Particulate dispensing system

  • US 5,638,988 A
  • Filed: 12/22/1995
  • Issued: 06/17/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A dispensing system for dispensing a material from an upwardly directed hopper, comprising:

  • a container, said container including;

    an outer container having outer walls defining a chamber, said outer container having an upper end and an opposing lower end, said lower end and adjacent portions of said outer wall defining a lower portion of said outer container and said upper end and adjacent portions of said outer wall defining an upper portion of said outer container;

    means for removing said lower portion of said outer container from said upper portion of said outer container;

    an insert having inner walls extending to form a lower peripheral edge and defining a passageway of said insert, said inner walls of said insert facing said outer walls of said outer container, with said lower peripheral edge defining an aperture adjacent said lower end of said outer container; and

    a liner positioned in said passageway and extending across said aperture, and adapted to contain the material to be dispensed; and

    a chute assembly comprising;

    a body member defining a top opening, a bottom opening, and a passageway of said chute therebetween, with said bottom opening positionable over said hopper;

    a cutting assembly positioned in said chute assembly and extending across said bottom opening;

    a door pivotally connected to the body member and moveable between a closed position and an open position, the door being normally biased in the closed position and covering said top opening; and

    a releasable latch securing said door in said closed position;

    wherein after said bottom portion of said container is removed from said container to expose a portion of said liner, and said container is positioned over and inserted into said top opening of said chute assembly with the exposed liner portion oriented toward the bottom opening of said chute assembly, said latch automatically releases, allowing said door to move to said open position, said container to slide downward into said chute assembly passageway, said liner to contact said cutting assembly and thereby create an opening in said liner through which said material flows into said chute assembly passageway and into said hopper.

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