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Title:
A DEVICE FOR IMPROVING MIXING OF A LIQUID AND A POWDERED SUBSTANCE AND A BABY BOTTLE COMPRISING THE DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/135664
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a device (1) for mixing of a liquid and a powdered substance in a bottle. The device comprises a body (2) including a grid (3) having a plurality of openings (4) and a rim (6) surrounding the grid. The device comprises at least two elongated apertures (8) arranged in different radial directions in relation to a central part (9) of the body, to allow a part of the liquid to pass through the device without passing through the openings of the grid, and each of the apertures has a cross-sectional area which is more than twice as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid.

Inventors:
ROAKS, Vienar (Patron Anderssons väg 34, Vasterås, S-725 92, SE)
Application Number:
EP2015/025010
Publication Date:
September 17, 2015
Filing Date:
March 03, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ROAKS, Vienar (Patron Anderssons väg 34, Vasterås, S-725 92, SE)
International Classes:
A47J43/27
Domestic Patent References:
WO2013063535A12013-05-02
Foreign References:
US20140065276A12014-03-06
SE0901252A12011-03-31
US2176271A1939-10-17
DE29618322U11997-02-06
DE2908526B11980-04-17
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NEELISSEN-SUBNEL, Marianne (Swea IP Law AB, Box 44, Sodertälje, 151 21, SE)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A device (1; 20; 30; 40) for mixing of a liquid and a powered substance in a bottle, the device comprises a body (2) including a grid (3; 22; 32; 42) having a plurality of openings (4; 24; 34; 44), characterized in that the body comprises at least two elongated apertures

(8; 28; 38; 48) arranged in different radial directions in relation to a central part (9) of the body, and each of the apertures has a cross-sectional area which is more than twice as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid. 2. The device according to claim 1, wherein the cross-sectional area of the apertures (8; 28;

38; 48) is more than three times as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings (4; 24; 34; 44) of the grid, and preferably the cross-sectional area of the apertures is more than four times as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid. 3. The device according to claim 1, wherein the width (w) of the apertures (8; 28; 38; 48) is less than 8mm, and preferably less than 6mm.

4. The device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the length (L) of the apertures (8; 28; 38; 48) is at least 8mm, preferably at least 15mm, and most preferably at least 20mm.

5. The device according to any of the previous claims, wherein the diameter (d) of the openings of the grid is in an interval of 2 - 8mm, and preferably in an interval of 3 - 7 mm.

6. The device according to any of the previous claims, wherein the body is circular and said at least two apertures (8;48) are elongated in a circumferential direction of the body (3).

7. The device according to any of the previous claims, wherein the body comprises a rim (6) surrounding the grid (3) and said at least two apertures (8;48) are arranged adjacent to the rim.

8. The device according to claim 7, wherein the grid (2) is mechanically connected to the rim (6) and the grid (3) is arranged at a distance from the rim so that said at least two apertures (8) are defined between the rim and a periphery (10) of the grid. 9. The device according to any of claim 8, wherein the device comprises a plurality of connection portions (12) extending between the grid (3) and the rim (6) for mechanically connecting the grid to the rim, and the connection portions are arranged so that said apertures (8) are defined between the rim and the periphery (10) of the grid. 10. The device according to claim 8 or 9, wherein the grid (3; 22; 32; 42) is disc shaped, and the rim (6; 26; 36; 46) is annular.

11. The device according to any of the previous claims, wherein the device comprises at least three elongated apertures (8; 28; 38; 48) arranged in different radial directions in relation to the central part (9), and preferably at least four elongated apertures arranged in different radial directions in relation to a central part.

12. A baby bottle (60) comprising a nipple (62) and a vessel (50) having an interior for housing a liquid and a powdered substance, characterized in that the baby bottle comprises a device (1; 20; 30; 40) for mixing of the liquid and powdered substance according to any of the claims 1 - 10.

13. The baby bottle according to claim 12, wherein the vessel (50) includes a wall having an inner surface (52) defining the interior of the bottle, and the vessel is designed for receiving the device, and the inner surface of the wall is provided with one or more protruding parts (54) to support the device when it is inserted in the bottle.

