US 9,809,052 B2
Container with integrated closure and methods
Shawn D. Heipp, Dublin, OH (US)
Assigned to Elmer's Products, Inc., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed by Elmer's Products, Inc., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed on Apr. 13, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/98,106.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/146,575, filed on Apr. 13, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0297599 A1, Oct. 13, 2016
Int. Cl. B43K 7/12 (2006.01); B43M 11/06 (2006.01); A45D 40/06 (2006.01); A45D 40/22 (2006.01); A45D 40/10 (2006.01); A45D 40/04 (2006.01); A45D 40/02 (2006.01)
CPC B43M 11/06 (2013.01) [A45D 40/023 (2013.01); A45D 40/04 (2013.01); A45D 40/06 (2013.01); A45D 40/065 (2013.01); A45D 40/10 (2013.01); A45D 40/22 (2013.01); A45D 40/222 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A container, comprising:
an exterior housing;
a valve disposed at a first end of the exterior housing, wherein the valve comprises a plurality of adjacent sections that are configured to contact one another to seal the container when the valve is in a closed position; and
a mechanical device for advancing a product through the container and for opening the valve, wherein the mechanical device comprises:
a screw component having a base portion positioned outside of the exterior housing at a second end opposite the valve and a threaded portion extending from the base portion within the exterior housing;
a valve lifter component operable to open the valve and positioned at least partially within the exterior housing, wherein the valve lifter component is selectively slidable between a retracted position, in which the valve is closed, and alternatively an extended position, in which the valve is open;
a biasing element positioned at a first end of the valve lifter component, wherein the biasing element engages and applies force to the valve lifter component; and
an elevator component positioned within the exterior housing for advancing the product through the container, wherein the elevator component is engaged and operated by the threaded portion of the screw component.