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1. (EP0858280) IMPROVED APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID HAND TREATMENT

Office : European Patent Office
Application Number: 96936834 Application Date: 22.10.1996
Publication Number: 0858280 Publication Date: 19.08.1998
Publication Kind : A1
Designated States: BE, DE, ES, FR, GB, IT, NL, SE
Prior PCT appl.: Application Number:US1996016915 ; Publication Number: Click to see the data
IPC:
A 47K
A47K 5/12
B65D 35/00
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
47
FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
K
SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
5
Holders or dispensers for soap, toothpaste, or the like
06
Dispensers for soap
12
for liquid or pasty soap
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
47
FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
K
SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
5
Holders or dispensers for soap, toothpaste, or the like
06
Dispensers for soap
12
for liquid or pasty soap
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
D
CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
35
Pliable tubular containers adapted to be permanently deformed to expel contents, e.g. collapsible tubes for toothpaste or other plastic or semi-liquid material; Holders therefor
CPC:
A47K 5/1215
Applicants: KIMBERLY CLARK CO
Inventors: BRANDENBURG ALLEN E
MALDONADO JOHN E
Priority Data: 55132495 01.11.1995 US
9616915 22.10.1996 US
Title: (DE) VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR AUSGABE VON FLÜSSIGEM HANDREINIGUNGSMITTEL
(EN) IMPROVED APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID HAND TREATMENT
(FR) DISPOSITIF ET PROCEDE AMELIORES DE DISTRIBUTION D'UN PRODUIT LIQUIDE POUR MAINS
Abstract:
(EN) An apparatus (10) for dispensing a liquid hand treatment such as soap into a consumer's hand in a public washroom includes first and second containers (20, 22) for storing liquid hand treatment, first and second nozzles (24, 26) and a pumping mechanism (32) for extracting liquid hand treatment from the first and second containers (20, 22) and expelling such liquid hand treatment, respectively, through the first and second nozzles (24, 26). The pumping mechanism (32) preferably includes a first actuator lever (36) for causing the pumping mechanism (32) to pump liquid hand treatment through said first nozzle (24), and a second actuator lever (38) for causing said pumping mechanism (32) to pump liquid hand treatment through said second nozzle (26), said first and second levers (36, 38) being independently operable, whereby liquid hand treatment may be dispensed electively through either container (20, 22). In addition, each actuator lever (36, 38) preferably includes indicia for instructing a consumer how to orient his or her hand when actuating the lever (36, 38), and the nozzle (24, 26) is oriented to deliver liquid hand treatment into the consumer's palm when the lever (24, 26) is actuated and the user's hand is so oriented. Accordingly, the liquid hand treatment will be deposited in the most useful location with a minimum of wastage.
(FR) Un dispositif (10) destiné à des toilettes publiques et permettant de distribuer dans les mains d'un consommateur un produit liquide pour mains, tel qu'un savon, comprend un premier et un second réservoir (20, 22) pour stocker le produit liquide, un premier et un second embout (24, 26), et un mécanisme de pompage (32) pour extraire le produit du premier et du second réservoir (20, 22) et le faire passer à travers le premier et le second embout (24, 26). Le mécanisme de pompage (32) comporte de préférence un premier levier d'actionnement (36), grâce auquel le mécanisme de pompage (32) pousse le produit dans ledit premier embout (24), et un second levier d'actionnement (38), grâce auquel le mécanisme de pompage pousse le produit dans ledit second embout (26). Les deux leviers (36, 38) peuvent fonctionner indépendamment, et le produit peut être distribué au choix par l'un ou l'autre réservoir (20, 22). Chaque levier d'actionnement (36, 38) comporte de préférence des renseignements indiquant au consommateur comment il doit orienter sa main quand il actionne le levier (36, 38), et l'embout (24, 26) est orienté de façon à délivrer du produit dans la paume de la main du consommateur quand celui-ci actionne le levier (36, 38) et oriente sa main de la manière indiquée. Ainsi, le produit sera déposé à l'emplacement le plus judicieux avec un minimum de gaspillage.
Also published as:
MXPA/a/1998/003201SG53242RU02159069JPH11514542CN1205618CA2234136
KR1019990067228AU1996074660WO/1997/016107