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Title:
CLOSURE OF VESSEL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2007/067015
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A closure of a vessel, comprises: a body mounted at a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents contained in the vessel is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit formed in the body, for removing a sealing member sealing an inlet when the closure is detached from the vessel, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover openably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet. Since the sealing member is automatically removed when the closure is opened, a user's convenience is enhanced.

Inventors:
RHO, Hee Kwon (#2-402 Solhyanggi Town, 544-1 Ilsan-ri,, Mohyun-myun, Yongi, Kyungki-do 449-855, KR)
Application Number:
KR2006/005365
Publication Date:
June 14, 2007
Filing Date:
December 08, 2006
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
RHO, Hee Kwon (#2-402 Solhyanggi Town, 544-1 Ilsan-ri,, Mohyun-myun, Yongi, Kyungki-do 449-855, KR)
International Classes:
B65D41/28; B65D43/16
Foreign References:
KR20050077234A2005-08-01
JPH07330009A1995-12-19
KR19980060825U1998-11-05
Other References:
See also references of EP 1963194A1
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LEE, Sang-Bum (5th Fl, Christine Bldg. 720-21, Yeoksam 2-dong, Gangnam-g, Seoul 135-920, KR)
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Claims:
Claims

[1] A closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents contained in the vessel is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit formed in the body, for removing a sealing member sealing an inlet when the closure is detached from the vessel, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover openably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet. [2] The closure of a vessel of claim 1, wherein a first mounting portion formed with the the sealing member removing unit, and a second mounting portion formed with the outlet and equiped with the cover for opening and closing the outlet disposed at an opposite side to the first mounting portion in a radial direction, are disposed at an upper surface of the body, respectively. [3] The closure of a vessel of claim 1, wherein a discharge amount controlling unit for controlling discharge amount of the contents stored in the vessel through the outlet is formed at the outlet. [4] The closure of a vessel of claim 3, wherein the discharge amount controlling unit comprises: a partitioning bar disposed at a middle portion of the outlet, for partitioning the outlet into a first passage and a second passage; and a mesh-typed net disposed at the first passage, for controlling discharge amount of the contents discharged through the first passage. [5] The closure of a vessel of claim 2, wherein the sealing member removing unit comprises: a pressing plate disposed in the first mounting portion of the body, the pressing plate being movable in upper and lower directions; a cutter formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate, for penetrating the sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed, and for cutting the sealing member when the body is rotated; a locking portion formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate, for storing the sealing member cut by the cutter in the body; and a connecting portion connecting an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate and an inner circumferential surface of a mounting hole of the body, and elastically transformable so that the pressing plate may move in upper and lower directions. [6] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the cutter comprises: a supporting portion disposed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing

plate; a first cutting portion sharply formed at a lower end of the supporting portion, for penetrating the sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed; and a second cutting portion formed on at least one of two sides of the supporting portion, for cutting the sealing member as a circular shape when the body is rotated.

[7] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the locking portion comprises: a supporting rod disposed at an inner edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate, for penetrating the center of the sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed; and at least one locking rod formed at an outer circumferential surface of the supporting rod, for locking the sealing member.

[8] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the locking rod perpendicularly extending from an outer circumferential surface of the supporting rod with a certain length, passing a hole formed by the supporting rod with an upwardly bent state at the time of penetrating the sealing member, and being straightened into the original state after penetrating the sealing member, thus to be locked at an inner surface of the sealing member is formed.

[9] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the connecting portion is formed as a thin film of dome type for connecting an inner circufmerential surface of the mounting hole to an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate, and is elastically transformaed when the pressing plate is pressed by a force more than a predetermined degree.

[10] The closure of a vessel of claim 2, wherein the cover is formed in a plate type having the same size as the second mounting portion so as to be inserted into the second mounting portion formed at the body, and one end of the cover is rotatably connected to an upper surface of the body by a connecting rib, and another end of the cover is downwardly bent to be inserted into an edge of the second mounting portion.

[11] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein a security member for preventing the pressing plate from being pressed by an external impact is mounted at an upper surface of the body.

[12] The closure of a vessel of claim 11, wherein the security member is formed in a plate type having a certain length, and one end of the security member is rotatably connected to one edge of the first mounting portion, and another end of the security member is detachably mounted at another edge of the first mounting portion.

[13] The closure of a vessel of claim 12, wherein a locking jaw is formed at the end of the security member, and is detachably locked to a locking groove formed at an

edge of the first mounting portion.

[14] The closure of a vessel of claim 11, wherein the security member is composed of a plurality of reinforcing ribs formed between an edge of the pressing plate and an edge of the first mounting portion and torn away only when a force more than a predetermined degree is applied thereto.

[15] The closure of a vessel of claim 2, wherein a supporting film for maintaining an opened state of the cover when the cover is opened, and for preventing the contents discharged to the outlet from being leaked to the side is formed between the cover and both edges of the second mounting portion.

[16] The closure of a vessel of claim 15, wherein the supporting film is implemented as a triangular thin film, and one side of the supporting film is connected to both sides of the cover, and the other side of the supporting film is connected to both edges of the second mounting portion, and a foldable portion is formed at the center of the supporting film.

