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Title:
DISPENSING DEVICE FOR PASTE PRODUCTS, FOR EXAMPLE TOOTHPASTE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/162784
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A dispenser (1) for paste products, such as toothpaste, comprises a container (2), a pumping diaphragm (30) and a head (10) applied to the container (2). The head (10) is equipped with a tube (12) and a button (40) for acting on the diaphragm (30) and deforming it for dispensing. The button has a pressure surface (44) for a user's dispensing action. The device further comprises an extension element (60', 60") which, in an active position, is arranged as an extension of the pressure surface (44) of the button (40), increasing the leverage effect.

Inventors:
ALLUIGI, Riccardo (Zona Ind. D/5 - Spinetta Marengo, Alessandria, I-15122, IT)
Application Number:
IB2019/050910
Publication Date:
August 29, 2019
Filing Date:
February 05, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GUALA DISPENSING S.P.A. (Zona Ind. D/5 - Spinetta Marengo, Alessandria, I-15122, IT)
International Classes:
B65D83/00; A47K5/18; B05B11/00
Foreign References:
EP0286608A21988-10-12
JPH07242278A1995-09-19
JP2011242029A2011-12-01
JPH09122545A1997-05-13
US20060243754A12006-11-02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PULIERI, Gianluca Antonio et al. (Piazza della Vittoria 11, Brescia, I-25122, IT)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Dispensing device (1) for paste products, for example toothpaste, comprising:

a container (2) extending along a longitudinal axis (Z) between a lower end (4) and an upper end (6);

- a deformable diaphragm (30) located at the upper end ( 6 ) ;

- a head (10) applied to the upper end (6) of the container (2) so as to overlap the diaphragm (30), comprising :

A) a tube (12) provided with an inlet opening (16) and an outlet opening (18);

B) a button (40) for acting on said diaphragm (30) and deforming it for dispensing the product through said tube (12), wherein said button has a pressure surface (44) for the dispensing action of a user;

an extension element (60', 60") suitable for passing from a rest position, wherein it is mainly housed in the button (40), to an active position, wherein it is mainly outside the button (40), said extension element (60', 60") providing an extension portion (62) which, in said active position, is arranged as an extension of the pressure surface (44) of the button (40) .

2. Device according to claim 1, wherein the extension element (60') is rotatable between the rest position and the active position.

3. Device according to claim 2, wherein the button (40) has a lateral surface (46) which delimits it laterally and, inside the button (40), the pressure surface (44) and the side surface (46) delimit an extension compartment (48) wherein said extension element (60') is housed mainly in the rest position.

4. Device according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the extension element (60') comprises a stop portion (64), angled, for example at 90°, relative to said extension portion ( 62 ) .

5. Device according to claim 4, wherein between the stop portion (64) and the extension portion (62) there is a rotation axis (X) for hinging to the button (40) .

6. Device according to claim 4 or 5, wherein, in said rest position of the extension element (60'), the stop portion (64) has an outer surface (64e) substantially level with the pressure surface (44) of the button (40) .

7. Device according to any one of claims 4 to 6, wherein in said rest position, the extension portion (62) has an outer surface (62e) within the side surface (46) of the button 40.

8. Device according to claim 7, wherein, when the extension element (60') is in the active position, the outer surface (62e) of the extension portion (62) is arranged substantially level with the pressure surface (44) of the button (40) .

9. Device according to any one of claims 4 to 8, wherein the stop portion (64), in the active position of the extension element (60'), abuts against an abutment wall (49) of the button (40) .

10. Device according to claim 1, wherein the extension element (60") is slidable between the rest position and the active position.

11. Device according to claim 10, wherein the button (40) comprises a pressure wall (44') having externally said pressure surface (44) and, below this, an inner pocket (51), wherein said extension element (60") is mainly housed in the rest position.

12. Device according to claim 11, comprising stop means suitable for stopping the sliding of the extension element (60") toward the outside of the pocket (51) to prevent the complete detachment thereof.