14. The baby bottle according to claim 12 or 13, wherein the baby bottle comprises the device (1) according to claim 6, and a sealing cap (64) for attaching the nipple to the vessel, and the sealing cup comprises an annular flange (66) surrounding the nipple (62), and said flange is positioned above said apertures.

Description:
A device for improving mixing of a liquid and a powdered substance and a baby bottle comprising the device

Field of the invention The present invention relates to a device for improving mixing of a liquid and a powdered substance in a bottle. The present invention also relates to a baby bottle comprising a device for improving mixing of a liquid and a powdered substance in the bottle

The device can advantageously be use in any types of bottles used for mixing a liquid and a powdered substance to a mixture intended to be drunk by humans, such as nursing bottles, baby bottles, feeding bottles, shakers, and water bottles.

Prior art

When a powdered substance is to be mixed with a liquid, there is a problem to atomize the powder with the liquid to avoid that the powered substance forms lumps in the liquid. This is, for example, a problem when a baby formula substance is to be mixed with water to form a baby formula. Lumps in the baby formula is a problem since the lumps may get stuck in the nipple of the baby bottle and prevents the liquid from passing through the nipple, which disturbs the feeding of the baby.

SE534145C2 discloses a bottle including a vessel having an interior for mixing a liquid and a powdered substance, such as nutritional supplements, and a lid for sealing the vessel. The lid is provided with a nipple having a closable opening arranged to allow a human to drink from the bottle. The bottle includes a device for atomizing the powder with the liquid and thereby improving mixing of the liquid and the powdered substance in the bottle. The device is disposed between the lid and the bottle, and more particularly the device is removably attached to the lid. The device includes an annular rim and a conically shaped grid including a plurality of openings. The grid allows the liquid mixed with the powder to pass through the openings, while it preventing lumps from passing through. Further, the grid improves the mixing of the liquid and the powdered substance and by that reduces the number of lumps and the size of the lumps in the mixed liquid and powder.

Object and summary of the invention

It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved device for mixing a liquid and a powdered substance in a bottle. It is a particular object of the present invention to provide a device for improving mixing of a liquid and baby formula substance in a baby bottle.

This object is achieved by a device as defined in claim 1. The device comprises a body including a grid having a plurality of openings. The invention is characterized in that the body comprises at least two elongated apertures arranged in different radial directions in relation to a central part of the body, and each of the apertures has a cross-sectional area which is more than twice as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid. With elongated is meant that the length of the aperture is larger than the width of the aperture.