[17] The closure of a vessel of claim 2, wherein the first mounting portion is disposed at the body in a radial direction with a radius longer than that of the body, and the second mounting portion is disposed to face the first mounting portion.

[18] The closure of a vessel of claim 17, wherein the cover is hinge-connected to both edges of the first mounting portion, and is partially disposed at an upper surface of the first mounting portion.

[19] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the pressing plate is formed to have a disc shape, and is concaved only at a portion where the cover is mounted.

[20] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the pressing plate is formed in a plate type having five vertexes outwardly protruding and one groove inwardly concaved.

[21] The closure of a vessel of claim 19, wherein the cutters are formed over more than 180° in a circumferential direction of the pressing plate with the same interval.

[22] The closure of a vessel of claim 5, wherein the pressing plate is formed in a fan shape.

[23] The closure of a vessel of claim 22, wherein the cutter comprises: a supporting plate downwardly protruding from an arc edge of the pressing plate; a first cutting blade formed at a lower end of the supporting plate in a longitudinal direction, for penetrating an outer circumferential surface of the sealing member by approximately 1/4-1/2 when the pressing plate is pressed; and a second cutting blade formed at both side surfaces of the supporting plate, for cutting the sealing member as a circular shape when the body is rotated.

[24] The closure of a vessel of claim 23, wherein the first cutting blade is formed to

have a teeth shape.

[25] A closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit formed at the body, for removing a sealing member sealing the inlet when the closure is detached from the vessel, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover openably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet, wherein the sealing member removing unit includes a pressing plate disposed at an inner surface of the body by a connecting portion and movable in upper and lower directions; and a punch protruding from a lower surface of the pressing plate for forming a hole at the sealing member.

[26] The closure of a vessel of claim 25, wherein the punch is formed in a cylindrical bar shape having a sharp end and an inclined surface.

[27] The closure of a vessel of claim 25, wherein the sealing member is provided with a mesh-typed reinforcing member attached thereto, so that the other part of the sealing member is prevented from being torn away when the punch forms a hole in the sealing member.

[28] A closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at a vessel; a sealing member removing unit formed at the body and having a pressing plate provided with an outlet through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged, for removing a sealing member sealing an inlet when the closure is detached from the vessel, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover openably mounted at the pressing plate, for opening and closing the outlet.

[29] The closure of a vessel of claim 28, wherein a groove for inserting a user's finger so as to open and close the cover is formed at the body.

[30] The closure of a vessel of claim 28, wherein the sealing member removing unit comprises: a pressing plate disposed in the body so as to be movable in upper and lower directions, and having an outlet through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged out at one side thereof; acutter formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate, for penetrating the sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed, and for cutting the sealing member when the body is rotated; a locking portion formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate, for locking the sealing member so as to store the sealing member cut by the cutter in the body; and a connecting portion connecting an outer cir-

cumferential surface of the pressing plate with an inner circumferential surface of the body, for guiding the pressing plate to be movable in upper and lower directions and supporting a moved position of the pressing plate by its own elastic force.

[31] The closure of a vessel of claim 28, wherein the cover is rotatably mounted at an upper surface of the pressing plate by a connecting rib, and opens and closes the outlet formed at the pressing plate.

[32] A closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit formed at the body, for removing a sealing member sealing an inlet of the vessel when the closure is detached from the inlet, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover unit openably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet, wherein the cover unit comprises: a hinge protrusion hinge-connected to an upper surface of the body; a cover portion formed at one side of the hinge protrusion, for opening and closing the outlet; and an operation rod extending towards the other side of the hinge protrusion, for opening the cover portion.

[33] The closure of a vessel of claim 32, wherein the operation rod is pressed together with the pressing plate when the pressing plate is pressed, and then is opened as the hinge protrusion serves as a lever.

[34] A closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at an inlet of a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged out at an upper surface thereof; and a cover unit rotatably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet, wherein the cover unit comprises: a hinge protrusion hinge-connected to an upper surface of the body; a cover portion formed at one side of the hinge protrusion, for covering the outlet; and an operation rod formed at the other side of the hinge protrusion and disposed at an insertion groove concaved at an upper surface of the body, for opening and closing the cover portion.

[35] The closure of a vessel of claim 34, wherein the operation rod is disposed at the insertion groove so as to be downwardly pressed, and when the operation rod is pressed, the cover portion is upwardly moved as the hinge protrusion serves as a lever thereby to open the outlet.

[36] The closure of a vessel of claim 34, wherein a locking protrusion for locking the operation rod so as to maintain a pressed state of the operation rod is protruding from both side surfaces of the insertion groove.

Description:

Description CLOSURE OF VESSEL

Technical Field

[1] The present invention relates to a closure of a vessel for opening and closing a vessel inlet, and more particularly, to a closure of a vessel capable of separating a sealing member sealing a vessel inlet from the vessel inlet together with a closure by cutting when the closure is opened. Background Art

[2] FIG. 1 is a sectional view showing a closure of a vessel in accordance with the conventional art.