13. Device according to claim 12, wherein said stop means comprise a hook (66) projecting from the extension portion (62) and a window (68) obtained through the pressure wall (44'), said hook (66) being snap-engageable in said window (68) in the active position.

14. Device according to any one of the preceding claims, comprising locking means integrated with said extension element (60', 60"), suitable to prevent the actuation of the button (40) when said extension element (60', 60") is in the rest position.

15. Device according to claim 14, wherein said locking means comprises a locking wall (70) of the head (20) and a locking portion (72) of the extension element (60") which, in the rest position, engages said locking wall

(70), preventing the actuation of the button (40) .

Description:
DESCRIPTION

"DISPENSING DEVICE FOR PASTE PRODUCTS , SUCH AS

TOOTHPASTE "

[0001] The object of the present invention is a device for the manual dispensing of paste products, such as, in particular, toothpaste. In particular, the object of the present invention is a dispensing device equipped with means that facilitate the dispensing of the product.

[0002] As is well known, such devices, especially if intended for dispensing toothpaste, are widespread and are now part of the daily life of consumers.

[0003] Generally, such devices are composed of a rigid container, usually cylindrical, at the top of which is placed a button.

[0004] When the proper pressure is exerted on the button, it undergoes a rotation, frees a dispensing mouth and causes the release of a predefined quantity of product.

[0005] Since the product, and especially toothpaste, is dense or semi-dense, the action on the button required for dispensing may be relatively substantial; this sometimes involves needing to help children in such an operation, as they are unable to press the button properly .

[0006] Solutions are known for dispensing devices designed to overcome this problem. An example is described in the document US2016/0167074, wherein a particularly long lever is provided for dispensing the product.

[0007] However, this and similar solutions have some drawbacks, due to the fact that, by distorting the overall dimensions, it would be very expensive to design new assembly and filling lines and new transport systems for such devices.

[0008] The object of the present invention is to satisfy the requirements of the sector and to overcome the drawbacks mentioned with reference to the prior art.

[0009] Such object is achieved by a dispensing device for paste products, such as toothpaste, which is manufactured according to claim 1. The dependent claims describe further advantageous embodiments,

[0010] The features and advantages of the dispensing device according to the present invention will be apparent from the description given below, provided by way of non limiting example, in accordance with the accompanying figures, wherein:

- figures la to lc represent a dispensing device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

figure 2a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure la in a rest configuration; figure 2b shows an enlargement of the detail II of figure 2a; figure 3a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure la in an extended configuration;

- figure 3b shows an enlargement of the detail III of figure 3a;

figure 4a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure la in a dispensing configuration;

figure 4b shows an enlargement of the detail IV of figure 4a;

figures 5a to 5c represent a dispensing device according to a further embodiment of the present invention;

figure 6a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure 5a in a rest configuration; figure 6b shows an enlargement of the detail IV of figure 6a;

figure 7a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure 5a in an extended configuration;

- figure 7b shows an enlargement of the detail VII of figure 7a;

figure 8a illustrates a longitudinal section of the dispensing device of figure 5a in a dispensing configuration; - figure 8b shows an enlargement of the detail VIII of figure 8a.

[0011] With reference to the accompanying figures, a dispensing device 1 for paste products, in particular for toothpaste, comprises a container 2 with a predominant extension along a longitudinal axis Z and a substantially cylindrical shape.

[0012] The container 2 extends between a lower end 4 and an upper end 6.

[0013] The device 1 further comprises a bottom structure 8 arranged in the container 2, on the lower end part 4.

[0014] The bottom structure 8 slides sealingly towards the upper end 6 by low pressure inside the container 2, without the ability to return, and provides for venting means for the escape of air trapped between the paste product and the structure itself during the operations of filling the container.

[0015] Said bottom structure 8 is described in detail in document EP 351517 in the name of the Applicant, the teaching of which is incorporated herein.

