16 also includes an upper dispensing opening 66 defined by a cavity formed in the second upper surface 70 between the axis 90 and the periphery of the first upper surface 70.

Referring again to FIGS. 4A and 4B, the upper sealing portion 16 may include a handle 68 that projects outwardly from the first side 72 of the second upper surface 70. In a potentially preferred embodiment, the handle 68 may be a protuberance that extends radially in a direction from the central axis of the upper sealing portion, across the first side 72 towards the intersection with the downwardly projecting wall portion 80. It is contemplated that the handle 68 may include a plurality of such radially extending protuberances, which may intersect at or near the axis 90. So configured, the lid assembly 10 may be easily and effectively rotated to between an open and a closed position.

As best illustrated in FIGS. 4B, 5B and 6B, it is contemplated that the central cylinder 62 projects away from the second side 74 of the upper sealing portion 16 and is coaxially aligned with the central axis. The central cylinder 62 may be of a substantially split construction including a spring engagement groove 76 that is cut through the central cylinder 62. When the upper and lower portions 16, 14 are in a coaxial mated position, with at least a portion of the lower base portion 14 being within the volume of the interior of the upper sealing portion 16, the central cylinder 62 may extend through the coil of the torsion spring 100 with the spring engagement groove 76 holding the torsion bar 104. The spring engagement groove 76 is cut to a depth along the central cylinder 62 sufficient to accept the torsion bar 104 therein and thereby secure the torsion bar 104 within the central cylinder 62. So positioned, a rotational force applied to the upper sealing portion 16 will bias the torsion spring 100 while the tangential extension 102 is secured within the spring extension groove 42. As such, it is contemplated that the torsion spring 100 may be in an un-biased condition when the upper sealing portion 16 is placed in a closed position (FIG. 6A), while the torsion spring 100 will be biased as the upper sealing portion 16 is rotated towards an open position (FIG. 5A). Thus, when the rotational force applied to the upper sealing portion 16 is released, the torsion spring 100 will tend towards its un-biased condition. In so doing, the torsion spring 100 will apply a rotational force between the upper and lower portions 16, 14 through their respective securing relation with the torsion bar 104 and the tangential spring extension 102. This rotational force will tend to return the upper sealing portion 16 to its original, closed position.

The upper and lower portions 16, 14 are depicted in a mated orientation in both FIGS. 5A and 5B, and 6A and 6B. In FIGS. 5A and 5B, the lid assembly 10 is depicted as being in an open position. In FIGS. 6A and 6B, the lid assembly 10 is depicted as being in a closed position. As illustrated, when the upper sealing portion 16 is in its closed position, the upper and lower dispensing openings 66, 34 are out of alignment as shown in FIG. 6A. In this position, the first upper surface 30 of the lower base portion 14 blocks access to the interior of the container 12 through the upper dispensing opening 66. When the upper sealing portion 16 is in an open position, the upper and lower dispensing openings 66, 34 are substantially, or at least partially, aligned (FIG. 5A). So aligned, the interior of the container 12, and thus the materials held therein, may be accessed by a user. The materials held within the container 12 may then be effectively removed.

As indicated previously, according to a particularly beneficial feature of the invention, the upper and lower portions of the lid assembly are adapted to cooperatively form a tight seal around the lower dispensing opening when the upper sealing portion 16 is biased to a closed position. In the preferred construction this sealing relation is effected by the cooperative lowering of the upper sealing portion 16 into sealing contacting relation with the raised sealing lip 38 disposed around the lower dispensing opening 34. Such a sealed relation in the normally closed position aids in the protection of container contents that are required to remain moist such as pre-saturated wipes and the like that are susceptible to performance degradation due to evaporation.

In order to achieve the desired sealed relation, it is contemplated that the interior circumferential surface 82 of the upper sealing portion 16 may include a circumferential guide groove 78. As best illustrated in FIG. 7, the guide groove 78 is adapted to engage the circumferential guide ridges 46 (FIG. 2A) projecting from wall of the lower portion 14 when the upper and lower portions 16, 14 are mated such that the circumferential guide ridges 46 are dimensioned ride within the circumferential guide groove 78.

According to the illustrated construction, the guide groove 78 is made up of a multiplicity of slots 79 arranged in a discontinuous circumferential arrangement around the interior circumferential surface 82. Each of the slots is adapted to accept a corresponding guide ridge 46. Alternatively, the guide groove may be a continuous slot. As shown, the slots 79 forming the guide groove are preferably slightly angled relative to the upper surface 70 so as to have a sight change in elevation along their length. Due to the angle of the slots 79, as the upper sealing portion 16 is rotated towards the open position (FIGS. 5A and 5B), the circumferential guide ridges 46 riding within the slots 79 act as camming surfaces thereby forcing the upper and lower portions 16, 14 apart, in opposite directions. In a potentially preferred embodiment, the camming action between guide ridges 46 and the guide groove 78 forces the upper sealing portion 16 in a direction away from the lower base portion 14, which remains stationary. When the upper sealing portion 16 is released and allowed to rotated towards a closed position, (FIGS. 6A and 6B), the camming action between the guide ridges 46 and guide grooves 78 forces the upper and lower portions 16, 14 back towards contacting relation with one another. Of course, it is also contemplated that the relative arrangement of the guide grooves 78 and the guide ridges 46 may be reversed if desired. That is, the guide ridges 46 may be carried on the interior circumferential surface 82 of the upper sealing portion 16 and the guide groove 78 may be carried on the circumferential wall 33 of the lower base portion 14.

