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Title:
DISPOSABLE CONTAINER FOR POWDER MATERIAL WITH AN INTEGRATED SIFTER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2013/061316
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A disposable container for shipping, storing and dispensing powder material such as flour, having a sifter-assembly and a container body, in which the powder material is stored. The sifter-assembly includes a sifter-assembly-body having an enclosed wall, wherein the bottom portion of the container body sealingly encloses the top-end opening of the enclosed wall. The sifter-assembly-body includes powder-clumps-breaking-grid and a sieve wherein the powder-clumps-breaking-grid is secured between the top-end opening of the sifter-assembly-body and the sieve. During the storing or shipping a blocking cover prevents an escape of powder material from the container body. The blocking cover is removed to facilitate sifting and dispensing of powder material from the container body. The powder-clumps-breaking-grid facilitates, during a sifting process, the break apart of large powder clumps.

Inventors:
EDRI, Dekel (10 Yoseftal Giora Street, 05 Ramle, 72330, IL)
SARANO, Avraham (16/70 Simcha Holtzberg Street, 15 Ramle, 72276, IL)
Application Number:
IL2012/000359
Publication Date:
May 02, 2013
Filing Date:
October 17, 2012
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
EDRI, Dekel (10 Yoseftal Giora Street, 05 Ramle, 72330, IL)
SARANO, Avraham (16/70 Simcha Holtzberg Street, 15 Ramle, 72276, IL)
International Classes:
A47J43/22; B07B1/02; B65D83/06
Foreign References:
US2576746A
JPH1118968A
US1476693A
US4889619A
US2224495A
US3487439A
Other References:
See also references of EP 2790558A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KATZ, Itzhak (IP Consulting, 7 Haim Gilad Street, Petach Tikva, 49377, IL)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A disposable container for shipping, storing and dispensing powder material, comprising: a) a container body wherein the powder material is stored in said container body; and b) a sifter-assembly comprising:

i. a sifter-assembly-body having an enclosed wall, forming a top-end opening and a bottom-end opening;

ii. a blocking cover;

iii. a powder-clumps-breaking-grid; and

iv. a sieve,

wherein the bottom portion of said container body sealingly encloses said top-end opening of said sifter-assembly-body;

wherein said blocking cover prevents an escape of powder material from said container body during a storing or shipping states of the disposable container, and said blocking cover is removed to facilitate sifting and dispensing of powder material from said container body; and wherein said powder-clumps-breaking-grid is secured between said top-end opening of said sifter-assembly-body and said sieve.

2. The disposable container of claim 1, wherein said sifter-assembly further comprises: v. a locking mechanism for locking said blocking cover onto said sifter-assembly- body, and thereby sealingly enclosing said bottom-end opening of said sifter- assembly-body.

3. The disposable container of claim 1, wherein the openings in said powder-clumps- breaking-grid facilitate, during a sifting process, the break apart of large powder clumps.

4. The disposable container of claim 3, wherein said sifter-assembly further comprises a bulk of parts, dimensioned to stay in between said powder-clumps-breaking-grid and said sieve, and wherein said parts further break apart the remaining powder-clumps into yet smaller parts.

5. The disposable container of claim 1 , wherein the powder material is flour.

6. A method for storing, sifting and dispensing powder material, comprising the steps of: a) providing a disposable container, including:

i. a container body wherein powder material is stored in said container body; and ii. a sifter-assembly comprising:

A. a sifter-assembly-body having an enclosed wall, forming a top-end opening and a bottom-end opening;

B. a blocking cover;

C. a powder-clumps-breaking-grid; and

D. a sieve,

wherein said container body is sealingly attached onto said top-end opening of said sifter-assembly-body;

wherein said blocking cover prevents an escape of powder material from said container body during a storing or shipping states of the disposable container; and

wherein said powder-clumps-breaking-grid is secured between said top-end opening of said sifter-assembly-body and said sieve;

b) removing said blocking cover to facilitate sifting and dispensing of the powder material stored in said container body;

c) shaking said sifter-assembly sideways causing:

i) motion of powder material from said container body to pass through the openings in said powder-clumps-breaking-grid, thereby breaking apart of large powder clumps;

ii) motion of fine powder material to pass through the fine hole of said sieve, thereby out of said disposable container.