[3] The conventional closure of a vessel includes a body 14 mounted at an inlet 12 through which contents contained in a vessel 10 is discharged out, and having an inner space; and a cover 18 openably mounted at an outlet 16 formed at the body 14 through which the contents contained in the vessel is discharged out, for opening and closing the outlet 16.

[4] A sealing member 20 for protecting the contents stored in the vessel 10 by preventing the contents from being discharged out is attached to the inlet 12. A male screw portion 22 coupled to a female screw portion 24 formed at an inner circumferential surface of the body 14 is formed at an outer circumferential surface of the inlet 12.

[5] The cover 18 has one end hinge-connected to an upper surface of the body 14, thereby opening and closing the outlet 16 formed at the body 14.

[6] An operation of the conventional closure of a vessel will be explained. First, when the closure of a vessel is opened by a user's hand, the female screw portion 24 formed at the inner circumferential surface of the body 14 is rotated along the male screw portion 22 formed at the inlet 12, thereby separating the closure from the inlet 12. Then, the sealing member 20 is removed from the inlet 12 by using the user's hand or an additional tool such as a knife. Then, the closure is re-mounted to the inlet.

[7] The cover 18 mounted at the body 14 is opened, and the contents stored in the vessel 10 is discharged out through the outlet 16 formed at the body 15.

[8] However, the conventional closure of a vessel has the following problems. After separating the closure from the vessel, the sealing member 20 attached to the inlet 12 has to be removed by the user's hand or an additional tool such as a knife. Accordingly, inconvenience is caused in using the closure of a vessel.

[9] Furthermore, since the user's hand has to come in contact with the inlet 12 so as to remove the sealing member 20, sanitary problem is caused.

Disclosure of Invention

Technical Problem

[10] Therefore, it is an object of the present invention to provide a closure of a vessel capable of enhancing a user's convenience by integrally forming a sealing member removing unit at the closure, in which an additional member for removing the sealing member is not required since the sealing member is automatically removed when the closure is opened.

[11] Another object of the present invention to provide a closure of a vessel capable of solving sanitary problem caused when a user's hand comes in contact with an inlet so as to remove a sealing member by automatically removing the sealing member by a sealing member removing unit.

[12] Still another object of the present invention to provide a closure of a vessel capable of enhancing a user's convenience by opening a cover by pressing an opposite side of the cover. Technical Solution

[13] To achieve these objects, there is provided a closure of a vessel, comprising: a body mounted at a vessel, and having an outlet through which contents contained in the vessel is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit formed in the body, for removing a sealing member sealing an inlet when the closure is detached from the vessel, and storing the removed sealing member in the body; and a cover openably mounted at the body, for opening and closing the outlet.

[14] A first mounting portion formed with the the sealing member removing unit, and a second mounting portion formed with the outlet and equiped with the cover for opening and closing the outlet disposed at an opposite side to the first mounting portion in a radial direction, are disposed at an upper surface of the body, respectively..

[15] The outlet includes a discharge amount controlling unit for controlling a discharge amount of the contents stored in the vessel, and the discharge amount controlling unit includes a partitioning bar disposed at a middle portion of the outlet, for partitioning the outlet into a first passage and a second passage; and a mesh-typed net disposed at the first passage, for controlling a discharge amount of the contents discharged through the first passage.

[16] The sealing member removing unit includes: a pressing plate disposed in the first mounting portion of the body the pressing plate being movable in upper and lower directions; a cutter formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate, for penetrating the sealing member when the pressing plate is pressed, and for cutting the sealing memberwhen the body is rotated; a locking portion formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate, for storing the sealing member cut by the cutter

in the body; and a connecting portion connecting an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate with an inner circumferential surface of a mounting hole of the body, and elastically transformable so that the pressing plate may move in upper and lower directions.

[17] The cover is formed in a plate type having the same size as the second mounting portion so as to be inserted into the second mounting portion formed at the body, and one end of the cover is rotatably connected to an upper surface of the body by a connecting rib, and the other end thereof is downwardly bent to be inserted into an edge of the second mounting portion.

[18] A security member for preventing the pressing plate from being pressed by an external impact is mounted at an upper surface of the body.

[19] The security member is formed in a plate type having a certain length, and one end of the security member is rotatably connected to one edge of the first mounting portion, and the other end thereof is detachably mounted at another edge of the first mounting portion, and the security member is disposed to cover an upper surface of the pressing plate.

[20] Between the cover and both edges of the second mounting portion, formed is a supporting film for maintaining an opened state of the cover when the cover is opened, and for preventing the contents discharged to the outlet from being leaked to the side.

[21] The supporting film is implemented as a triangular thin film, and one side of the supporting film is connected to both sides of the cover, and the other side of the supporting film is connected to both edges of the second mounting portion. A foldable portion is formed at the center of the supporting film.

Advantageous Effects

[22] If the pressing plate of the sealing member removing unit installed in the closure is firstly pressed before the closure is opened, the sealing member is automatically removed from the inlet. Accordingly, the user's convenience is enhanced.

[23] In addition, since the sealing member is automatically removed by the sealing member removing unit, a sanitary problem caused when the user's hand comes in contact with the inlet so as to remove the sealing member is solved.