The grid improves the mixing of the liquid and powdered substance when the bottle is shaken, and by that reduces the number of lumps and the size of the lumps in the mixed liquid and powder. However, there may still remain lumps in the liquid after it has been mixed with the powder. The grid further prevents the remaining lumps from reaching a nipple during drinking from the bottle, if the bottle is used as a baby bottle or a water bottle. However, the remaining lumps may cause clogging of the holes in the grid during drinking from the bottle, and by that prevent the liquid from reaching the nipple. The elongated apertures allow the liquid to pass through the device at the same time as it also prevents remaining lumps from passing through the device and reach the nipple. The apertures ensure that the liquid always can pass through the device, even though the openings in the grid have been clogged and do not let through the liquid. Thus, the flow through the device is improved and stops in the flow are avoided. The apertures are arranged in different radial directions in relation a central part of the body. By that the apertures become distributed in the body and the flow through the device becomes more even.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the cross-sectional area of the apertures are more than three times the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid, preferably more than four times as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings of the grid. Thus, it is ensured that the liquid pass through the apertures much easier than through the openings of the grid, which prevents possible lumps from stacking up and stopping the flow of liquid.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the width of the apertures is less than 8mm, and preferably less than 6mm. A narrow width of the aperture prevents lumps from passing through the aperture. For example, the width of the apertures is the same as the width of the openings in the grid. According to an embodiment of the invention, the length of the apertures is at least 8mm, preferably at least 15mm, and preferably at least 20mm. Preferably, the length of the apertures is larger than the width of the openings in the grid to allow the liquid to pass through the apertures. A large length of the aperture enables the liquid to pass through the aperture and prevents lumps from causing clogging of the aperture. According to an embodiment of the invention, the diameter of the openings of the grid is in an interval of 2 - 8mm, and preferably in an interval of 3 - 6mm. Preferably, the diameter of the openings is in the same range as the width of the aperture to prevent the lumps from passing through the device. According to an embodiment of the invention, the apertures are arranged adjacent to the rim. For example, the apertures are arranged between the grid and a rim surrounding the grid. By positioning of the aperture adjacent to the rim, the powder is prevented from reaches the nipple during shaking of the bottle, and by that clogging of the nipple is avoided . According to an embodiment of the invention, the apertures are successively arranged along the periphery of the rim.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the rim is circular and the apertures are elongated in a circumferential direction of the rim, i.e. the apertures are elongated in parallel with the periphery of the rim. Preferably, the apertures are also disposed adjacent to the rim. By positioning of the apertures, which are elongated in a circumferential direction of the rim, adjacent to the rim, the powder is prevented from reaching the nipple during shaking of the bottle and clogging of the nipple is avoided.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the grid is mechanically connected to a rim surrounding the grid, and the grid is arranged at a distance from the rim so that the apertures are defined between the rim and a periphery of the grid.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the device comprises a plurality of connection portions extending between the grid and the rim for mechanically connecting the grid to the rim, and the connection portions are arranged so that said apertures are defined between the rim and the periphery of the grid. The connection portions have two functions, to mechanically connect the grid to the rim, and to form walls for defining the apertures. Thus, the apertures are defined by the rim, the connection portions, and the periphery of the grid.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the body is disc shaped having a circular rim. I n one embodiment, the body is a planar disc.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the rim is annular and surrounds the grid. According to an embodiment of the invention, the grid is disc shaped and defines a plane extending radially in relation to the rim.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the device comprises at least three elongated apertures arranged in different radial directions in relation to the central part, and preferably at least four elongated apertures arranged in different radial directions in relation to the central part.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved baby bottle. The term baby bottle is used synonymous with nursing bottle and feeding bottle.

This object is achieved by a baby bottle comprising a device for mixing of a liquid and a powdered substance according to the invention. The body comprises a rim designed to bear on an inner surface of a wall of the bottle, and the rim has a shape corresponding to the inner surface of the wall. The grid and the aperture prevent lumps from reaching the nipple and to get stuck in the nipple. The aperture ensures that the liquid always reaches the nipple, even though the grid has been clogged by lumps, and by that ensures that feeding of the baby is not disturbed by stops in the flow of liquid. According to an embodiment of the invention, the vessel includes a wall having an inner surface defining the interior of the bottle, and the vessel is designed for receiving the device, and the inner surface of the wall is provided with one or more protruding parts to support the device when it is inserted in the bottle.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the baby bottle comprises a mixing device having the apertures disposed adjacent to the rim and a sealing cap for attaching the nipple to the vessel, and the sealing cap comprises an annular flange surrounding the nipple, and the flange is positioned above the apertures. By this embodiment, the baby formula is prevented from reaching the nipple and clogging the opening of the nipple, when the baby bottle is shaken. Brief description of the drawings

The invention will now be explained more closely by the description of different embodiments of the invention and with reference to the appended figures.

Fig. 1 shows a perspective view from above of a device for mixing a liquid and a powered substance in a bottle according to a first embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 2 shows a perspective view from below of the device shown in figure 1.

Fig. 3 shows a view from below of the device shown in figure 1.

Fig. 4 shows a perspective view from above of a device for mixing a liquid and a powered substance in a bottle according to a second embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 5 shows a view from below of the device shown in figure 4.

Fig. 6 shows a perspective view from above of a device for mixing a liquid and a powered substance in a bottle according to a third embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 7 shows a view from below of the device shown in figure 6.

Fig. 8 shows a perspective view from below of a device for mixing a liquid and a powered substance in a bottle according to a fourth embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 9 shows a view from below of the device shown in figure 8.