[0016] The device 1 further comprises a dispensing head 10, applied to the upper end 6 of the container 2.

[0017] Said dispensing head 10 comprises a dispensing duct 14, comprising a first section 14a, having extension along a first axis Z1 and equipped with an inlet opening 16, and a second section 14b, having extension along a second axis Z2, inclined with respect to the first axis Zl, and provided with an outlet opening 18 for dispensing the product. The first axis Zl is preferably coincident with or parallel to the longitudinal axis Z.

[0018] Said dispensing duct 14 is delimited by a small tube 12 having a first section 12a that delimits the first section 14a of the duct 14 and a second section 12b that delimits the second section 14b of the duct 14.

[0019] The head 10 further comprises a skirt 20 applied to an end edge 6a of the upper end 6 of the container 2; preferably, the tube 12 is made in one piece with the skirt 20.

[0020] The device 1 further comprises pumping means comprising a flexible diaphragm 30, attached to the top end 6 of the container, and intended to be deformed to push the product into the tube 12 through the inlet opening 16. Preferably, said diaphragm 30 is shaped like a cap .

[0021] In addition, said pumping means comprise a sleeve 32 arranged around the first section 12a of the tube 12 and sealingly slidable on the outer surface thereof.

[0022] Preferably, the diaphragm 30 and the sleeve 32 are made as a single piece.

[0023] Additionally, said pumping means comprise a shut-off valve 50; for example, said valve 50 comprises an obturator 52, for example, made as a single piece with the diaphragm 30.

[0024] In the rest configuration, the obturator 52 closes the inlet opening 16 of the tube 12; in the dispensing configuration, the obturator 52, following the deformation of the diaphragm 30, frees at least part of the inlet opening 16.

[0025] Advantageously, said closing valve prevents the paste product from entering the tube during filling operations from the bottom of the container.

[0026] Additionally, the head 10 comprises actuation means to manually activate said pumping means.

[0027] Preferably, said actuation means comprise a button 40, applied, for example, to the skirt 20, for example, rotatably. Said button is suitable for switching from a rest position in the rest configuration to a dispensing position in the dispensing configuration, wherein it operates on the pumping means causing the deformation of the diaphragm.

[0028] In particular, for example, said button 40 in the dispensing position engages the sleeve 32 of the pumping means, pushing it downwards, starting from the position occupied in the rest configuration.

[0029] The sleeve 32 slides sealingly on the first section 12a of the tube 12 and causes the deformation of the diaphragm 30, which pushes the product into the tube 12 until it is dispensed through the outlet opening 18.

[0030] Preferably, said actuation means comprise means for closing the outlet opening 18.

[0031] For example, said actuation means comprise a door portion 42 of the button 40; when the button 40 is in the rest position, said door portion 42 closes the outlet opening 18, while when the button is in the dispensing position, the door portion 42 frees said outlet opening 18 at least partially.

[0032] According to the first embodiment of the invention (figures la to 4b), the button 40 preferably has a pressure surface 44, for example contiguous to the door portion 42, lying essentially on an imaginary plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis Z or slightly inclined, while laterally there is provided an outer side surface 46 delimiting said button laterally.

[0033] Inside the button 40, the pressure surface 44 and the side surface 46 delimit an extension compartment 48.

[0034] According to said embodiment, the actuation means comprise an extension element 60' , applied rotatably to the button 40, suitable for changing from a rest position in the rest configuration, wherein it is contained in the extension compartment 48, to an active position in an extension configuration, wherein it protrudes from the extension compartment 48 and so that an extension portion 62 thereof extends said pressure surface 44.

[0035] For example, said extension element 60' comprises a stop portion 64 and an extension portion 62, angled therebetween, for example at 90°.

[0036] For example, between the stop portion 64 and the extension portion 62 is arranged a rotation axis X through which said extension element 60' is hinged to the button 40.