[24] In addition, an operation rod is installed at the cover mounted at the body for opening and closing the outlet, and a cover portion of the cover is opened when the operation rod is pressed. Accordingly, the use's convenience is enhanced. Brief Description of the Drawings

[25] FIG. 1 is a sectional view showing a closure of a vessel in accordance with the conventional art;

[26] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the first

embodiment of the present invention; [27] FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel having an opened cover according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [28] FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing inside of the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [29] FIG. 5 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [30] FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing a cutter according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [31] FIG. 7 is a perspective view showing a locking portion according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [32] FIGS. 8, 9 and 10 are views showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention; [33] FIG. 11 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention; [34] FIG. 12 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention; [35] FIG. 13 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention; [36] FIG. 14 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment of the present invention; [37] FIG. 15 is a perspective view showing a lower portion of the closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment of the present invention; [38] FIG. 16 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention; [39] FIG. 17 is a perspective view showing a lower portion of the closure of a vessel according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention; [40] FIG. 18 is a perspective view showing a cutter according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention; [41] FIG. 19 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention; [42] FIG. 20 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention; [43] FIG. 21 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention; [44] FIG. 22 is a sectional view showing a closure of a vessel according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention; [45] FIG. 23 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to

the sixth embodiment of the present invention;

[46] FIG. 24 is a plane view showing a sealing member according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention;

[47] FIG. 25 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention; and

[48] FIG. 26 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel having an opened cover according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention. Mode for the Invention

[49] Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

[50] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel having an opened cover according to the first embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing inside of the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 5 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

[51] The closure of a vessel in accordance with the present invention includes a body 56 mounted at an inlet 52 through which contents contained in a vessel 50 is discharged out, and having an outlet 54 through which the contents stored in the vessel 50 is discharged out at an upper surface thereof; a sealing member removing unit 60 formed at the body 56, for removing a sealing member 58 sealing the inlet 52 when the closure is detached from the inlet 52, and storing the removed sealing member 58 in the body 56; and a cover 62 openably mounted at the body 56, for opening and closing the outlet 54.

[52] The sealing member 58 for protecting the contents stored in the vessel 50 by sealing the inlet 52 through which the contents is discharged out is attached to the inlet 52. Preferably, the sealing member 58 is formed of a material such as paper or thin al uminum that can be easily removed by a knife, etc.

[53] A first mounting portion 64 for mounting the sealing member removing unit 60 is concavely formed at an upper surface of the body 56, and a second mounting portion 66 formed with the outlet 54 and equipped the cover 62 disposed at an opposite side to the first mounting portion 64 in a radial direction is concavely formed at an upper surface of the body 56.

[54] The outlet 54 is provided with a discharge amount controlling unit 68 for controlling a discharge amount of the contents stored in the vessel. The discharge amount controlling unit 68 includes a partitioning bar 70 disposed at a middle portion

of the outlet 54, for partitioning the outlet 54 into two parts; and a mesh-typed net 72 disposed at one part of the outlet 54, for controlling a discharge amount of the contents.

[55] When the vessel is a little inclined, a little amount of the contents is discharged out through the mesh-typed net 72 of the discharge amount controlling unit 68. And, when the vessel is more inclined, a large amount of the contents is discharged out through the entire outlet 54 of the discharge amount controlling unit 68.

[56] A female screw portion 74 coupled to a male screw portion 76 formed at an outer circumferential surface of the inlet 52 is formed at an inner circumferential surface of a lower surface of the body 56.

[57] The sealing member removing unit 60 includes: a pressing plate 80 disposed in the first mounting portion 64 of the body 56, the pressing plate 80 being movable in upper and lower directions, and pressed by a user; a cutter 82 formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate 80, for penetrating the sealing member 58 when the pressing plate 80 is pressed, and for cutting the sealing member 58 when the body 56 is rotated; a locking portion 84 formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate 80, for locking the sealing member 58 so as to store the sealing member 58 cut by the cutter 82 in the body 56; and a connecting portion 86 connecting an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate 80 and an inner circumferential surface of a through hole formed at the first mounting portion 64, for guiding the pressing plate 80 to be movable in upper and lower directions and supporting a moved position of the pressing plate 80 by its own elastic force.

[58] The pressing plate 80 is long disposed at the body 56 in a radial direction so as to be positioned in the first mounting portion 64, and is formed in a disc shape having a radius smaller than that of the body 56.

[59] As shown in FIG. 6, the cutter 82 includes a supporting portion 90 formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate 80; a first cutting portion 92 sharply formed at a lower end of the supporting portion 90, for penetrating the sealing member 58 by being downwardly moved when the pressing plate 80 is pressed; and a second cutting portion 94 formed on at least one of two sides of the supporting portion 90, and rotated with a contacted state to an inner circumferential surface of the inlet 52 when the body 56 is rotated, thereby cutting the sealing member 58 as a circular shape.

[60] As shown in FIG. 7, the locking portion 84 includes a supporting rod 96 downwardly extending from the center of a lower surface of the pressing plate 80, for penetrating the sealing member 58 when the pressing plate 80 is pressed; and at least one locking rod 98 formed at an outer circumferential surface of a lower portion of the supporting rod 96, for locking the sealing member 58 so that the sealing member 58 cut by the cutter 82 may be stored in the body 56.