7. The disposable container of claim 6, wherein said sifter-assembly further comprises a bulk of parts, dimensioned to stay in between said powder-clumps-breaking-grid and said sieve, and wherein said parts further break apart the remaining powder-clumps into yet smaller parts, during said shaking of said sifter-assembly, sideways.

Description:
DISPOSABLE CONTAINER FOR POWDER MATERIAL WITH AN

INTEGRATED SIFTER

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit under 35 USC 119(e) from US provisional application 61/550,529, filed on October 24 th , 2011, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to the field of containers for storing powder material and more particularly, the present invention is related to disposable storage systems or containers for storing and dispensing powder material such as flour or any other particulate matter, the container including an integrated sifter.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, in a container including a sifter, the sifter of is typically used to control the dispensing rate of the powder material stored in the container, wherein that powder material has been sorted out beforehand.

However, the sifter may also be used as a sieve to sort out unwanted particles, typically larger in size than the powder material, such as flour.

Herice, there is a need for and it would be advantageous to have a container including an integrated sifter for storing and dispensing the powder material, while sorting out unwanted particles.

It should be noted that the present invention will describe, with no limitations, the powder material stored in the container as being flour. But the present invention is not limited to containers for storing flour and any other powder or particulate matter may be stored in the container. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The principle intentions of the present invention include providing a container for storing and dispensing powder material such as flour or any other particulate matter, the container including an integrated sifter. Typically, the particulate matter is stored and shipped in the container of the present invention, wherein the particulate matter is dispensed through the sieve, to thereby prevent from unwanted particles, larger than the sieve's fine holes from being dispensed. Typically, the container with the integrated sifter is disposable.

According to teachings of the present inventions there is provided a disposable container for shipping, storing and dispensing powder material such as flour. The disposable container includes a container body, wherein the powder material is stored in the container body, and a sifter-assembly.

The sifter-assembly includes a sifter-assembly-body having an enclosed wall that forms a top-end opening and a bottom-end opening. The enclosed wall may form any preconfigured shape. The sifter-assembly-body includes a blocking cover, a powder- clumps-breaking-grid, and a sieve, wherein the powder-clumps-breaking-grid is secured between the top-end opening of the sifter-assembly-body and the sieve.

The bottom portion of the container body sealingly encloses the top-end opening of the sifter-assembly-body. The blocking cover prevents an escape of powder material from the container body, during the storing or shipping states of the disposable container. The blocking cover is removed to facilitate sifting and dispensing of powder material from the container body.

Preferably, the sifter-assembly further includes a locking mechanism for locking the blocking cover onto the sifter-assembly-body, and thereby sealingly enclosing the bottom-end opening of the sifter-assembly-body.

The openings in the powder-clumps-breaking-grid facilitate, during a sifting process, the break apart of large powder clumps. The sifter-assembly further includes a bulk of parts, dimensioned to stay in between the powder-clumps-breaking-grid and the sieve, wherein the parts further break apart the remaining powder-clumps into yet smaller parts. An aspect of the present invention is to provide a method for storing, sifting and dispensing powder material. The method includes the steps of providing the disposable container of the present invention; removing the blocking cover to facilitate sifting and dispensing of the powder material stored in the container body; shaking the sifter- assembly sideways causing motion of powder material from the container body to pass through the openings in the powder-clumps-breaking-grid, thereby breaking apart of large powder clumps, and motion of fine powder material to pass through the fine hole of the sieve, thereby out of the disposable container.