[0037] In a rest configuration (figure 2b), the extension element 60' is in a first angular position wherein it is essentially entirely contained in the extension compartment 48 of the button 40.

[0038] In particular, in said first angular position, the stop portion 64 has an outer surface 64e essentially level with the pressure surface 44 of the button 40.

[0039] At the same time, in said first angular position, the extension portion 62 has an outer surface 62e, within the side surface 46 of the button 40.

[0040] By rotation of the extension element 60' (figure 3b) , said extension element reaches an extension configuration wherein the extension portion 62 is arranged as an extension of the pressure surface 44 of the button 40; for example, the outer surface 62e of the extension portion 62 is arranged essentially level with the pressure surface 44 of the button 40.

[0041] Preferably, moreover, the stop portion 64 of the extension element 60' abuts against an abutment wall 49 of the button 40, to prevent further rotation in the same direction as the extension element 60' and to convey to the button 40 any action carried out by the user only on the extension element 60' .

[0042] Pressing the button 40 (figure 4b), which is permitted by a pressure action on the extension portion 62, as well as on the pressure surface 44 of the button 40, brings the device into the dispensing configuration, with deformation of the diaphragm 30.

[0043] Such action is certainly facilitated by the extension portion 62, which, ideally lengthening the pressure surface 44 of the button 40, produces an increased leverage effect.

[0044] According to a further embodiment of the invention (figures 5a to 8b), the button 40 has a pressure wall 44' having an outer pressure surface 44, for example contiguous to the door portion 42, lying essentially on an imaginary plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis Z or slightly inclined relative thereto, while laterally there is provided a side surface 46 delimiting said button laterally. [0045] Below the pressure wall 44', the button 40 has a pocket 51, open on the side surface 46.

[0046] According to said embodiment, the actuation means comprise an extension element 60", slidingly applied to the button 40, within the pocket 51.

[0047] The extension element 60" is suitable for changing from a rest configuration, wherein it is mainly contained in the pocket 51 (figure 6b), to an extension configuration, wherein it is mainly protruding from the pocket 51 in such a way that, with its extension portion 62, it extends said pressure surface 44 (figure 7b) .

[0048] Preferably, moreover, stop means are provided suitable for stopping the sliding of the extension element 60" toward the outside of the pocket 51 to prevent its complete detachment.

[0049] Said stop means preferably comprise a hook 66 protruding from the extension portion 62 of the extension element 60" and a window 68 obtained through the pressure wall 44' .

[0050] From the rest position of the rest configuration, by pulling out the extension element 60", the hook 66 snaps into the window 68, locking the sliding and defining the active position of the extension configuration.

[0051] Pressing the button 40 (figure 8b), which is permitted by a pressure action on the extension portion 62 of the extension element 60", as well as on the pressure surface 44 of the same button 40, brings the device into the dispensing configuration.

[0052] Such action is certainly facilitated by the extension portion 62, which, ideally lengthening the pressure surface of the button, produces an increased leverage effect.

[0053] The head 10 according to the invention further comprises locking means integrated with said extension element 60' , 60", suitable to prevent the actuation of the button 40 when said extension element 60' , 60" is in the rest position.

[0054] For example, said locking means comprise a locking wall 70 of the head 10 (figure 6b), for example, protruding from the tube 12, and the extension element 60", in the rest position, which engages said locking wall 70 with a locking portion 72 so as to prevent the button 40 from lowering.

[0055] Once the extension element 60" has been moved into the active position (figure 7b), the locking wall 70 is disengaged from the locking portion 72 and the button 40 is permitted to lower.

[0056] Innovatively, the dispensing device according to the present invention meets the needs of the sector, as it facilitates the dispensing of paste products, and at the same time overcomes the drawbacks mentioned, in that in the rest configuration, the size of the button is virtually identical to that of traditional devices.

[0057] It is clear that one skilled in the art, in order to meet contingent needs, may make changes to the dispensing device described above, all contained within the scope of protection defined by the accompanying claims.