[61] The supporting rod 96 is formed in a cylindrical bar downwardly and perpendicularly extending from the center of the pressing plate 80, and a punch portion 100 having a sharp shape for forming a hole at the sealing member 58 is formed at the end of the supporting rod 96.

[62] The locking rod 98 is formed to be elastically transformable in an upper direction, and at the time of penetrating the sealing member 58, the locking rod 98 is upwardly bent thus to penetrate the sealing member 58 through a hole formed by the punch portion 100, and after the locking rod 98 penetrates the sealing member 58, it is straightened into the original state thus to be locked at an inner surface of the sealing member 58.

[63] The locking rod 98 is perpendicularly extending from the outer circumferential surface of the supporting rod 96 with a certain length, and one or more locking rods 98 are formed. Preferably, a pair of locking rods 98 are formed on the outer circumferential surface of the supporting rod 96 with an interval of 180°.

[64] The connecting portion 86 is formed as a thin film of dome type for connecting an inner circufmerential surface of the first mounting portion 64 of the body 56 to an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate 80., and the connecting portion 86 is elastically transformable when the pressing plate 80 is pressed, thereby guiding the pressing plate 80 so as to be downwardly moved.

[65] The connecting portion 86 elastically maintains a current position of the pressing plate 80. More concretely, when the pressing plate 80 is upwardly protruding without being pressed, the connecting portion 86 maintains the current position of the pressing plate 80 by maintaining a dome shape, and when the pressing plate 80 is pressed, the connecting portion 86 is elastically transformable as a concave shape thereby to maintain the pressed position of the pressing plate 80.

[66] The cover 62 is formed in a plate type having the same size as the second mounting portion 66 so as to be inserted into the second mounting portion 66 formed at the body 56, and one end of the cover 62 is rotatably connected to an upper surface of the body 56 by a connecting rib 102, and the other end thereof is downwardly bent to be inserted into an edge of the second mounting portion 66.

[67] A supporting film 61 for maintaining an opened state of the cover 62 and preventing the contents discharged to the outlet 54 from being leaked to the side is formed between the edge of the cover 62 and the edge of the second mounting portion 66.

[68] The supporting film 61 is implemented as a triangular thin film, and one side of the supporting film 61 is connected to both sides of the cover 62, and the other side of the supporting film 61 is connected to both edges of the second mounting portion 66, and a foldable portion 63 is formed at the center of the supporting film 61.

[69] The foldable portion 63 is formed to be inward-concavely folded so as to be foldable into the cover 62 when the cover 62 is closed.

[70] A security member 104 for preventing the pressing plate 80 from being pressed by an external impact is mounted at an upper surface of the body 56.

[71] The security member 104 is disposed to cover an upper surface of the pressing plate

80. One end of the security member 104 is rotatably connected to one edge of the first mounting portion 64, and the other end thereof is detachably mounted at another edge of the first mounting portion 64, and accordingly, the security member 104 prevents the pressing plate 80 from being pressed by an external impact.

[72] One end of the security member 104 is rotatably integrally formed at one edge of the first mounting portion 64 by a connecting rib 106, and the other end thereof is detachably locked by a locking groove 108 formed at the other edge of the first mounting portion 64, thereby forming a locking jaw 110 coupled to the body 56. Not only the locking groove 108 and the locking jaw 110 but also various structures may be detachably mounted between the security member 104 and the body 56. Preferably, the security member 104 is integrally formed at the body 56.

[73] An operation of the securitymember 104 will be explained. The security member

104 disposed to cover the upper surface of the pressing plate 80 prevents the pressing plate 80 from being arbitrarily pressed. When the pressing plate 80 is to be pressed by a user, after the security member 104 is detached from the body 56, the locking jaw 110 formed at the security member 104 is detached from the locking groove 108 formed at the edge of the first mounting portion 64. Accordingly, the security member 104 is rotated centering around the connecting rib 106 thus to be detached from the upper surface of the pressing plate 80.

[74] As another embodiment, the security member 104 may be implemented as a reinforcing rib (not shown) integrally connecting the edge of the pressing plate 80 and the edge of the first mounting portion 64 and torn away when a force more than a certain degree is applied thereto.

[75] An operation of the closure of a vessel will be explained.

[76] FIGS. 8, 9 and 10 are views showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

[77] First, a locked state of the security member 104 covering the upper surface of the pressing plate 80 is released, and then the security member 104 is rotated thus to be detached from the upper surface of the pressing plate 80. Then, the pressing plate 80 disposed at the first mounting portion 64 of the body 56 is downwardly pressed so as to outwardly discharge the contents stored in the vessel 50. Accordingly, the connecting portion 86 is elastically deformed, and the pressing plate 80 is downwardly moved. Herein, the first cutting portion 92 of the cutter 82 formed at the outer edge of the

lower surface of the pressing plate 80 penetrates the edge of the sealing member 58, and the supporting rod 96 of the locking portion 84 penetrates the center of the sealing member 58.

