US 9,809,438 B2
Fluid dispensing apparatus and system
Bergen Broodryk, Cape Town (ZA)
Assigned to Quickflow Beverage Technology (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town (ZA)
Appl. No. 15/103,710
Filed by Quickflow Beverage Technology (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town (ZA)
PCT Filed Dec. 10, 2014, PCT No. PCT/ZA2014/000074
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Jun. 10, 2016,
PCT Pub. No. WO2015/139062, PCT Pub. Date Sep. 17, 2015.
Claims priority of application No. 2013/09313 (ZA), filed on Dec. 11, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0297664 A1, Oct. 13, 2016
Int. Cl. B67D 1/00 (2006.01); B67D 1/04 (2006.01); B67D 3/00 (2006.01); B67D 1/12 (2006.01)
CPC B67D 1/0418 (2013.01) [B67D 1/0021 (2013.01); B67D 1/0079 (2013.01); B67D 1/125 (2013.01); B67D 3/0035 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A fluid dispensing apparatus including: a cap for covering a mouth of a container;
first securing means for, in use, securing the cap to the mouth of the container;
a cover on the cap for, in use, regulating flow of fluid from the container on which the cap is secured through the cap, the cover being in the form of a cap valve that is movable between: (i) a closed condition in which the cap valve prevents access to the interior of the container and seals the container; and (ii) an open condition in which the can valve permits access to the interior of the container;
a seat for, in use, receiving the cap or the container to which the cap is secured therein;
second securing means for, in use, securing either the cap or the container to which the cap is secured to the seat;
a probe located within the seat for, in use, moving the cap valve from the closed condition to the open condition when the cap or the container to which the cap is secured is received in the seat, and thereby permitting access to the interior of the container;
a gas conduit for, in use, charging the container associated with the cap with gas;
a gas valve for regulating flow of gas through the gas conduit;
a sensor for sensing whether the container or the cap is secured to the seat, which sensor causes the gas valve to: (i) open when the container or the cap is secured to the seat; and (ii) close when the container or the cap is not secured to the seat; and
a fluid outlet conduit that extends at least partially along the probe.