Fig. 10 shows a perspective view from above of a vessel designed for receiving a mixing device according to the invention.

Fig. 11 shows a perspective view from above of a vessel provided with the mixing device shown in figures 1- 3.

Fig. 12 shows an example of a baby bottle including a mixing device according the invention. Detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention Figures 1 - 3 shows a device 1 for mixing a liquid and a powdered substance in a bottle according to a first embodiment of the invention. In the following, the device is named a mixing device. The mixing device 1 comprises a body 2 including a grid 3 having a plurality of openings 4 to let through the liquid, and a rim 6 surrounding the grid 3. The grid 3 is mechanically connected to the rim 6. In this embodiment, the body is shaped as a planar disc and has a circular periphery. However, the body can also be conical. The grid 3 improves the mixing of the liquid and powdered substance when the bottle is shaken and prevents lumps from reaching a nipple during drinking from the bottle. In this embodiment, the openings 4 in the grid are hexagonal shaped. However, the shape of the openings may vary. For example, the shape of the openings can be circular, oval, triangular, rectangular or pentagonal. The shape and size of most of the openings 4 are identical. However, some of the openings, positioned close to a center of the grid and close to the periphery of the grid, are not full sized. Thus, the diameter d of the openings 4 may vary. The diameter of the full sized openings of the grid is preferably between 2 and 8mm, most preferably between 3 and 7mm, and typically about 5mm. The number of openings 4 may vary, but preferably the number of openings is larger than 20, and more preferably larger than 30. Preferably the number of openings 4 is less than 70 and more preferably less than 60. In this embodiment, the grid is disc shaped and has a circular periphery, and the rim 6 is annular.

According to the invention, the device further includes at least two elongated apertures 8 to allow a part of the liquid to pass through the device 1 without passing through the openings 4 of the grid. The body is planar and defines a plane, and the apertures are elongated in the plane defined by the body. In this embodiment, the apertures 8 and the openings 4 are co- planar. The apertures are designed so that they let the liquid pass through easier than through the grid 3, which prevents possible lumps from stacking up and to stop the flow of liquid. In this embodiment, the device includes four apertures 8. However, the number of apertures may vary. Preferably, the number of apertures is between two and ten, and most preferably between two and six. The number of apertures 8 is significantly less than the number of openings 4 in the grid. The apertures 8 have a cross-sectional area which is significantly larger than the cross-sectional area of the openings 4 of the grid. In this embodiment, the cross- sectional area of the apertures 8 is more than four times as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings 4. Preferably, the width w of the apertures 8 is about the same as the width of the openings of the grid. Preferably, the width w of the apertures 8 is in an interval of 2 - 8mm, and most preferably in an interval of 3 - 6mm. The width of the apertures is typically about 5mm. The length L of the apertures is at least 8mm, preferably at least 15mm, and most preferably at least 20mm.

The apertures 8 are arranged in four different radial directions in relation to a central part 9 of the body. By that the apertures become distributed in the body and the flow through the device becomes more even. In this embodiment, the apertures are arranged adjacent to the rim, i.e. the apertures adjoin the rim 6. The apertures are successively arranged along the rim. The apertures 8 are arranged between the grid 3 and the rim 6. In this embodiment, the apertures 8 are elongated in a circumferential direction, i.e. in parallel with the periphery of the rim 6. By that the longest side of the aperture is disposed adjacent to the rim 6. The grid 3 is arranged at a distance from the rim 6 in a radial direction so that the apertures 8 are defined between the rim and a periphery 10 of the grid. In this embodiment, the apertures are shaped as bent rectangles. However, the shape of the apertures may vary. The device 1 comprises a plurality of connection portions 12 extending between the grid 3 and the rim 6 for mechanically connecting the grid to the rim. The connection portions are arranged so that a plurality of apertures 8 is defined between the rim and the periphery of the grid. In this embodiment, four connection portions 12 are arranged to define four apertures 8. The connection portions 12 may be elements protruding from the grid 3.