As will be appreciated, during operation the elevation change of the upper sealing portion between the open and closed positions brings the sealing lip 38 into contacting sealing relation with the interior of the upper sealing portion to facilitate a close sealed relation. In particular, it is contemplated that in the closed position, the second side 74 of the upper sealing portion 16 is placed into contacting sealing relation with the sealing lip 38 that bounds the lower dispensing opening 34. Thus sealed, the contents of the container 12 are protected from the environment outside the container 12, and vice versa. Conversely, when the lid is moved to the open position, the second side 74 of the upper sealing portion 16 is raised away from the sealing lip 38 without interference.

In order to promote the controlled opening of the lid assembly, the lower base portion 14 may include an arcuate guide groove 44 in the upper surface 30. The arcuate guide groove 44 is adapted to receive a guide post 60 (FIG. 4B) that projects downwardly from the upper sealing portion 16. The guide post 60 rides in the arcuate guide groove 44 to maintain the lateral position of the upper sealing portion 16 with respect to the lower base portion 14 as the former is rotated to place the lid assembly 10 is an open or closed position. The length of the arcuate guide groove 44 may be dictated by the angle of rotation required to place the lid assembly 10 in an open position, and thus by the dimensions of the lower dispensing opening 34. By means of example and not limitation, as depicted in FIGS. 5A and 6A, the dimensions of the lower dispensing opening 34 are such that a like-dimensioned upper dispensing opening 66 located on the upper sealing portion 16 may be rotated through approximately 90° to fully expose the lower dispensing opening when in an open position, and to fully seal the same when in a closed position. If a narrower lower dispensing opening 30 is utilized (along with a correspondingly narrower upper dispensing opening 66), a smaller minimum angle of rotation may be used to fully open and seal the lid assembly 10. The arcuate guide groove is preferably at least long enough to accommodate the guide post 60 through this angle of rotation.

The normal bias of the lid assembly 10 to a sealed position is particularly beneficial in avoiding a situation in which the container 12 is left open unintentionally. This sealing relation is potentially beneficial in packaging of a number of different materials that require sealed containment. By way of example only, in one contemplated environment of use, the container 12 may be adapted to hold a continuous sheet of a plurality of wipes 53, each individual wipe 53 being separated from an adjacent wipe by a line of perforation (FIGS. 5A and 5B). As a wipe 53 is pulled through the dispensing aperture 52 having a star-like configuration, the relatively narrow opening imparts tension on the wipe. The tension imparted is such that after a line of perforation is pulled through the dispensing aperture 52, the adjacent wipes will tear along the line of perforation, thereby releasing a single wipe 53 for use, while retaining the formerly adjacent wipe within the container 12 with a portion thereof extending through the dispensing aperture 52.

The dispensing aperture 52 may also be adapted to efficiently and effectively dispense other materials held within the volume of the container 12. By means of example and not limitation, the dispensing aperture 52 may consist of a plurality of openings, mesh, or grid, which may be effective for dispensing powders, granules, or other like particulate matter, or liquid matter from the container 12 and through the dispensing aperture 52. As a further alternative, the dispensing aperture 48 may include a spout that may be contained within the volume of the cavity defining the lower dispensing opening 34. A spout would facilitate the pouring of liquids (as well as particulate matter) while minimizing spillage. It is further contemplated that the lower dispensing opening 34 may be entirely open, and not include the dispensing plate 49, thereby allowing a user to insert a scoop or like instrument through the lower dispensing opening and into the interior of the container 12 in order to manually remove the material held therein. In another contemplated embodiment, the dispensing plate 49 may be removable and interchangeable with a plurality of dispensing plates, each bearing a different dispensing aperture 52. This modular design would permit a user to employ the lid assembly 10 of the present invention with containers for a number of different materials.

It is to be understood that while the present invention has been illustrated and described in relation to potentially preferred embodiments, constructions, and procedures, that such embodiments, constructions, and procedures are illustrative only and that the invention is in no event to be limited thereto. Rather, it is contemplated that modifications and variations embodying the principles of the invention will no doubt occur to those of ordinary skill in the art. It is therefore contemplated and intended that the present invention shall extend to all such modifications and variations as may incorporate the broad aspects of the invention within the true spirit and scope thereof.

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Classifications
Classification aux États-Unis220/254.4, 220/820, 220/229, 220/253
Classification internationaleB65D43/18, B65D51/00, B65D51/18
Classification coopérativeB65D47/265, B65D83/0811
Classification européenneB65D83/08B1, B65D47/26D4
Événements juridiques
DateCodeÉvénementDescription
26 sept. 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: CONTEC, INC., SOUTH CAROLINA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:GAULT, PAMELA W.;NOBILE, DAVID P.;MCMURRAY, GREG;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:019885/0020;SIGNING DATES FROM 20060601 TO 20060620