Optionally, the sifter-assembly further includes a bulk of parts, dimensioned to stay in between the powder-clumps-breaking-grid and the sieve, wherein the parts further break apart the remaining powder-clumps into yet smaller parts, during the shaking of the sifter-assembly, sideways.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will become fully understood from the detailed description given herein below and the accompanying drawings, which drawings are generally not drawn to scale and are given by way of illustration only and thus, not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:

Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a disposable container, according to embodiments of the present invention, the container including an integrated sifter-assembly.

Fig. 2 is a top isometric view illustration of the sifter-assembly of the disposable container shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a sectioned front view illustration of the sifter-assembly of the disposable container shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 4 is a sectioned front view illustration of the sifter-assembly of the disposable container shown in Fig. 3, after the blocking cover has been removed.

Fig. 5 is a sectioned isometric view illustration of the disposable container shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 6 is a top isometric exploded view illustration of the sifter-assembly of the disposable container shown in Fig. 2. Fig. 7 is a top isometric view of examples of powder-clumps-breaking-grids, according to variations of the present invention.

Fig. 8 is a top isometric view illustration of the body of the sifter-assembly of the disposable container shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 9 is an isometric view of the disposable container shown in Fig. 1, the disposable container being in use.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention will now be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which preferred embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided, so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art.

An embodiment is an example or implementation of the inventions. The various appearances of "one embodiment," "an embodiment" or "some embodiments" do not necessarily all refer to the same embodiments. Although various features of the invention may be described in the context of a single embodiment, the features may also be provided separately or in any suitable combination. Conversely, although the invention may be described herein in the context of separate embodiments for clarity, the invention may also be implemented in a single embodiment.

Reference in the specification to "one embodiment", "an embodiment", "some embodiments" or "other embodiments" means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiments is included in at least one embodiments, but not necessarily all embodiments, of the inventions. It is understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein is not to be construed as limiting and are for descriptive purpose only.

Meanings of technical and scientific terms used herein are to be commonly understood as to which the invention belongs, unless otherwise defined. The present invention can be implemented in the testing or practice with methods and materials equivalent or similar to those described herein. It should be noted that orientation related descriptions such as "bottom", "up", "upper", "down", "lower", "top" and the like, assumes that the associated item is operationally situated.

Methods of the present invention may be implemented by performing or completing manually, automatically, or a combination thereof, selected steps or tasks. The term "method" refers to manners, means, techniques and procedures for accomplishing a given task including, but not limited to, those manners, means, techniques and procedures either known to, or readily developed from known manners, means, techniques and procedures by practitioners of the art to which the invention belongs. The descriptions, examples, methods and materials presented in the claims and the specification are not to be construed as limiting but rather as illustrative only.

Reference is made to the drawings. Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a disposable container 100, according to embodiments of the present invention. Disposable container 100 includes container body 110 and an integrated sifter-assembly 120. Reference is also made to Fig. 2, a top isometric view illustration of sifter-assembly 120; to Fig. 3, a sectioned front view illustration of sifter-assembly 120; to Fig. 4, a sectioned front view illustration of sifter-assembly 120, after the blocking cover has been removed; to Fig. 5, a sectioned isometric view illustration of disposable container 100; and to Fig. 6, illustrating a top isometric exploded view of sifter-assembly 120.

Sifter-assembly 120 includes a sifter-assembly-body 130, a blocking cover 140, a powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 and a sieve 170. Sifter-assembly 120 also includes a locking mechanism 150 for interlocking blocking cover 140 onto sifter-assembly-body 130.

Locking mechanism 150 shown in the drawings is given by way of example only, and other interlocking embodiments know in the art may be used within the scope of the present invention. Locking mechanism 150 includes a first pair of locking-elements 154 integrated into blocking cover 140, and a second pair of locking-elements 152 integrated into sifter-assembly-body 130. In the example locking mechanism 150 shown in the figures, each locking-element 152 includes a male-member 153, and each locking- element 154 includes a respective female-member 155. When a male-member 153 is pressed against a respective female-member 155 to cling-on thereto, locking mechanism 150 fittingly enters into a locking state and thereby, powder material stored in disposable container 100 cannot escape container body 110. In Figs. 1 and 2, locking mechanism 150 is shown in locking state.