[78] The locking rod 98 of the locking portion 84 penetrates the sealing member 58 with an upwardly bent state through a hole formed by the punch portion 100 of the supporting rod 96. Once the locking rod 98 penetrates the sealing member 58, it is straightened into the original state thus to be positioned at an inner surface of the sealing member 58.

[79] Then, if the body 56 is rotated by the user's hand, the female screw portion 74 formed at the inner circumferential surface of the body 56 rotates along the male screw portion 76 formed at the inlet 52. Accordingly, the body 56 is detached from the inlet 52. Herein, the cutter 82 rotates with a contact state to the inner circumferential surface of the inlet 52, so that the second cutting portion 94 cuts the sealing member 58 in a circular form.

[80] Since the sealing member 58 removed from the inlet 52 is locked by the locking rod

98 of the locking portion 84, it is detached from the inlet 52 together with the body 56 thus to be received in the body 56.

[81] The sealing member 58 received in the body 56 is taken out of the body 56, and then the body 56 is coupled to the inlet 52. Then, the cover 62 mounted at the body 56 is opened to discharge out the contents stored in the vessel 50 through the outlet 54 formed at the body 56.

[82] Herein, the supporting film 61 prevents the cover 62 from being closed when the contents stored in the vessel is discharged out, and prevents the contents discharged through the outlet 54 from being leaked to the side.

[83] FIG. 11 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 12 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according tothe second embodiment of the present invention.

[84] A closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention comprises: a body 56 mounted at an inlet 52 through which contents contained in a vessel 50 is discharged out, and having an outlet 54 through which the contents is discharged out at an upper surface thereof; a sealing member removing unit 60 formed at the body 56, for removing a sealing member 58 sealing the inlet 52 when the closure is detached from the inlet 52, and storing the removed sealing member 58 in the body 56; a cover unit 130 openably mounted at the body 56, for opening and closing the outlet 54; and a security member 104 rotatably mounted at an upper surface of the body 56, for preventing the pressing plate 80 from being arbitrarily pressed.

[85] A first mounting portion 132 for mounting the sealing member removing unit 60 is disposed at one side of the body 56 in a radial direction with a radius longer than that

of the body 56, and a second mounting portion 134 having the outlet 54 through which the contents is discharged out is disposed to face the first mounting portion 132.

[86] The first mounting portion 132 is formed to be downwardly con vexed, and to have a radius longer than that of the body 56. The second mounting portion 134 is detached from the first mounting portion 132 by a partition wall 136, and has a radius shorter than that of the body 56. Herein, the partition wall 136 partitions the first mounting portion 132 and the second mounting portion 134 from each other together with a protrusion 141 protruding from a lower surface of a cover portion 142.

[87] The sealing member removing unit 60 of the second embodiment has the same construction as the sealing member removing unit 60 of the first embodiment except that the pressing plate 80 is disposed at a position lower than an upper surface of the body 56.

[88] The cover unit 130 includes a hinge protrusion 140 hinge-connected to both edges of the first mounting portion 132; a cover portion 142 formed at one side of the hinge protrusion 140, covering the second mounting portion 134, and locked by the second mounting portion 134; and an operation rod 144 formed at the other side of the cover portion 142 and extending towards the first mounting portion 132, for opening and closing the cover portion 142.

[89] The operation rod 144 disposed on an upper surface of the pressing plate 80 is pressed together with the pressing plate 80 when the pressing plate 80 is pressed. Herein, the hinge protrusion 140 serves as a lever, and the cover portion 142 is upwardly moved to be opened.

[90] A locking protrusion 145 for maintaining a pressed state of the operation rod 144 by being locked to both edges of the operation rod 144 when the operation rod 144 is pressed is protruding from both inner surfaces of the first mounting portion 132.

[91] That is, the operation rod 144 is locked by the locking protrusion 145 when pressed thus to maintain the pressed state, thereby maintaining an opened state of the cover portion 142. Then, if the operation rod 144 is pressed in a direction that the cover portion 142 is closed, it is detached from the locking protrusion 145 thus to be upwardly moved.

[92] The security member 104 has the same structure as the security member 104 of the first embodiment except that it is disposed to cover an upper surface of the operation rod 144 so as to prevent the pressing plate 80 and the operation rod 144 from being pressed.

[93] An operation of the closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment will be explained.

[94] FIG. 13 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the second embodiment of the present invention.

[95] First, the security member 104 is removed. A locked state of the security member

104 is released, and then the security member 104 is rotated thereby to expose the pressing plate 80 and the operation rod 144 outwardly. Under the state, if the pressing plate 80 and the operation rod 144 are pressed together, the pressing plate 80 is lowered thus to remove the sealing member 58 and to store the sealing member in the body 56 as aforementioned in the first embodiment.

[96] When the operation rod 144 is downwardly moved, the cover portion 142 is upwardly moved centering the hinge protrusion 140. The cover portion 142 is detached from the second mounting portion 132 thus to be opened, thereby opening the outlet 54 formed at the body 56. Herein, since both side surfaces of the operation rod 144 are locked by the locking protrusion 145 protruding from both inner surfaces of the first mounting portion 132, the operation rod 144 maintains the pressed state.

