Hygienic liquid dispensing system including feed tube or probe for opening and resealing coaxial cap

  • US 5,295,519 A
  • Filed: 05/06/1993
  • Issued: 03/22/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A liquid container support and hygienic delivery system for dispensing drinking water or other potable liquid into a dischargeable reservoir open at its upper end and housed within a cabinet from an inverted container having a substantially rigid body with a radially directed shoulder portion merging into a generally cylindrical depending neck defining an opening comprising, in combination,mounting means adapted to fit on the upper portion of said cabinet and defining an annular ring for supporting said shoulder portion of said inverted container thereon, said mounting means also defining a tapered entry portion having a substantially closed inner wall extending downwardly and inwardly from said annular ring for receiving said inverted container neck therein, said entry portion having a lower end and a length greater than that of said container neck when said inverted container shoulder portion is supported on said annular ring,means coupled to said entry portion for sealingly closing said open upper end of said reservoir and for supporting an upstanding probe dimensioned to penetrate into said container neck to provide a hygienic flow path for delivering liquid from said inverted container into said reservoir,said liquid container being provided with a coaxial cap circumferentially surrounding at least an outer axial portion of said neck and having an internal recess therein including a sleeve portion and a sealing plug portion connected thereto, said sleeve portion and said plug portion being integrally formed with a frangible connection therebetween including an area of reduced wall thickness, said upstanding probe being disposed for entry into said recess to separate said plug from said sleeve when said container is inverted and lowered onto said support ring, said frangible connection being adapted to be ruptured and said plug portion axially separated from said sleeve portion upon the forcible insertion of said probe into said recess in order to permit the discharge of liquid from said container.

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