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1. US5108006 - Tablet dispenser with locking means

Office United States of America
Application Number 07515978
Application Date 27.04.1990
Publication Number 5108006
Publication Date 28.04.1992
Grant Number 5108006
Grant Date 28.04.1992
Publication Kind A
IPC
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
83
Containers or packages with special means for dispensing contents
04
for dispensing annular, disc-shaped, or spherical or like small articles, e.g. tablets, pills
B65D 83/04
CPC
B65D 83/0409
B65D 2215/04
B65D 2583/0481
Applicants The Procter & Gamble Company
Inventors Tieke Edward S.
Dawson Robert E.
Smith Douglas W.
Gruver John S.
Agents Hilton Michael E.
Linman E. Kelly
Witte Richard C.
Title
(EN) Tablet dispenser with locking means
Abstract
(EN)

A tablet dispensing container comprehending a tubular sleeve, a reciprocating element and a locking mechanism. The tubular sleeve forms the container and has two opposing openings therein; a dispensing opening in the lower end and a reciprocating element opening in the upper end. The reciprocating element is attached to the tubular sleeve and is biased toward the upper end. A user manually depresses the reciprocating element which forces the end with the tablet accommodating mechanism through the dispensing opening thereby dispensing a tablet. A locking mechanism prevents the reciprocating element from reciprocating when in a locked position. The locking mechanism permits reciprocation of the reciprocating element when in the unlocked position. The locking mechanism is adapted to remain in either the locked or the unlocked position until manually moved to the other position. Preferably, the locking mechanism includes a visual signal which indicates when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked position. Even more preferably, the locking mechanism also includes tactile and audible signals indicating arrival of the locking mechansim at the unlocked position.