[97] If the operation rod 144 is pressed together when the pressing plate 80 is pressed, the cover unit 130 is rotated centering around the hinge protrusion 140 and the cover portion 142 is upwardly moved thus to open the outlet 54. Accordingly, the user does not have to open the cover from the second mounting portion 66.

[98] FIG. 14 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 15 is a perspective view showing a lower portion of the closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment of the present invention.

[99] A closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment of the present invention comprises: a body 56 mounted at an inlet 52 through which contents contained in a vessel 50 is discharged out, and having an outlet 54 through which the contents is discharged out at an upper surface thereof; a sealing member removing unit 60 formed at the body 56, for removing a sealing member 58 sealing the inlet 52 when the closure is detached from the inlet 52, and storing the removed sealing member 58 in the body 56; and a cover 62 openably mounted at the body 56, for opening and closing the outlet 54.

[100] The body 56 includes a first mounting portion 150 for mounting the sealing member removing unit 60, and a second mounting portion 152 having the outlet 54 and for mounting the cover 62.

[101] The first mounting portion 150 is formed to have a wide area at a region except a region of the second mounting portion 152 for mounting the cover 62, and is provided with the sealing member removing unit 60.

[102] The sealing member removing unit 60 has the same construction as the sealing member removing unit of the first embodiment except that a plurality of cutters 156 are mounted along the edge of the first mounting portion 150.

[103] That is, the pressing plate 154 of the sealing member removing unit 60 is formed to

have a disc shape, and is concaved only at a portion where the cover 62 is mounted.

[104] The pressing plate may have a star shape, and may have a structure that the cutter is formed at each vertex.

[105] The cutters 156 are formed over more than 180° in a circumferential direction of the pressing plate 154 with the same interval so that the sealing member 58 may be cut even if the body 56 is rotated by an angle equal to or less than 180°.

[106] The locking portion 158 is downwardly protruding at a concave portion of the pressing plate 154 positioned at the center of the body 56.

[107] The connecting portion 160 is connected between an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate 154 and an inner circumferential surface of the first mounting portion 150.

[108] In the closure of a vessel according to the third embodiment, since the cutters 156 are formed over more than 180° in a circumferential direction of the body 56 with the same interval, the sealing member 58 is cut even if the body 56 is rotated by an angle equal to or less than 180°.

[109] The closure of a vessel of the third embodiment has the same operation as the closure of a vessel of the first embodiment except that the body 56 is rotated by an angle equal to or less than 180° at the time of cutting the sealing member 58.

[110] FIG. 16 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 17 is a perspective view showing a lower portion of the closure of a vessel according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention;

[111] The closure of a vessel of the fourth embodiment has the same structure as the closure of a vessel of the third embodiment except that a sealing member removing unit.

[112] The sealing member removing unit of the fourth embodiment includes a pressing plate 200 disposed in the first mounting portion 150 of the body 56 so as to be movable in upper and lower directions, and pressed by a user; a cutter 202 formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate 200, for penetrating the sealing member 58 when the pressing plate 200 is pressed thereby cutting a part of the sealing member 58; a locking portion 204 formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate 200, for locking the sealing member 58 so as to store the sealing member 58 cut by the cutter 2902 in the body 56; and a connecting portion 206 connecting an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate 200 and an inner circumferential surface of the first mounting portion 150, for guiding the pressing plate 200 to be movable in upper and lower directions and supporting a moved position of the pressing plate 200 by its own elastic force.

[113] The pressing plate 200 is formed in a fan shape having a certain length, and the

locking portion 204 is protruding from a lower surface of the vertex of the pressing plate 200 so as to be positioned at the center of the body. The locking portion 204 of the fourth embodiment has the same construction as the locking portion 158 of the third embodiment, and thus its detailed explanation will be omitted.

[114] As shown in FIG. 18, the cutter 202 includes a supporting plate 210 downwardly protruding from an arc edge of the pressing plate 200; a first cutting blade 212 formed at a lower end of the supporting plate 210 in a longitudinal direction, for penetrating an outer circumferential surface of the sealing member 58 by approximately 1/4-1/2 when the pressing plate 200 is pressed; and a second cutting blade 214 formed at both side surfaces of the supporting plate 210, for cutting the sealing member 58 as a circular shape when the body 56 is rotated.

[115] The first cutting blade 212 is formed to have a teeth shape so as to enhance a penetrating force into the sealing member 58.

[116] The closure of a vessel of the fourth embodiment has the same operation as the closure of a vessel of the third embodiment except that the cutter 202 is a plate type having a certain length. Accordingly, the sealing member 58 is cut by approximately 1/4-1/2 when the pressing plate 200 is pressed, and the sealing member 58 is entirely cut when the body 56 is rotated by an angle equal to or less than 180°.

[117] FIG. 19 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 20 is a sectional view showing the closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention.

[118] The closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment comprises: a body 56 mounted at an inlet 52 through which contents stored in a vessel 50 is discharged out; a sealing member removing unit 250 integrally formed in the body 56, for removing a sealing member 58 sealing the inlet 52 when the closure is detached from the inlet 52, and storing the removed sealing member 58 in the body 56; and a cover 256 rotatably hinge-connected to the pressing plate 252 of the sealing member removing unit 250, for opening and closing the outlet 254 formed at the pressing plate 252.