The device further comprises a pick up spike 14 located in the center 9 of the grid 3, for easy removal of the device from the bottle. The top of the spike 14 has a sphere-like form. The device further comprises a cylindrical wall 15 surrounding the body. In this embodiment, the rim 6 is a part of the wall 15. A sealing edge 16 is formed along the periphery of the wall and surrounding the device. When engaging with the bottle, the sealing edge 16 prevents liquid from getting stuck between the wall 15 of the mixing device and an inner surface of the bottle.

The mixing device may be comprised of a rigid material such as plastic, for example BPA (Bisphenol A) and DEHP (2-ethylhexyl) free plastic, or other similar material. The mixing device is preferably made in one piece, for example, by casting in a mold.

Figures 4 and 5 shows a mixing device 20 according to a second embodiment of the invention. The device 20 comprises a grid 22 including a plurality of openings 24 and a rim 26 surrounding the grid. The grid is provided with a plurality of apertures 28 to allow the liquid to pass through the device without passing through the openings 24 of the grid. In this embodiment of the invention, the apertures are arranged at a distance from the rim and are surrounded by the openings 24. In this embodiment, the cross-sectional area of the apertures 28 is more than three times as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings 24 of the grid. In this embodiment, the apertures 28 are elongated in a circumferential direction.

Figures 6 and 7 shows a mixing device 30 according to a third embodiment of the invention. The device 30 comprises a grid 32 including a plurality of openings 34 and a rim 36 surrounding the grid. The grid is provided with a plurality of apertures 38. In this embodiment, the cross- sectional area of the apertures 38 is more than twice as large as the cross-sectional area of the openings 34 of the grid. In this embodiment, the apertures 38 are positioned in a central part of the device and the apertures are surrounded by the openings 34. The apertures are elongated in a radial direction and have a triangular shape. The apertures are tapering towards the center of the device.

Figures 8 and 9 shows a mixing device according to a fourth embodiment of the invention. The device 40 comprises a grid 42 including a plurality of openings 44 and a rim 46 surrounding the grid. The grid is provided with a plurality of apertures 48. In this embodiment, the apertures 48 are extending between a central part of the device and the rim 46. The apertures 48 adjoin the rim 46. The apertures have a triangular shape and are elongated in a radial direction. The apertures are tapering towards the center of the device. In this embodiment, the cross-sectional area of the apertures 48 is more than four times as large as the cross- sectional area of the openings 44 of the grid.

Figure 10 shows a vessel 50 designed for receiving a mixing device according to the invention. The first vessel has a closed end and an open end .The vessel includes a tubular wall having an inner surface 52 defining the interior of the bottle. The open end of the vessel is designed for receiving the mixing device. The inner surface 52 of the wall is provided with one or more protruding parts 54 to support the mixing device when it is inserted in the bottle. The mixing device, and in particular the sealing edge 16, is bearing on the protruding parts 52. The protruding part may be spikes or a flange. The periphery of the mixing device corresponds to the shape of the interior of the vessel. When the mixing device is positioned in the vessel 50, the sealing edge 16 prevents the liquid from getting stuck in between the wall 15 of the mixing device and the inner surface 52 of the vessel.

Figure 11 shows a perspective view from above of the vessel 50 provided with the mixing device 1 as shown in figures 1- 3. Figure 12 shows an example of a baby bottle 60 including the vessel 50 and the mixing device 1. The baby bottle may also include any of the mixing devices 20, 30 and 40. The baby bottle comprises a nipple 62 and sealing cap 64 for sealingly attaching the nipple 62 to the open end of the vessel. The sealing cup comprises an annular flange 66 protruding inwards towards the nipple. The flange 66 is bearing on a corresponding flange of the nipple (not shown). The flange 66 is positioned above the apertures 8 of the mixing device 1 when the sealing cup 64 is attached to the vessel 50. By this embodiment, the baby formula is prevented from reaching the nipple 62 and to clog the opening of the nipple, when the baby bottle is shaken.

The present invention is not limited to the embodiments disclosed, but may be varied and modified within the scope of the following claims. For example, the number or apertures may vary from two and more than four. Further, the shape and position of the apertures may vary. The shape of the periphery of the device depends on the shape of the bottle and may vary, for example, the shape can be oval or rectangular.