Container body 110 is made of material suitable to store the designate powder material. It may be made of materials such as paper, nylon, plastic and other polymers, PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) or any other material commonly used to store the corresponding powder material.

Sifter-assembly-body 130 is a hollowed body, having enclosing walls forming two open ends. A first open-end, typically the top end, that remains open to such that the inner space of sifter-assembly-body 130 coincides with the inner space of container body 110. It should be noted that "top" and "bottom", as used herein, refers to the common operational orientation of disposable container 100. The second open-end, typically the bottom end, is detachably enclosed by blocking cover 140.

Sifter-assembly-body 130 has a top section 132, proximal to the first open-end, a middle section 134 is proximal to the second open-end and a bottom section 135. The bottom end of container body 110 an open end, wherein the bottom portion of container body 110 is sealingly attached to top section 132 of sifter-assembly-body 130, for example by glue, by heat, or the two are made of the same material, being integrated into a single part. Typically, with no limitation, the bottom portion of container body 110 is sealingly attached to the external surface 133 of top section 132, as shown in Fig. 1. In variations of the present invention, the bottom portion of container body 110 is sealingly attached to the internal surface of top section 132. Bottom section 135 is indented inwardly with respect to middle section 134.

Reference is also made to Fig. 8, illustrating a top isometric view of sifter- assembly-body 130 of sifter-assembly 120 of disposable container 100. On two or more of the internal walls of sifter-assembly-body 130, a supporting bench 136 is formed, inwardly, as a result of the inwardly indentation of bottom section 135 with respect to middle section 134. Powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 is fittingly dimensioned to be disposed on top of supporting bench 136. Preferably, when assembled, powder-clumps- breaking-grid 160 is pushed downwards, to surpass stoppers 138, which stoppers 138 keep powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 in proximity to supporting bench 136, even when disposable container 100 is not situated in a general vertical orientation.

It should be noted that powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 may be formed in different geometrical layouts. Fig. 7 is a top isometric view of some examples of powder-clumps- breaking-grids 160 (160a, 160b and 160c), according to variations of the present invention.

Sieve 170 is shaped to overcast the second (bottom) open-end of sifter-assembly- body 130 and is typically securely attached, for example, with no limitation, by glue or heat, to the external surface of the bottom side of bottom section 135 of sifter-assembly- body 130 (see Fig. 8, as well as Fig. 4).

Reference is also made to Fig. 9, an isometric view of disposable container 100, which disposable container is shown being in use. Locking mechanism 150 is in an unlocked-state, as blocking cover 140 has been removed. Particles 20 of the particulate matter that were stored inside disposable container 100, are shown being dispensed out of the second (bottom) open-end of sifter-assembly-body 130. Typically, a slight shaking of disposable container 100 is required to dispense particles 20 out of disposable container 100.

It should be noted that some types of particulate matter that were stored inside disposable container 100, such as flour, tend to cluster together to form a lumps of the powdery matter. When such large lamps of powdery matter reach, as is, the upper surface of sieve 170, which is typically made from a fine grid, the sifting process tend to be slow and inefficient. Therefore, by placing powder clumps-breaking-grid 160 before sieve 170, any formed large powder clumps are broken apart by powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 into smaller parts, making the powdery matter substantially fluffier.

It should be further noted that adding a bulk of parts (not shown), such as small globules, dimensioned to stay in between powder-clumps-breaking-grid 160 before sieve 170, further breaks the remaining powder-clumps into yet smaller parts making the powdery matter even more fluffy. The invention being thus described in terms of embodiments and examples, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.