[119] A female screw portion 74 coupled to a male screw portion 76 formed at an outer circumferential surface of the inlet 52 is formed at a lower inner circumferential surface of the body 56 in a circumferential direction. An inner surface of the body 56 is penetrated so as to mount the sealing member removing unit 250, and a groove 258 for inserting a user's finger so as to open and close the cover 256 is formed at one side of the body 56.

[120] The sealing member removing unit 250 includes: a pressing plate 252 disposed in the body 56 so as to be movable in upper and lower directions, and having an outlet 254 through which contents stored in the vessel is discharged out at one side thereof; a cutter 260 formed at an outer edge of a lower surface of the pressing plate 252, for

penetrating the sealing member 58 when the pressing plate 252 is pressed, and for cutting the sealing member 58 when the body 56 is rotated; a locking portion 262 formed at an inner edge of the lower surface of the pressing plate 252, for locking the sealing member 58 so as to store the sealing member 58 cut by the cutter 260 in the body 56; and a connecting portion 264 connecting an outer circumferential surface of the pressing plate 252 and an inner circumferential surface of the body 56, for guiding the pressing plate 252 to be movable in upper and lower directions and supporting a moved position of the pressing plate 252 by its own elastic force.

[121] The cover 256 is rotatably mounted at an upper surface of the pressing plate 252 by a connecting rib 266, and opens and closes the outlet 254 formed at the pressing plate 252.

[122] FIG. 21 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention.

[123] When the pressing plate 252 is pressed, it is downwardly moved and the cutter 260 formed at the edge of the pressing plate 80 penetrates the edge of the sealing member 58. At the same time, the locking portion 262 penetrates the center of the sealing member 58.

[124] Then, if the body 56 is rotated by a user's hand, the female screw portion 74 formed at the inner circumferential surface of the body 56 is rotated along the male screw portion 76 formed at the inlet 52, thereby separating the body 56 from the inlet 12. Herein, the cutter 260 cuts the sealing member 58 in a circular form while rotating with a contact state to the inner circumferential surface of the inlet 52.

[125] Since the sealing member 58 removed from the inlet 52 is locked by the locking portion 262, it is detached from the inlet 52 together with the body 56 thus to be received in the body 56.

[126] The sealing member 58 received in the body 56 is taken out of the body 56, and then the body 56 is coupled to the inlet 52. Then, the cover 256 mounted at the pressing plate 252 is opened to outwardly discharge the contents stored in the vessel 50 through the outlet 254 formed at the pressing plate 252. Herein, the user opens the cover 256 by putting his finger into the groove 258.

[127] FIG. 22 is a sectional view showing a closure of a vessel according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 23 is a view showing an operation state of the closure of a vessel according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention.

[128] The closure of a vessel of the sixth embodiment has the same structure as the closure of a vessel of the first embodiment except that a sealing member removing unit 300 is operated to penetrate a sealing member.

[129] The sealing member removing unit 300 of the sixth embodiment includes a pressing plate 302 disposed at an inner surface of the body by a connecting portion 304, and a

punch 306 protruding from a lower surface of the pressing plate 302 for forming a hole at the sealing member 58.

[130] The punch 306 has a sharp end and an inclined surface. When the pressing plate

302 is lowered, the punch 306 penetrates the sealing member 58 thus to form a hole 310 at the sealing member 58. The cut portion of the sealing member 58 is disposed at an inner surface of the sealing member 58 as a folded state.

[131] As shown in FIG. 24, since the sealing member 58 is provided with a mesh-typed reinforcing member 312 attached thereto, the other part of the sealing member 58 when the punch 306 forms the hole 310 in the sealing member 58 is prevented from being torn away.

[132] FIG. 25 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 26 is a perspective view showing a closure of a vessel having an opened cover according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention.

[133] The closure of a vessel of the seventh embodiment includes a body 352 mounted at an inlet 52, and having an outlet 350 through which contents stored in a vessel 50 is discharged out at an upper surface thereof; and a cover unit 360 rotatably mounted at the body 352, for opening and closing the outlet 350.

[134] The cover unit 360 includes a hinge protrusion 362 hinge-connected to an upper surface of the body 352; a cover portion 364 formed at one side of the hinge protrusion 362, for covering the outlet 350; and an operation rod 366 formed at the other side of the cover portion 364 and disposed at an insertion groove 370 concaved at an upper surface of the body 352, for opening and closing the cover portion 142.

[135] A locking protrusion 361 for locking both side surfaces of the operation rod 366 is protruding from both inner surfaces of the insertion groove 370 so as to maintain a pressed state of the operation rode 366.

[136] At the time of opening the outlet 350, the operation rod 366 is downwardly pressed and the hinge protrusion 362 serves as a lever. Accordingly, the cover portion 364 is upwardly moved and thus the outlet is opened.

[137] Furthermore, since the operation rod 366 is locked by the locking protrusion 361, the pressed state thereof is maintained and thus the cover portion 364 maintains an opened state. When the cover portion 364 is pressed in a closing direction, the operation rod 366 is detached from the locking protrusion 361 thus to be upwardly moved.